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Kellyville hands football reins to Hall of Fame coach Jim Cherry
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Kellyville hands football reins to Hall of Fame coach Jim Cherry

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Jim Cherry, Edison’s all-time winningest football coach, is finishing his fourth year as Victory Christian superintendent and has been with the school for 20 years, including five as head coach. On Wednesday, he confirmed that he is going to Kellyville as head coach.

Kellyville has hired a Hall of Fame coach to lead its football program.

Jim Cherry said he is leaving Victory Christian after four years as superintendent and will replace Joe Brown, who is headed to Okmulgee, as the Ponies’ football coach.

Kellyville has also hired Dakota Brasher as its new girls basketball coach, replacing Jim Upshaw, who is stepping down with the graduation of his daughter, All-State guard Jade Upshaw.

Upshaw guided the Ponies to a Class 3A semifinal finish this past season in the school’s first trip to the state tournament in girls basketball. He will remain as athletic director and assistant principal.

Cherry is in his 47th year of education and has coached football for 37 of those years, including 29 as head coach. He went into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2019.

He guided the Conquerors to a state runner-up finish in 2004 and has worked in an assistant’s capacity since giving up the role of head coach in 2007. He is finishing his 20th year with the school and served as dean of students before becoming superintendent in 2017.

“I love my job at Victory, but I’ve missed coaching so much,” he said. “When I knew this would be my last year (as superintendent), I started looking into some things. The result is, I’m going to coach football at Kellyville.”

Before his five seasons as Victory’s head coach (2002-06), Cherry was at Bristow (1994-99) and guided the Purple Pirates to a state runner-up finish in 1999. He was also head coach at Berryhill (1975-80) and Edison (1984-93, ‘09-10) and is 173-139 as a head coach.

Brasher received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and was a manager for the Hoosiers men’s basketball team in 2014-17. He received his master’s degree from Oral Roberts University while spending two seasons as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball team.

Last year, he was hired as a men’s basketball assistant at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, but funding for the position was cut because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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