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NORMAN — University of Oklahoma Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione announced today the hiring of Armani Dawkins as an OU senior associate athletics director.
The appointment fills a vacant position that resulted from the shift of Senior Associate Athletics Director Zac Selmon to oversight of The Sooner Club.
Dawkins comes to OU from Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where she most recently held the position of associate director of athletics for student-athlete development. She was promoted to that post in May after spending the previous two-and-a-half years as assistant director of athletics.
As associate AD, Dawkins was a member of Holy Cross's senior athletics staff and was responsible for implementing a robust series of programming to emphasize and improve the development and welfare of the Crusaders' nearly 700 student-athletes. She also served as the sport supervisor for the field hockey program.
"Armani is a bright, rising star administrator who will be an innovator in our department," said Castiglione. "Her background and skill are a great complement to our leadership team. I am confident that she will help us become more dynamic and efficient as she contributes to strengthening our culture focused on a world-class experience for our student-athletes."
At Holy Cross, Dawkins initiated partnerships with programs such as the Victory Academy, and furthered collaboration with the college's Center for Career Development. Under her guidance, the Holy Cross Student-Athlete Advisory Committee made significant strides in advancing its five pillars — leadership, academic excellence, career development, community engagement and mental health and wellness — and fostered growth with the creation of such groups as WE LEAD (Women's Empowerment through Leadership Education and Development) and MOCA (Men of Color Athletes).
"I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve one of the most storied programs in college athletics," said Dawkins. "Undeniably, Joe Castiglione is one of the nation's most successful athletics directors, and I would like to thank him for inviting me to join Sooner Nation for what I know will be an incredible experience among the very best student-athletes, coaches and staff in the country.
"The University of Oklahoma has an unwavering commitment to academic and athletics excellence, and my husband Andre and I could not be more excited to join the Sooner family. I'm looking forward to continuing to elevate the power of athletics to pursue championships in sport and in life."
Prior to her time at Holy Cross, Dawkins worked at Duke University from 2010 to 2015. Her most recent post at Duke was special assistant to the vice president and director of athletics, and she handled oversight responsibilities for the athletics director's routine commitments, including public relations obligations and correspondence. In addition, Dawkins assisted the director of athletics with responsibilities for the Division I NCAA men's basketball committee, United States Olympic Committee and Advocates for Athletic Equity. She also had oversight responsibility for all the executive administrative operations. She previously held positions with Duke as the assistant director of Iron Dukes for special events, and assistant director of administrative operations and human resources.
Dawkins arrived at Duke after serving as a branding and communications intern for the NCAA.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Dawkins earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and media studies. She was a member of UNLV's women's soccer team, helping the Rebels to three Mountain West Conference titles while earning Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors. Dawkins went on to earn a master's degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University in 2015.
Dawkins' hire is pending OU Board of Regents approval.
The OK Freedom basketball team finished 3rd in the Greg Swaim Big Time National Tournament Of Champions.
The tournament was held at the Solid Rock Basketball Center in Edmond,Oklahoma.
They finished with a 2-2 record beating the Kiowa EPIC for 3rd place.
Pictured are: Front Row L-R: Jazzlyn Harrison, Alexis Smith, Brailey Francis, Brayli Beason, Ryleigh Pierce; Back Row L-R: Gracie Jones, Abbi Covey, Kara Albert, Sophie Pulice, Ariana Loggins
By Lindsey Morrison, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma head soccer coach Matt Potter and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Joe Castiglione released Oklahoma’s 2018 soccer schedule Tuesday.
The Sooners will play 18 regular season contests, including 10 home matches on John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex.
“Our schedule gives us every opportunity to live into the traditions of our athletics department and standards we have set ourselves in recent times,” Potter said. “The challenge of the non-conference schedule presents us with opponents who are both seasoned in their respective conferences and with NCAA Tournament aspirations and experience. With home games against top teams in their respective leagues, there is an opportunity for the community to see some great games.”
Following a road exhibition match at North Texas on Aug. 10, the Sooners will kick off the regular season by welcoming Nebraska to Norman on Aug. 16. OU will also face Illinois State (Aug. 24), Gonzaga (Aug. 26), San Francisco (Sept. 7) and California (Sept. 9) in home non-conference contests. Sooner Sports TV will again broadcast all of OU’s home matches live.
The Sooners’ home schedule also includes five Big 12 matchups. OU will welcome Texas Tech (Sept. 28), Oklahoma State (Sept. 30), TCU (Oct. 5), Iowa State (Oct. 19) and West Virginia (Oct. 21) to John Crain Field.
In road conference contests, OU will take on Kansas (Sept. 21), Kansas State (Sept. 23), Texas (Oct. 12) and Baylor (Oct. 25).
OU’s non-conference road schedule includes matches against Oklahoma State (Aug. 19), Texas A&M (Aug. 31), Utah (Sept. 13) and Utah Valley (Sept. 15).
“Playing a competitive non-conference schedule prepares us for a demanding conference schedule,” Potter said. “In conference over the years, the quality and abilities of both the coaches and teams has impressed and inspired us all to be better and continually improve. Top to bottom we have a conference that competes at the highest levels across the country and we will have to be at our best to achieve our ambitions both in Big 12 play and as we aspire to compete in the postseason festivities.”
Eight of OU’s 2018 regular season opponents competed in the NCAA Tournament last year, including quarterfinalist Baylor, California, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia. Exhibition foe North Texas also advanced to the tournament.
The Big 12 Championship will again take place at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., the sixth straight year the venue will host the event. The conference’s top eight teams will compete in a single-elimination tournament from Oct. 28-Nov. 4 as they vie for a Big 12 title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Season tickets for the 2018 Oklahoma soccer campaign are now on sale to the general public. Fans can order online via SoonerSports.com or over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.
The season ticket package costs $50 for adult general admission. Faculty and staff, letterwinners, youth (6-18) and senior citizens (55+) can pick up season tickets for a discounted rate of $40. All seating is general admission. Single-game tickets will be available starting Aug. 1.
The OK Freedom won the Greg Swaim Big Time Challenge basketball tournament Saturday July 14th in Claremore, OK.
They went 3-0 beating the Tulsa Lady Legends, Tulsa Hurricanes, and the Oktaha Lady Tigers.
Pictured: Front Row L-R: Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Pierce, Jazzlyn Harrison; Back Row L-R: Sophie Pulice, Abbi Covey, Ariana Loggins, Kara Albert.
For the sixth year in a row, the Carl Albert State College softball team has been named to the NJCAA Women’s Softball Academic Team of the Year, Honorable Mention with a 3.35 GPA.
In addition to the softball team, the 2017 – 2018 CASC Baseball and Women’s Cross Country Teams have also been recognized for their academic achievements as a team.
The baseball team maintained a GPA of 3.08 and the women’s cross country team held a 3.17 GPA for the 2017 – 2018. Both teams have received recognition as an Academic Team of the Year, and Honorable Mention in their respective sports.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes for their performances on and off the field,” said Dr. Jay Falkner, CASC President. “Our athletes truly work together as a team and I am thrilled to see their academic performance recognized in conjunction with their athletic abilities.”
CASC Baseball Team
CASC Women's Cross Country Team
Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Enes Kanter, a former Oklahoma City Thunder player made a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County on Monday, July 9, 2018.
Kanter is a Turkish professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He is 6 ft 11 in tall and plays at the center position.
Kanter spent most of the day with kids at the club and visited with people around the area.
“Huge, big, fat, ginormous, enormous thank you to Enes for coming all the way to Poteau to show the kids that they matter too,” said Arielle Perry, Executive Director of the BGCLC. “Thank you for telling our community that we need their support. Thank you for making these kids feel so special and giving them a day, they’ll never forget.”
Caleb Cain of Poteau will be bringing home first place gold medals in bench, squat and deadlift from the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.
Below are his gold medal lifting weights.
Deadlift 180 kg = 396.832 pounds
Squat 153 kg = 337.307 pounds
Bench Press 110 kg = 242.508 pounds
Combination Deadlift, Squat, Bench Press 180 kg = 396.832 pounds
Congratulations Caleb "The Beast" Cain!
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Photos courtesy Tanna Weaver. Check out the video (also courtesy Tanna Weaver) on Oklahoma Welcome's Facebook page by clicking HERE.
Baum Stadium will host a free watch party Thursday night for Game 3 of the College World Series finals as the Razorbacks take on Oregon State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Fans will enter through Gate B (on the third base side) at Baum Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m. Seating throughout the stadium will be first-come, first-serve and parking will be free.
The Hog Pen will be closed for the event.
Light concessions will be available via cash only, but fans will be allowed to bring in food and beverages but no coolers or alcohol will be allowed inside the stadium.
Five Carl Albert State College student athletes have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student Athletes Awards Program for 2017-2018. The program highlights individual athletes across the country for their academic success based on grade point averages (GPA).
On the Carl Albert softball team, Ayme Warren from Wister, OK, earned a GPA of 4.0 and was selected to the NJCAA All Academic First Team.
Also on the softball team, Micah Dees from Rattan, OK, and Whitney Jackson from Colbert, OK, were named to the NJCAA All Academic Third Team with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.
CASC cross country runner Vanessa Martinez from Heavener, OK, made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.
Ben Klutts from Poteau, OK, represents CASC baseball on the NJCAA All Academic Second Team.
CASC Athletic Director Randy Graves stated, “We are proud of these student athletes and appreciate their persistence. The example they are setting for other Viking athletes and for that matter all Carl Albert State College students is outstanding.” He continued, “The commitment it takes to be successful in the classroom and as athletes is very tough, so we congratulate these individuals.”
2018 Oklahoma Baptist Men’s Cross Country Schedule
SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist head coach Mark Heard announced the 2018 schedule for the Bison Cross Country team Wednesday morning.
After finishing in the top 20 of the NCAA Central Regional last season, the Bison are looking to take the next step as they enter their second season of Division II competition.
The Bison open up the season on Sept. 1 when they head to Edmond to compete at the Central Oklahoma Land Run. Two weeks later, on Sept. 15, OBU journeys to Joplin, Missouri, for the Missouri Southern Stampede.
Following the Stampede, Oklahoma Baptist faces a short turnaround before making the trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to take part in the Chili Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas on Sept. 22. It will mark the first time OBU has competed at the meet since 2015.
After another two week respite, OBU then hosts their lone home meet of the season when they welcome teams to Shawnee for the OBU Invitational on Oct. 6. The Invitational was won by the Bison last year.
Oklahoma Baptist takes the rest of October off in preparation for the Great American Conference Championship on Nov. 3. The race will be held in Edmond at the same location as the UCO Land Run.
Two weeks later, the Bison will return to Joplin for the NCAA Central Regional on Nov. 14. With a successful race, OBU can advance to the NCAA National Championship on Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.