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Blackwell Named as an All-State Assistant Coach

By Jeff Mapes
Davis head basketball coach Dakota Blackwell was notified last week by the Oklahoma Coaches Association that he has been selected as an all-state assistant coach. He will assist Brandon Weaver of Oklahoma Christian School in leading the Small School West team at this summer’s All-State Game.
The contest is scheduled for July 25 in Tulsa. It is part of the annual OCA Coaches Clinic that runs that same week.
“I was a little shocked, honestly to say the least,” Blackwell said. “It’s pretty prestigious just to be nominated and considered with the other four guys on the west side. I was very appreciative of them thinking of our team that highly.”
Blackwell guided the Wolves this season to a 19-9 record and a district championship. Davis won the Comet Classic title and finished second by tiebreaker over Lexington in the Quad County Conference race.
The Wolves advanced to the area tournament for the first time since 2011. They were eliminated in a two-point loss to Apache.
“To me, it’s not an honor for me, really,” Blackwell said. “It’s a reflection of the team as a whole. The 16 guys we had on the team and the three assistant coaches more than myself.”
Blackwell is in his sixth year at Davis Schools. The Ada graduate got his start coaching seventh grade boys’ and girls’ basketball while volunteering as an assistant on the high school teams.
He was elevated to boys’ assistant his second year and served there for three years. In two years as the Wolves’ head man, Blackwell is 25-27.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity,” Blackwell said of his nomination. “To get up there and be around high-level coaches that have obviously succeeded at the highest level with state championships. I’m just proud to represent Davis in that game.”
“I’m truly blessed and truly honored for the opportunity,” Blackwell continued. “Couldn’t pick a better place to be at.”

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