Matt Surber has stepped down as Tuttle’s wrestling coach.
Surber told The Oklahoman on Wednesday he accepted an offer to become the principal of Tuttle High. The move must be approved by the school board. If approved, Surber will officially begin his new job on July 1.
“My influence on the wrestling team has been great but compared to the whole school has been small,” Surber said. “I think it’s going to open up an opportunity where maybe I get to inspire teachers and students at a bigger level.”
Surber was interviewed last week and accepted the offer on Monday. He will replace Twylla Hester, who recently told school officials she will resign.
Surber took over the wrestling program in 2006, and the Tigers dominated their competition during his tenure.
Tuttle won its 12th consecutive state tournament title this year, setting a record. The Class 4A Tigers had a record nine wrestlers win an individual state championship and recorded the most team points (247) in state tournament history. Tuttle also won its 11th straight dual state title.
Surber’s son, Luke, is one of the nation’s top-ranked wrestlers of the 2020 class. After missing part of the season with a broken right hand, he won the Class 4A state title at 182 pounds. He will wrestle at Oklahoma State.
Matt Surber said his decision to quit coaching was difficult, but he is proud of the impact he had on the wrestling program.
“We’ve had kids go to a lot of places,” he said. “I’m most proud of that. The opportunity that wrestling has provided our kids to further their education and, of course, all of the relationships and influences I’ve had over the years.”