Travis Hill, the former highly successful football coach at East Central High School, will become Muskogee’s new head coach during a noon Tuesday special school board meeting, athletic director Jason Parker confirmed.
Hill coached at East Central for 14 seasons (1998-2011), turning the Cards into a Class 5A juggernaut. He guided them to a 136-36 record, winning a state championship in 2005 and a state runner-up finish in 2010.
Hill served as Muskogee’s defensive coordinator and associate head coach this past season and became interim head coach following Rafe Watkins’ departure in November after six seasons at the helm.
“I am happy to announce that I will be recommending Travis Hill to the Board of Education as our new head football coach,” Muskogee superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall said in a news release. “Coach Hill is a proven winner and clearly understands the expectations of taking the program to the next level.”
Hill said he was “extremely excited. You look at the rich tradition of Muskogee football, this town is built around football success and always has been. As a young man growing up in Northeastern Oklahoma, in the Tulsa area, you were always aware of the tradition of Muskogee Rougher football. To get the opportunity to lead this tradition-rich program is exciting for me and my family.”
Hill resigned at East Central following the 2011 season amid a Tulsa Public Schools investigation and spent three years in the private sector before joining Watkins’ staff in 2015. He coached defense in 2016 when the Roughers went to the 6A Division II semifinals.
He later moved to Broken Arrow and was part of the Tigers’ staff in 2018 when they won the 6A Division I crown, the school’s only state football title.