FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 30, 2023
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Broken Arrow Athletics has announced the hiring of Aaron Partridge, as varsity head cross country coach.
Partridge has been a math teacher at the high school for the past 5 years while also serving as the head boys coordinator for the track and field team as well as an assistant cross-country coach.
Partridge, a 2008 Broken Arrow graduate, was a part of the football, track and cross-country programs in high school before running track collegiately at Oklahoma Baptist University from 2008-2012. Upon graduating with his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, he taught math for Shawnee Public Schools for 5 years, while coaching football, wrestling, track (4 years as an assistant 1 year as head coach) as well as, cross country. As the head cross country coach at Shawnee High School, his team finished in the top 10 at the state meet, with 2 all-state athletes. His track teams at Shawnee had 2-runner-up finishes, 3-third place finishes and 2 other top-5 team finishes at state. As the assistant coach for Broken Arrow, boys track won state in 2019, while the girls finished runner-up, as well as 4 other top 5 finishes between the boys’ and girls’ programs over the last 3 years.
Coach Partridge has recently received his master’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Athletic Administration and serves as the Vice President of the Oklahoma Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association. Additionally, he serves on the OSSAA Advisory Board for track and field.
“Coach Partridge is no stranger to our cross-country program having served as an assistant for the past five years,” said executive director of athletics, Dustin Smith. “BA is fortunate to have one of our own leading our cross-country program and I appreciated the vision that Coach Partridge shared with us because I believe our distance runners will excel under his leadership on the course, as well as, in life.”
“I am excited to be able to lead these very gifted athletes that we serve here at Broken Arrow,” said Aaron Partridge. “As the assistant coach, I was able to work with athletes who have completely re-written our school records in both track and cross country over the past 5 years and I have no doubt this program can continue to build upon that success,” Partridge said. “Our track team has become one of the premier programs in the state of Oklahoma and my goal is to get our cross-country program there as well.”