NEO’s Bigby Announces Plans to Retire


Miami, Oklahoma – Friday, May 6, 2011 – Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO) Head Football Coach Donnie Bigby announced his retirement early Friday morning after 10 years at NEO, effectively immediately.

Bigby’s impressive coaching tenure began nearly three decades ago. In 1983, Bigby was hired as a coach in Wilburton Public Schools in Wilburton, Okla. Bigby would spend 19 years in the High School ranks, before leaving Owasso High School for NEO. Bigby came to NEO in 2001 as the offensive line coach. In the 2003 championship season, Bigby served as offensive coordinator for the Norsemen. Bigby spent the last two seasons as the Head Coach for NEO, producing 20 division one offensive linemen. Coach Bigby has produced six All Americans and eight All Southwest Conference Offensive Linemen.

“I have been coaching for nearly 30 years,” Bigby said. “I am at a point in my life where I want to reassess my priorities and think about my future with my family. The relationships I made the past 10 years at NEO are invaluable to me, but I look forward to catching my breath and starting the next phase in my life.”

Dustin Grover, NEO Interim Athletic Director said, “It will be difficult to find anyone with more enthusiasm for NEO Football than Donnie Bigby. He has been an important part of laying the groundwork that will bring NEO football to prominence; we wish Coach Bigby well in his future endeavors.”

Grover added that NEO will begin the search immediately.

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