Mustang native Robert Foreman is the new Athletic Director for Mustang Public Schools. The news came on Monday evening after the Board of Education appointed Foreman for the position.
Chad Fulton, Board President, said Foreman has a passion for athletics and has a great plan to move the school forward.
“He has a vision,” Fulton said.
The position of athletic director has been vacant since the school board terminated the former athletic director, Chuck Bailey, in August. Fulton said Foreman’s six years of experience as assistant principal at MHS is another benefit and was important in the board’s decision.
“Communication with parents is key,” Fulton said. “His adaptation with the freshmen makes him a great fit.”
Fulton said what Foreman accomplished with the basketball team was amazing and the school is excited with Foreman’s plans to take Mustang athletics one step further. His official start date will be July 1. Fulton said it is likely Foreman’s first step will be finding a replacement for the boys basketball team coach.
Foreman shared part of that vision for what he wants to see in the near and far future for Mustang athletics.
“My goal is to make Mustang the premier athletic program in the state,” Foreman said. “I’m very blessed to receive this opportunity. I want to thank Dr. Sean McDaniel (superintendent), the administration and the school board to giving me this opportunity. Growing up here at Mustang and attending Mustang Public Schools, this job is a dream come true.”
Foreman took over as head basketball coach on short notice after Terry Long unexpectedly resigned at the beginning of October. He led the Broncos to a 14-12 mark this past year and advanced to the area round of the postseason tournament. Foreman said he couldn’t be more proud of the way his players battled throughout the year.
“The guys all had tremendous work ethic the entire season,” Foreman said. “They were dealt a bad hand in early October when they were told their head coach was not going to coach this year and that their freshman principal was going to take over. They handled it as well as they possibly could.
“We had tremendous support from the parents, the school and the community. If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we were going to win 14 games, I would have said you are crazy, but these guys really buckled down and worked hard every day. They were a great team to coach.”
Foreman will not be long-term solution as the boys basketball coach at Mustang. Immediately after he was named Athletic Director, he posted the head boys basketball coach position at Mustang. He said he wants to find the right guy to lead the Broncos into the future.
“We have facilities that are second-to-none,” Foreman said. “We have tremendous resources and strong school and community support for our boys basketball program. We want to make sure we go out and hire the right person to lead our program. We want someone who is going to put our players first and be a part of the community. We hope we can find that right person as soon as possible.”
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Barat from 1994-1995. From 1995-1997 he served as an assistant to legendary coach Dan Hays at Oklahoma Christian University. Foreman spent four years coaching at the college level, and 13 as a high school head coach.
He was the head boys’ basketball coach at Chickasha High School from 1998-2000 and then at Westmoore High School from 2000-2009. From 2009-2011, Foreman took the spot as the head girls’ basketball coach at Mustang High School and has been with the school system ever since.
Foreman graduated from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL, in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He holds two master’s degrees, one from the University of Central Oklahoma in History Education and the other from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Secondary Administration.
Foreman and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters, Ellise and Lunden. Foreman is the Founder and current Director of Oklahoma Swish Basketball.