Oklahoma high school baseball: Moore hires Cody Stephens as head coach

Oklahoma high school baseball: Moore hires Cody Stephens as head coach

Moore baseball looked into its own dugout to fill its head coaching vacancy.

The Lions announced the hiring of two-year assistant coach Cody Stephens as the next head coach on Monday.

“This is his second full season with us and he’s done a really good job,” Moore athletic director Chad Mashburn said. “Enough that earned him a right to be a highly sought-after candidate for our job. Kids love him, parents recognize his baseball knowledge. He’s done a really good job.”

After putting together a decorated high school career at Silo, winning four state championships, Stephens played college baseball at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, where he was named an NJCAA All-American in 2009. He finished his career at East Central.

Stephens’ coaching tenure began at Tishomingo in 2012 where he was an assistant football coach for two years and head baseball coach for three years before joining Chickasha as an assistant baseball coach in 2016.

“Coach Stephens brings a wealth of success and experience to the program having won numerous state titles with the Silo Rebels, as well being selected as a Southeastern Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association All-Star…” Moore booster club president Richard Maxey said in a release.

Moore recorded a 16-19 record falling in the regional tournament last season under Sunny Golloway.

Eric Litherland, a Shawnee alum who spent the past three seasons as Bethel’s boys coach, announced Wednesday night he had taken the same position for the Wolves.

Litherland takes over for Paxton Kilby, who was Shawnee’s coach for only one season, leading it to a 16-7 record and appearance in the Class 5A state tournament.

Litherland told The Oklahoman the new position was an answer to prayer, and he’s excited to work with a great school, community and basketball team. Bethel went 14-9 last season, falling a win short of making the area tournament after losing in its opening regional contest.

Litherland, who also coached at Tecumseh previously, inherits a team with plenty of talent returning, including seniors Tanner Morris and Jaylon Orange. Morris averaged 15 points per contest last season while Orange tallied 11.7.

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