The Sooners are pleased to announce the hiring of John Buck as their new head coach. Buck comes to the club after leading the Myers Riders Bantam NCAFA to 5 championships in the last 10 years. The 37 year old Ottawa native has also coached at South Carleton High School and with the Bell Warriors program.
The Sooners have always been on Buck's radar. “I’m an Ottawa guy, born and raised,” Buck says. “Growing-up, the Sooners were always 'the big guys'. So many great names have come through the Sooners' program – whether it be players like Darren Joseph or Jeff Koradi, or coaches like Jim Daley or Greg Marshall. To have an opportunity to coach a team with such a storied history, not to mention now being Ottawa’s only Junior Football team, is something I couldn’t refuse."
Buck believes rules and structure are important but insists on creating a fair, positive atmosphere for the players. “I consider myself to be detail-oriented and strive to out-prepare and out-recruit the opposition," Buck says. "My goal is to surround myself with like-minded, competent coaches and players who are quality people. I try to create an environment within which others are able to have fun and learn.”