The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 5, 2014

NEO to hire new coach

Dale Patterson, athletic director at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, said Saturday the Golden Norsemen hope to announce a new head football coach by the end of this week.

Sherard Poteete left after one season as the NEO head coach to become offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

“It’s important to have someone on board when school starts up on Jan. 13,” Patterson said. “It’s important because of recruiting — signing date is about a month away — and our returning players. Our returnees need to know who is now their leader.

“We’ve interviewed two candidates,” Patterson said. “We would like to interview two more people early in the week. We hope to have someone hired by the end of this week.

“We’re looking for someone to win in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference,” Patterson said. “We’re concerned, too, about stability. The new coach will be No. 7 for us in 11 years. There’s no guarantees, of course, in longevity for coaches.

“This was an opportunity Coach Poteete couldn’t pass up,” Patterson said. “The Southeast Missouri position puts his wife much closer to home.

“We don’t know how the change will affect our assistants for next year,” Patterson said. “Some of our assistants have been here several years.”

Poteete, a former NEO quarterback under Patterson, guided the Miami-based Golden Norsemen to a record of 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the SWJCFC.

Poteete, a prep standout at Tulsa Union, is joining the staff of new head coach Tom Matukewicz at NCAA Division I (FCS) SEMO. Matukewicz had been defensive coordinator and linebackers coach the past two seasons at Toledo.

“I’ve known Coach Tuke since l was a player at Southern Illinois and he was a member of then-head coach Jerry Kill’s staff,” Poteete told Monty Franks in the Miami News-Record. “Over the years we’ve worked together at several summer camps.

“I wouldn’t have been in position to make this kind of move in my coaching career if it hadn’t been for Dr. Hale (NEO president Jeff Hale) and Coach Patterson giving me my first opportunity to become a head coach.” Poteete said.

“Coach Tuke is in the process of building his staff and we have a chance to build this program from the ground up,” Poteete said.

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