Pogi Brings Passion to John Marshall Football
After winning a state championship as offensive coordinator under Rashaun Woods in 2017, Aso Pogi has circled back from Mustang to take over the reins as the new Head Football Coach at John Marshall.
z“I’m excited for my first head coaching job to be here.” Pogi stated. “I already have
established relationships with the kids from 2017.”
In 2018, Pogi was the offensive coordinator at Class 6A Mustang. “I’ve been offered head coaching positions before, but it wasn’t the right fit for me and this is.” he added. “Rashaun Woods has already established a positive culture here. This is fun because the kids love playing football here. I’ve got some tough shoes to fill.”
Last season, the Bears tallied eight wins but fell in the opening round of the postseason. John Marshall will have depth this fall, having played multiple freshmen in starting roles the previous season.
Standout wide receiver, Bryce Stephens, returns with 18 touchdowns and over 1,400 receiving yards, jelling perfectly into Pogi’s spread offense.
“We will run a 'no-huddle' offense, but we will be able to do multiple personnel groupings as well, but, we’ll be four-wide most of the time." said Pogi, who was a quarterback at Oklahoma State. Pogi also played seven seasons professionally in the Arena Football League.
Complementing Stephens is his older sibling, Tim, who amassed over 800
yards. Along with the Stephens brothers, senior 1,000 yard rusher, Elian Morales and athlete Jason Lewis who will play multiple positions.
“We just want to be able to play the best kids,” Pogi said. “We’re excited to see what the
kids can do. We’re very talented already; I think the difference I bring is the way I structure,
organize, get the kids to play hard, fast and together with the proper attitude. I think the transition period is tough — the entire process, dealing with having to move
and assemble a staff." Pogi exclaims.
"There are so many more responsibilities as a head coach than a position coach. Overall, I don’t want to have people hear us cursing kids, I just want to be able to speak to life situations. It is big for me, the day-to-day operations and how we handle ourselves.”
When Pogi was at Oklahoma State, he played against Josh Norman at the University of
Oklahoma and met him at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Norman, who possesses head coaching experience, is a new Defensive Coordinator on the Bears staff.
“He is an amazing hire and we both speak the same language and have a passion for the game.” Pogi lauded of Norman. “His resume’ is just unbelievable with 17 years of experience.”
Pogi was a quarterback at Lawton High School going 12-1 before falling to Tulsa Union
in the state title game.
Another Lawton High School graduate, Kyler Arter, will coach linebackers, tight ends and
“He (Arter) just finished being a quarterback at Bethany, Kansas,” Pogi noted. “I trained
him at my quarterback academy and he always had a servant’s heart and never wanted any
credit for it, is what I love about him.”
Coming over from Mustang with Pogi, is the next John Marshall offensive coordinator
Eric Peterson. “I knew him one year at Mustang and I fell in love with his preparation,” Pogi said. “He has been under three different systems and has seen a lot of football with experience in different areas. He teaches math and possesses a principal certification. He is a huge hire and brings a lot to the classroom and field — in the coaching world he
is grade A ,and it is hard to find those.”
Already at John Marshall upon Pogi’s arrival is defensive back, wide receivers coach Sean Love. Love will also handle recruiting for the Bears as the Recruiting Coordinator.
Pogi said the staff will bring in two more coaches.