Kimberly Ruble will be the new Lone Grove speech and debate coach for both the middle and high schools.

Superintendent Todd Garrison called her resume “impressive.”


Kimberly Ruble will be the new Lone Grove speech and debate coach for both the middle and high schools.
Superintendent Todd Garrison called her resume “impressive.”

 

“We have a good program and wanted someone with good credentials,” Garrison said.

 

Ruble will replace Brian Gunter, who was reassigned to the middle school earlier this month.

 

During Gunter’s 10 years as coach, the team won seven consecutive state championships and sent several students to nationals.

 

“We have a high-level speech program and we want to continue that,” Garrison said.

 

According to Garrison, Ruble currently teaches speech at Eastern International College, an applied health training school in New Jersey. She is a native Oklahoman.

 

Ruble graduated from Mounds High School, where she competed in the speech program.

 

“She competed in high school and it’s what drew her to her career,” Garrison said.

 

She has coached for 10 years, with her experiences including Charles Page High School in Sand Springs and the University of Oklahoma.

 

“I know she is very versed in both speech and debate,” Garrison said.

 

Ruble officially begins her job in Lone Grove on Aug. 16, when all teachers are to report for professional development.

 

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see her weeks before that, trying to visit with students and get a lay of the land,” Garrison said.

 

Garrison is positive about the new hire.

 

“I feel she can come in and do a good job and have continued success with this program,” Garrison said.

 

Efforts by The Ardmoreite to reach Ruble late Tuesday were unsuccessful.