Two icons of the Ada High sports world will be honored at the 3rd Annual Ada Cougar All-Sports Golf Tournament Monday at the Oak Hills Golf and Country Club.
Brothers Paul and the late Leon ‘Skeeter’ Landrith will be the honorees.
“Their contributions to the success of Cougar athletics is well known throughout the state of Oklahoma,” said Ada Athletic Director Mike Anderson. “Their days as a Cougar are a special part of our traition. This tradition is an asset that is unique to Ada High School and will always help lead the way to future success.”
In 14 basketball seasons at Ada, Paul Landrith rolled up a 231-111 won-lost record that included six Sooner Star titles and a Boomer Conference co-championship as well as seven regional crowns. His 1962 team went 26-2 and won the Class A state title. He was named Oklahoma Coach of the Year by the state’s sportswriters. After winning the state title, Landrith gave up coaching and worked in administration until retirement in 1984. Paul Landrith was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1976.
Paul Landrith was born April 28, 1919, at Centrahoma. After graduating from Byng High School in 1938, he graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Central University. He earned a master’s from the University of Oklahoma in 1951. He was a coach/educator in the Ada City Schools system for more than 38 years. During that time he also served on the Ada City Council and was mayor in 1976.
Leon Landrith, who passed away Sept. 17, 2008, was born Jan. 26, 1921, at Ada. He lived in Ada all his life and graduated from Byng High School. He graduated from East Central University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and then a master’s in administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Leon Landrith started his teaching career at Vamoosa where he taught one semester before moving to Ada High. He taught from 1948-1984 in Ada, teaching elementary students, business at the high school, and was an administrator at both the junior high and high school.
He was the AHS golf coach and his teams won four state championships. He was recognized as a nominee for National High School Golf Coach of the Year in 1977.
The first Ada Cougar All-Sports Golf Tournament in 2009 honored former AHS (‘64) and OU quarterback Bob Warmack. Last year the Cougar football family trio of Pat, Jay and Benton O'Neal were honored.