OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Oct. 10, 2008) – Oklahoma Christian University officials announced today that the school will begin playing intercollegiate volleyball in the 2010-11 academic year.
The university originally planned to introduce the program in 2009-10, but facility development and staff changes persuaded officials to delay the launch for one year.
The university continues to work on facility enhancements that will accommodate volleyball and make additional space available to OC's basketball programs and its large intramural athletic program. Additional time to further develop these projects will allow Oklahoma Christian to launch volleyball in a way that helps the team be immediately competitive, Director of Athletic Operations Chuck White said.
The university also is continuing the search for its new volleyball head coach after an abbreviated application and interview process earlier this year.
“Selecting the right coach is vital to the success of any athletic program, especially a new program. We have talked to a number of good candidates, and we want to give everyone the opportunity who has an interest,” White said.
Oklahoma Christian has a strong volleyball history. The school fielded a team from 1976 to 1983, an eight-year run highlighted by multiple playoff appearances. The 1978 postseason saw the Lady Eagles finish second in the Oklahoma Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women state tournament and advance to the regional tournament under head coach Laura Beth Jobe.
Resumes and applications for the new part-time head coaching position should be sent to: Chuck White / c/o Oklahoma Christian University / P.O. Box 11000 / Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100. Previous coaching experience is preferred.