At OKC Patriots, we're dedicated to nurturing young athletes on and off the field. Our mission is to provide a faith-driven environment where character development, athletic excellence, and lifelong friendships flourish. Through a blend of values and sportsmanship, we equip our players to be champions in faith and football.
Chris Toney - Head Coach
Christopher (Chris) Toney came to the Patriot Nation during the 2018 season, helping with our Junior High program. Chris works as a Public Insurance Adjuster here in Oklahoma City. Chris has an extensive background in athletics, especially football. Chris sees himself first as a husband to his wonderful wife Jennifer and father to his beautiful children Bellamy, Stella, Bray, Hope, Gracie, and Joshua.
Prior to raising his family, Chris attended Christian Heritage Academy and played eight-man football in high school. Chris went on to play football and baseball at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. Chris played linebacker and was part of the 1999 NAIA National Championship Football team. Chris then transferred to the University of Oklahoma. Chris played scout team linebacker that entire season as the Sooners went on to win the 2000 National Championship. Chris was soon after moved to fullback, where he started for the Sooners and was part of two Big 12 Championships, the Cotton Bowl Championship and the Rose Bowl Championship. Chris went on to play professionally in the arena leagues.
Chris believes his athletic skills and "doors" that opened during his athletic career were only placed and opened in his life to fulfill Kingdom work. That Kingdom work is the mission of the Patriot organization and can be summed up by using athletics to help make "Reliable Men." Reliable to the King and, thus, reliable husbands, fathers, brothers, and friends. Chris is passionate about helping the Patriot Program take its next steps and asks anyone reading this to prayerfully ask if they, too, are to come beside us in this mission. Reliable Men can only become reliable when devoted to the teachings of Jesus. Reliable men win football games, reliable men become good employees, reliable men become committed husbands, reliable men become devoted fathers, and reliable men become "hope to the Nation."
Steve Hawley - Mid High Head Coach
Coach Steve Hawley is in his second year as the head coach of the Patriots Mid-High football team. A native of Oklahoma, Steve has been a pastor and coach in Oklahoma, California, Hawaii, and Colorado. After college, he worked with and coached at-risk students in Los Angeles, California, before returning to Oklahoma. He was the Pastor at Eastland Hills Baptist Church for 23 years and, during this time, served as Head Coach for football, basketball, baseball, and track beginning in mid-high and then high school. His high school teams made the playoffs six times, winning a state championship and being state runner-up. He retired from coaching to do mission work in Hawaii and Colorado for 17 years but returned to Oklahoma to care for his parents and to be involved in his grandkids’ lives. In addition to coaching the Patriot, he is a Teaching Pastor at Grace Place Baptist Church and the President of Hawley Consulting Group, a Financial Services Group that works with Medicare, Life, and Health insurance beneficiaries.
Steve loves being with his players and coaches. He desires to lead by example and challenge the young men on the Patriots team to know Christ, to seek Him always, in every situation, to be accountable to Him, and to simply learn to act like a Christian ought to act both on and off the field.
Steve has been married to his wife Cindy for 46 years and has two children, Brent and Alicia, and four grandchildren, Owen, Ethan, Gracie, and Glorie. His grandsons play for the Patriots, and he coaches his granddaughters’ basketball team.
- 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.
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