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Oklahoma Panhandle State football coach announces resignation

Oklahoma Panhandle State University Head Football Coach Russell Gaskamp announced his resignation on Monday. (Courtesy: Oklahoma Panhandle State University)

Oklahoma Panhandle State University Head Football Coach Russell Gaskamp announced his resignation on Monday.

According to the university, Gaskamp, who has been the Aggies' head coach since 2012, is moving on to other opportunities after OPSU finished this season with a 6-5 record with an appearance in the Sooner Athletic Conference championship game.

"I appreciate everything that Russell has done for the OPSU campus and the community," Athletic Director Meghan Mulcahy said. He has taken the football team and turned into one of national recognition while supporting the local community. He will be greatly missed by the athletic department, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Gaskamp led the Aggies during their transition to the NAIA in 2017 when OPSU posted a 7-3 mark during their first season in the NAIA. Gaskamp finished his time at OPSU with a 35-38 total record over his seven years at the helm.

“Coach Gas has been a very important part of our team at Panhandle State,” said OPSU President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “His leadership on and off the field is appreciated, and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Prior to coaching for the Aggies, Gaskamp spent seven years coaching in the Lone Star Conference, including tenures with Angelo State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce and Sam Houston State University.

“I believe he will have many more years of success as a football coach," Faltyn said.

Gaskamp is a native of Weatherford, Okla. and was a center for the University of Texas Longhorns during his college playing days.

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