Coaches Mentoring Challenge Campaign 2018-19


August 30, 2019

The 2018-19 campaign kicked off with endorsements from OSU Head Football Coach Mike Gundy and OU Head Football Coach Lincoln Riley in collaboration with state mentoring organizations and the Boren Mentoring Initiative, a program of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. During the campaign, coaches from public and private elementary and secondary schools, as well as many colleges and universities in Oklahoma stepped up to endorse mentoring.

The Coaches Mentoring Challenge began in 2008 as a friendly competition between mentoring advocates Coach Tom Osborne of the University of Nebraska and Coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State University. Since then, many coaches from universities, colleges and secondary schools around the country have signed up to endorse mentoring.

The Boren Mentoring Initiative is a program of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide nonprofit that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in public schools. The mentoring initiative, named for foundation founder and chairman David L. Boren and his wife, Molly, grew out of their shared support for mentoring and its proven impact on student success in and out of the classroom.

The initiative was launched in 2006 to promote the growth and development of quality youth mentoring programs statewide, providing free consulting and resources. The Mentoring Initiative also celebrates the impact of mentoring by honoring outstanding volunteers at the annual Oklahoma Mentor Day. As a resource for those seeking a mentor or mentoring opportunities, the initiative hosts a directory of 328 Oklahoma mentoring organizations on its website at

“We are happy to meet with schools, churches, businesses and others interested in starting a mentoring program in their community,” Woodrome said. “Research has shown that the most positive outcomes of mentoring are improved academic performance, positive mentor-mentee relationships, improved behavior, increased self-esteem and greater enrichment opportunities for participating youth.”

For more information, visit or contact Woodrome at (405) 590-4063.

Local participating schools were:

ALVA – Jennifer Taylor, head high school slowpitch, assistant high school fastpitch and assistant girls’ high school basketball coach, Alva Public Schools.

CHEROKEE – Matt Guffy, head boys’ basketball and head golf coach, Cherokee Public Schools; Steve Hickman, high school boys’ track coach, Cherokee Public Schools; Greg Jantzen, assistant softball coach, Cherokee Public Schools; Travis Lyon, assistant boys’ basketball and track coach, Cherokee Public Schools; Kirsten Pruett, cross country and girls’ basketball and girls’ track coach, Cherokee Public Schools; Lane Pruett, junior high and high school baseball coach, Cherokee Public Schools; Bryce Schanbacher, head football and head girls’ track coach, Cherokee Public Schools; Amanda Stinnett, head softball and assistant basketball coach; Cherokee Public Schools; George Weve, assistant football and boys’ track coach, Cherokee Public Schools.

FREEDOM – Jim Miller, superintendent, Freedom Public Schools.

WAYNOKA – Scott Cline, football coach and superintendent, Waynoka Public Schools.


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