Mike Gundy is currently the head football coach at Okla. State University. He played college football at OSU, and became Okla. State’s coach in January of 2005.
In 2008, Gundy led the OSU Cowboys to their best season in 20 years, but nothing is more important to the OSU athletic department than their student-athletes.
With Gundy at the helm, Oklahoma State University’s football team has adopted a mindset called Cowboy Culture. It’s a mentality that’s noticeable when walking the halls at Cowboy headquarters – and not just because there are posters on the walls reminding players and staff to be classy and respectful.
It’s mostly because the people you meet seem to have internalized the message; everyone says hello as they pass by in the hallway, for starters.
Respect is a big part of Cowboy Culture. So is toughness, focus and discipline.
But learning resilience and focus is about much more than winning football games. Gundy knows only a small percentage of college players will go on to play professionally, and he wants his team’s time at Oklahoma State to set them up for productive, successful, fulfilling lives
He and his wife, Kristen have three children, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage.
Langley Branan is a Senior at Heritage Hall. She hopes to attend college in the Fall and study journalism and media studies.
At Heritage Hall, Langley received the Charger Pride Award, and is a member of the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Headmaster’s List, and honor Roll. She participates in Varsity Volleyball, Art Club, Pep Club, Latin Club, Western Village Club, and is a Senior Class Officer. She also has been an intern at Gretta Sloane.
Her community service work includes: Infant Crisis Services Teen board member, American Heart Association Sweetheart and Big Sis, Citizens Caring for Children Teenboard, and Peer Leadership class.
In her association with Rotary, she writes:
“My whole life I have grown up and seen how Rotary values and puts into action their mission of “Service above Self.” Rotary lead the community in their passion for service and desire to make the world a better place. A very meaningful and personal experience I have had with Rotary was when I was in the third grade, two Rotary club members came to my school and dispensed dictionaries to all third graders. I remember this act of kindness because of their genuine passion to help better education, one life at a time”
Langley is the daughter of Club 29 Rotarian Cliff Branan and Connell Branan