Cal­lens joins BA foot­ball staff

Tulsa World - - Sports - By Mike Brown Mike Brown 918-581-8390

vs. Ken­tucky/ Notre Dame (St. Pete Inv.), 3 p.m./6

Bro­ken Ar­row foot­ball coach David Alexan­der said he got to know Corey Cal­lens while they worked the East­ern Ok­la­homa Of­fen­sive Line Camp at Bixby the last cou­ple of years.

From that as­so­ci­a­tion came the news that Alexan­der has hired the for­mer Jenks High stand­out and Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa de­fen­sive line­man to coach the Tigers' de­fen­sive line­men.

“Corey's gonna walk into that room with those teenagers with tons and tons of cred­i­bil­ity,” Alexan­der said. “He brings a rare el­e­ment that will be hard to find in a coach­ing staff.”

A pow­er­ful de­fen­sive end, Cal­lens helped lead Jenks to the first of its 13 state ti­tles un­der for­mer head coach Al­lan Trim­ble in 1996 and was Tulsa World co-player of the year.

He went on to play on OU's na­tional cham­pi­onship team in 2000, was part of the Mi­ami Dol­phins for a time and played two sea­sons with the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe.

He spent six sea­sons on OU's strength and con­di­tion­ing staff and re­cently com­pleted his sec­ond sea­son as a South­moore as­sis­tant.

“I've been want­ing to get back to the east­ern side of the state and I missed the kind of foot­ball cul­ture I ex­pe­ri­enced at Jenks,” Cal­lens said. “When I talked to coach Alexan­der about that (cul­ture), I could tell he knew what I was talk­ing about.”

Cal­lens and his wife of 18 years, Mar­isha, have four chil­dren. Corey Jr., the el­dest of three sons, to­taled 53 tack­les as a South­moore ju­nior last sea­son. He has the op­tion of fol­low­ing his father to Bro­ken Ar­row or play­ing his se­nior sea­son at South­moore.

Alexan­der said Cal­lens and his fam­ily “will make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live.”

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