Richard Worley is very humbled at the thought of being inducted into the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“I didn’t have that good of a record (142-126) compared to some of the guys,” Worley said, “but I am sure happy to make it.”
Worley and Oklahoma eight-man football pioneer Max Moore will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the annual awards banquet Friday, July 9 at NEO’s Carter Student Union Ballroom.
Worley spent 28 of his 32 years in coaching in eight-man football.
He coached some good teams and “I had some pretty bad teams, too,” Worley said by phone Tuesday from his home near Konawa.
The home he and his wife, Linda, retired to has been in the Worley family since before statehood.
Worley was a two-time all-star coach and a three-time all-star counselor.
He was a coach on the Green all-star team, serving with his son, James, who was a Green counselor.
James Worley is a football, basketball and baseball coach at Canton.
“Coach (John) Greenfield, Coach (Tony) Hawkins and the other coaches in my district, when they had their meeting, thought it would be nice if I could go up there with my son as a counselor,” Richard Worley said. “Tony probably deserved to go up there since they were the district champ.”
Richard Worley also got to coach his son in the 1997 all-star game.
“It was Class C vs. Class B and Class B was loaded,” the elder Worley said. “It was pretty tough.”
Richard Worley’s first two jobs were as an assistant at 11-man Davenport — the 1974 undefeated Class B champ — and Chickasha.
Worley also served stints at Yarbrough, Bray-Doyle, Shidler, Jet-Nash, Bowlegs and two stints at Depew that were sandwiched around a year at Life Christian Academy in Oklahoma City.
Making the transition from 11-man to eight-man was easy, Worley said.
“The offense I used was basically the same one, with some variations, that I used last summer,” he said. “I learned from a good coach at Davenport (Steve Richards).”
While at Shidler, the Tigers were the only team to beat Morrison in 1986 thanks to a 50-yard drive that was capped by a game-winning 39-yard field goal.
That was the only time in seven or eight tries that a Worley-coached team beat Morrison, which was an eight-man juggernaut until its move up to 11-man two seasons ago.
“We had a real good team, but so did Morrison,” Worley said.
Also during the ‘86 season, Shidler suffered an 8-6 district loss to Welch, which went on to win the Class B state title over Morrison.
He returned to coaching in 2007, helping turn around the Depew program. The Hornets went from 2-8 to 8-3, losing in the Class B quarterfinals to eventual state champ Garber.
A three-sport standout at Bristow (the Pirates regularly competed in track regionals at Robertson Field), Worley also played football and ran track at Connors State College. He graduated from Oklahoma State University.