Heavener football coach stepping down

Citing personal reasons, Heavener Wolves Football Coach John Thompson plans to step down. The announcement has not yet been made, but there is speculation that he will resign before the end of this school year.“Yes, he has said he plans to step down, but he has not given an official resignation,” Heavener Superintendent Ed Wilson said. “He told us he plans to get out (of coaching). He will stay within our system.” Thompson indicated he wants to stay in Heavener, and work with the boys and girls weight program at the high school and teach driver's education. Wilson said the coaching vacancy has been posted with the Oklahoma Coaches Association.“This is not something real easy to do, this is what is best for my family,” Thompson said. “I love the game of football. We love Heavener. I grew up here, but I've got a family to think about. I've got to get a break from the ridicule. I have to go home every night. My family has to listen to everything that is being said around town and in the stands every Friday night.”