Bill Pingleton will be inducted into the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
MIAMI — Bill Pingleton, who coached Pernell High School to back-to-back Class B football titles in 1982-83, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Pingleton, who wrapped up his career in education two years ago as superintendent at Tushka, compiled a 43-7 record from 1980-84 at Pernell.
He will be recognized at the annual awards banquet Friday, June 16 at NEO’s Calcagno Family Ballroom and again at the half of the all-star game on Saturday, June 17.
He becomes the 51st member of the OEMFCA Hall of Fame.
“There was a lot of talent there, absolutely,” Pingleton said. They were big, strong and fast, which makes it makes it easy to coach.”
Pingleton spent six years at Pernell, two as an assistant and four as head coach. He moved to Atoka, where he was an assistant football coach for two years.
Pingleton spent 29 years in the Tushka district, going from classroom teacher and girls’ basketball coach to high school principal and girls’ basketball coach then superintendent.
“I had the pleasure to coach against Bill during his run at what I consider some of the best 8-man teams of all time,” current Morrison superintendent and former Wildcat coach Dennis Casey said in his letter of nomination.
“While Coach Pingleton did not have the longevity in the 8-man football ranks, he was definitely one of the most successful coaches to coach the game.”
“Coach Pingleton’s teams were very talented, but also very well coached. His teams played with what we all hope to see, sportsmanship, and class.”
Binger-Oney High School principal and all-state quarterback Larry Milligan said Pingleton challenged his players and demanded full effort.
“After winning the state title in ’82 and bringing back eight offensive and seven defensive starters, things looked pretty good for a repeat run,” Milligan said. “He challenged us to not just be state champios, but be a team everyone remembers and even 32 years later, I still run into people who want to talk about our team.
The Longhorns a record 807 points during the season.
“I’ve heard people say we ran the score up and I promise with the team we had, we could have scored 100 points a game if he wanted,” said Milligan, who has won 10 state titles as a baseball coach.
“We were really good on defense and could score at will,” Pingleton said.
Also among Pingleton’s former players are Troy Reust (1983), who worked in the White House under President George W. Bush, Big 12 basketball referee Calvin Prince and motivational speaker Willie Roney.
“He made us believe that we could become something very important and challenged us to go out in the world and make a difference,” Milligan said.
The game will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at Red Robertson Field. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Admission will be $5 for all ages.
Tickets will be available in advance at the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (111 N Main Street) or can be purchased at the gate on the day of the game.