The Mustang Broncos have landed one of the top track and field coaches in the state.
Shannon Atkinson has accepted the head coach position for both the Mustang boys and girls teams, bringing a heavy dose of experience, knowledge, and championship pedigree that could make the program instant state title contenders.
Atkinson’s daughter, Jordan, will also be running for the Broncos next spring. She will enter her junior season as the two-time defending state champion in the 100-meter dash.
Atkinson joins Mustang after spending 10 years as the head coach at Southmoore. He helped the Sabercats produce 19 individual state champions and has been recognized with Central Oklahoma Athletics Conference Coach of the Year honors.
A Duncan graduate and three-time state champion, Atkinson raced at Oklahoma State to start his college career before transferring to Oklahoma to finish. He graduated in 1997 and became an assistant coach for the Sooners and even coached LaVerne Jones-Ferrette at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.
Atkinson also has a daughter currently racing for the Sooners – Jada – who was a four-time state champion in the 100-meter dash. His wife, Jennifer Fontenot Atkinson, was also a Sooner standout. She was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma as well as a four-time state champion at Bartlesville.