Jenks wrestling coach to step down after season
After two decades at Jenks, wrestling coach Ray Weis has announced he’ll be stepping down from his position at the end of the season.
Weis announced his decision to his team last week. He says he has always planned to step down at some point and with the completion of his master’s degree in Educational Leadership, the time was right.
Weis currently has no plans set in stone for his future, however, he plans to remain with Jenks Public Schools in some capacity.
“I’m ready to make that next step,” Weis said. “I’ve planned to move into administration. I am confident that will happen. It may not happen next year, but it’ll happen. If I do have the year off, I’ll definitely use that time to relax, take a breath and get ready for what’s going to happen in the future.”
Weis says that there hasn’t been a decision made on who the next coach will be. Athletic Director Tony Dillingham has told Weis that he will have input in the next hire.
“I’ve been around wrestling for 20 years, I know people, I know coaches and I know what would be a good fit here and what would not be a good fit,” Weis said. “I’m not picking the next coach, but I’ll have input.”
Weis says expects the job to be highly sought after given the positive state of the program.
“I think this is a great job for somebody to come in and I expect we’ll have a lot of good applicants that are interested in working with Jenks,” he said. “Right now, we are probably having as much success as Jenks has ever had. We have a lot of kids in the middle school, we have a lot of kids at the high school. I think it’s a program that can continue and thrive in the future.”
Weis cited that his youngest of three is graduating this year. He was able to coach each of his three sons, Jacob, Ryan and Garrett, in the past 10 years.
The decision didn’t come lightly for Weis, but he says it was the right move overall.
“I’ve been a wrestler for 41 of my 47 years and I absolutely love the sport,” he said. “I love what it does for kids. The resemblances between wrestling and life are unbelievable for me as I can pick things out for kids to help them grow up. I have been dealing with kids for 25 years now and the instrument that I’ve used to reach kids has been wrestling. I love what I’ve done.”
This is Weis’ 20th year leading the Trojans. He has 25 years of coaching experience overall.
“I could do this until I retire from everything, but I’ve always had that desire to go to the next step and see what’s out there,” Weis said. “It seemed like it was the right time to change directions and do it for me.”