The Edmond Sun

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May 2, 2011

Peeler, Free fill coaching vacancies

EDMOND — Two new coaches were named Monday night at the Edmond school board meeting.

Karlie Free was chosen as the head coach of the North girls basketball team and Dandy Peeler is taking over the lead for the Lady Bulldogs basketball team.

Free is presently the head coach at Sam Houston Math/Science Technology Center in Houston, Texas, where she’s been for two years. She played high school ball in Newkirk, then played for Oklahoma State University for one year before transferring to Central Oklahoma to finish out her career under coach Guy Hardaker.

“She’s a very exciting person and very dynamic,” North athletic director Tom Snider said.

“My husband and I are wanting to get back closer to family and we decided this is the right time,” Free said. “I’m excited and up for the challenge.”

Free will meet her team Wednesday and plans to move to Edmond this summer.

Peeler has been the head coach at Choctaw High School for the past three years. Before her run with the Yellowjackets she was at Putnam City for six years — four years as an assistant coach and two as head coach. An Elk City native, she graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she played softball. Currently she also coaches softball and golf at Choctaw.

“I’m really honored they picked me as coach,” Peeler said. “They have a tradition of success that’s on the line with my goals.”

Peeler is the second transfer from Choctaw for the Bulldogs with new athletic director Bill Bays taking the reigns from Mike De la Garza.

“She’s had success at Putnam City and Choctaw and that says a lot,” Bays said about Peeler. “She’s following an excellent coach and coming into a tradition-rich program so she’s got some challenges ahead of her. But she’s up to the challenge for sure.”

Peeler is replacing Shane Coffey who went to Tulsa University as an assistant coach. Free will follow Kevin Korstjens as the head coach at North.

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