Owls welcome new high school football coach

Elgin High School Principal (and 2017 Interim Head Football Coach) Curtis Lorah, standing on right, introduces the new High School Football Coach, Rob Renshaw to players on Chronicle photos Friday, Dec. 15, in the cafeteria. by Lisa Carroll

ELGIN - “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard,” said Elgin High School’s new head football coach Rob Renshaw.

After being unanimously hired by Elgin’s Board of Education on Thursday, Dec. 14, the town of Elgin is very excited to welcome an outstanding teacher and coach who has been teaching for 23 years. He has been a head football for 13 seasons at various schools and has compiled an impressive record of his teams making the playoffs 12 of 13 years as a head coach.

After graduating high school from Blackwell, Renshaw packed his bags and moved to Miami, where he played baseball at Northeastern A&M College. A year later, he found himself playing baseball at Carl Albert State College in Poteau.

After two years of playing baseball at two different colleges, Renshaw then moved to Norman, where he would earn his marketing degree from the University of Oklahoma.

After graduating from OU, he spent two-and-a-half years as a stock broker. Soon, he would find himself doing what he always knew he wanted to do – become a teacher and a coach. Though Renshaw always imagined that he would coach baseball, football was another sport that was right up his alley.

For Renshaw, teaching history is in his blood; he is a fourth-generation history teacher – his father, his grandmother, his great-grandmother, and his great-grandfather were all history teachers.

His great-grandfather was even the dean of the history department at Texas Christian University.

Renshaw has taught every spectrum of history such as American history, world history, geography and economics.

Starting his coaching career at Bethany High School, Renshaw then went to Weatherford High School, to Putnam City High School, to Marlow High School where he has spent the past six years, and now to his new home in Elgin.

As for football, Renshaw is no stranger of a standard of excellence.