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May 30, 2014

Torrey in at LG, Maple to Cashion

LOCUST GROVE, OK — Locust Grove has tapped Weatherford girls basketball coach Dusty Torrey to fill the head boys coaching vacancy.

The decision was announced Thursday night.

"I've never coached in this area before," Torrey said, "but we're excited to get out there."

"Number one, he's a great guy," Locust Grove Athletic Director Justin Brown said Friday. "He's had success, won a state title. We're very happy to have him."

Torrey will replace former coach Ronnie Maple, who accepted the girls basketball coaching position in Cashion.

Torrey won a state championship in 2010 at Garber before leaving to become an administrator at Weatherford.

In 2013-14, he led the Lady Eagles to a 24-4 record and a state quarterfinal appearance.

Torrey has been a head coach for 14 years, including stops at Pawnee, Hennessey and Burlington. He replaced Brown as head coach at Pawnee, which is how the two met.

While at Garber, his teams made the state tournament four times in six years, including a title in 2010.

"I got out of coaching in 2010 to move into the administrative side in Weatherford," Torrey said. "Through some weird circumstances, I took over the girls program at Weatherford."

Torrey said he was drawn to the Locust Grove job because of his connections with Brown and consideration for his family. His daughter, a senior, will attend Oral Roberts University.

Torrey said he will meet the team on Sunday, and has seen plenty of talent on film. "There are a ton of positives to this job," he said.

Maple's hire was first reported by the Kingfisher Free Press.

Maple coached the Pirates for six seasons, compiling a 116-40 record over that span. His teams won district championships in each season he was the head coach.

Maple takes over a Cashion program that posted a 12-8 record in 2013-14.

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