History: The Oklahoma City Patriots were created in 2002 as a way to give home educated young men an opportunity to play competitive football. The first few years of Patriot football the team had just enough players to make an 8-man team. The Patriots didn’t have a home field and practice locations were not great. But the program grew and a Mid High team was added in addition to the High School team. In 2012, the program joined the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association, this gave players an opportunity to compete for a state title and earn All-State honors. The High School team made it to the State Championship five years in a row. In some thrilling games, we were State Runner-Up each of those years. In 2015, a partnership with Santa Fe Charter Schools was created, which provided a practice field and a true home field. By 2017, God had blessed the Patriot Nation and it had grown exponentially. The Patriots left the OCSAA and moved to 11-man football. In 2017, the team traveled to Florida for the National Home School Football Tournament, we won the tournament and were National Champions. Governor Mary Fallon honored the Patriots by declaring November 16, 2016 “Oklahoma City Patriots National Championship Day”. Our players were honored at the Oklahoma City Capitol. The program has continued to grow and compete. In 2020, the team won their Division at the National Homeschool Tournament in Florida.
Victories on the field are important and the Patriots stove to win every game they play. However, growing young men, their leadership, and their relationship with Christ is the true heart of the Patriots Football program.
- Chad Raymond, President/Athletic Director
- Doug Klassen, Treasurer
- Shanna Lewis, Secretary/Communications
- Eric Johnson, Equipment
- Will McConnell, Equipment
- Brent Kanaly
- Chad McLerran
- Tony Brummitt
- Michael Davis
- Michael Lewisn
- Chris Toney, High School Head Coach
- Ron Yocum, Mid High Head Coach
Ron Yocum, Mid High Head Coach: I am currently the Headmaster of Cornerstone Christian Academy in Southwest Oklahoma City. My wife, Coleen, and I have been married for 53 years. We have 6 daughters and 1 son; 4 sons-in-law and 1 daughter-in-law; 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. I am a blessed man. I have coached football for 20+ years in various capacities and age groups and in three diﬀerent states. I have started two football programs here in Oklahoma and one in Seattle, Washington.
When I began coaching full me in 1974 I was a Coach who was a Christian. In 1977 I became a Christian Coach. What’s the diﬀerence you may ask? Most of us who are Christians live our lives in secular society “being in the world but not of the world” as Jesus commanded us. When I allowed Christ to live and coach through me I became a Christian Coach. Football is just a game unless we use it to teach young men about God and how He wants us to live. Football is a vehicle to train up Godly men to take our places in society.
Winning or success in any walk of life is a by-product of planning and hard work. The legendary coach John Wootan said this “The will to prepare to win is more important than the will to win.” Paul tells us to “run the race to win the prize.” That prize is the high calling of Jesus Christ. Col. 3:23 reads “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily as unto God and not unto man.” We should live our lives as if Jesus Christ is our only audience, and that is how I coach young men.
- To be eligible for High School, the player must not turn 19 before September 1st of the current season. To be eligible for Mid-High, the player must not turn 15 before September 1st of the current season (following OSSAA guidelines)
- At the Varsity (High School) level a player is only eligible to play for 4 consecutive seasons.
- The player must be enrolled in at least four classes and be able to provide info regarding classes.
- The player must meet one of the following criteria:
- Player is independently home educated
- Player is enrolled in a Public School at Home program and cannot play sports for a public school.
- Player is enrolled in a Private School that does not offer a sports program.
- A Santa Fe Charter School student who is in good standing with Santa Fe Charter Schools.