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NE Oklahoma A&M hires Highland football coach Ryan Held
 January 9, 2014

MONTY FRANKS, THE MIAMI NEWS-RECORD


Former Highland (Kan.) Community College head football coach Ryan Held, was named Monday as head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, according to Golden Norse athletic director Dale Patterson.

The selection is pending approval by the Oklahoma State University and A&M Colleges, according to Patterson.

A press conference to formally introduce Held will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Crossland Athletic Center.

Held succeeds Sherard Poteete, who resigned last month after one season to become offensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University. The Golden Norsemen were 3-6 in Poteete's only season.

Ironically, one of NEO's wins was a 47-14 romp over Held's Scotties on Aug. 31 in Miami.

"We needed to hire somebody quickly because of recruiting, but we also wanted to get the right person," Patterson said. "We feel we have the right person. He's been successful at Panhandle, Southwestern (Southwestern Oklahoma State University) and now up there."

Held played wide receiver and quarterback at Nebraska before moving into the coaching profession.

"He's got a real dynamic personality," Patterson said. "He didn't play at NEO, but he has been in junior college football and he understands everything that is going on."

After guiding the Highland Scotties to a 2-7 season record and a 1-6 mark in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in his first year as head coach in 2012, Held led the Scotties to fourth place in the conference with a 5-2 mark. The Scotties lost 38-7 to Butler in the first round of the KJCCC playoffs to finish 6-4 on the season.

Under Held’s guidance, the Scotties averaged 31.9 points per game to place fifth in the conference while allowing 27.1 points on defense for fourth place overall. The Scotties led the KJCCC by averaging 428 yards per game. Highlands produced 12 players on the all-KJCCC team.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Held played for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers until graduating in 1997. Held’s first head coaching position came at NAIA Peru State College (Nebraska) in 2001. In 2002, Held became the head coach at NCAA Division II Panhandle Oklahoma State University in Goodwell which had the longest losing streak in the NCAA and only 17 players in the program when he took over.

He then moved on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Within two years, Held led his team to the 2007 North Division title, becoming the North Division Coach of the Year in 2006. Southwestern was named one of the top 10 most improved programs in the country in 2006. 

With Held as the offensive coordinator at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., from 2007 through 2011, the Grizzlies finished the 2011 season as the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI champions. Held’s offense finished second in the nation with a 513.7 yards per game average.





























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