Duncan resigns as Plainsmen hoops coach

Enid High School boys basketball coach Paul Duncan talks to a referee during a timeout against Del City Jan 12 at the Central National Bank Center. Duncan has resigned as the Plainsmen head coach after only one season. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Paul Duncan is no longer the head coach of the Enid Plainsmen basketball team.

Duncan submitted his letter of resignation of employment at Enid Public Schools on Thursday morning.

Duncan’s resignation comes less than a year after being named head coach of the Plainsmen. In his first year, the Plainsmen finished with a 4-20 record.

“I appreciate the effort the boys gave me,” Duncan said. “It’s always tough with a new coach coming in. I felt like they bought into what I was doing, and we showed a lot of signs of getting better as the year went on.”

The Plainsmen were 1-13 in their first 14 games, and finished their last 10 games with three wins over Ponca City, No. 3 Holland Hall (3A) and No. 19 Bishop McGuinness (5A). The Plainsmen finished the year with an 80-49 first-round loss to Union in the Class 6A playoffs.

Duncan said his future is undecided and will pursue coaching opportunities in another school district. Duncan has 28 years of coaching experience, and 23 years of head coaching experience, including most recently at Alva before coming to Enid. He has more than 300 wins in his career as a head coach. 

"Coach Duncan resigned his coaching duties this week. We greatly appreciate his service to the program and to Enid High School, and we wish him only the best for the future," Enid Public Schools superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said in a statement. "We will begin a comprehensive search immediately to find the best head coach possible to lead the Plainsmen boys basketball program."

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Godfrey is sports writer for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at tgodfrey@enidnews.com.


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