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With 65 majors and 100 fields of study, you’ll have plenty of choices. And with 215 full-time faculty, you’ll get lots of help along the way. In fact, our campus of 5,000 students and small class sizes, makes it feel like one big family. The average class size is 23, so you will get the individual attention you deserve. Were you active in high school? With nearly 100 student organizations, you’re sure to find new interests and activities. SWOSU always has a packed calendar with cool events like Dawg Days, Panorama series, intramural and intercollegiate sports and residence hall activities. Parents love that SWOSU is a great value and we are all proud of the quality education students receive here. This book is chocked full of the Great Life at SWOSU, 24/7. See what it’s like to experience a day in the life of a SWOSU student, then come visit campus to see for yourself.


outhwestern Oklahoma State University at Weatherford is located 70 miles west of Oklahoma City. The university is authorized to offer curricular in arts and sciences, business, teacher education and health sciences. A branch campus at Sayre is authorized to provide Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in both general and specialized areas of study, as well as career and technical education. The University was established by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1901 as the Southwestern Normal School, authorized to offer two years of training four public school teachers. The first classes met in 1903. Initially, four years of preparatory work for pre-college students were offered. In 1920, the preparatory courses were eliminated and two additional years of college work in teacher training were added. The State Legislature approved a change of name to Southwestern State Teach-

ers College. The first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in May 1921. Other changes in name and purposes occurred in 1939 when the institution was designated as Southwestern State College of Diversified Occupations and in 1941, when it became Southwestern Institute of Technology. During this two-

year period, the college added a school of pharmacy, degree work in the arts and sciences, and trade schools. In 1949, the Oklahoma State Legislature changed the name of the institution to Southwestern State College, and in 1974, to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, without altering its purposes and objectives. On

July 1, 1987, Sayre Junior College was merged with Southwestern Oklahoma State University as a branch campus designated Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Sayre. Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Sayre was founded as Sayre Junior College in 1938 under legislative authorization which permitted public high schools to add a 13th and 14th year of study to their curricula. A total of 19 public schools took this step. In 1949, the college name was changed to Oklahoma Western Junior College; however, the original name was soon adopted again, and in May 1940 the first degrees were conferred. In 1956, Sayre Junior College moved from facilities occupied jointly with Sayre High School to its present location on old Highway 66. The merger with Southwestern Oklahoma State University marked the end of the Oklahoma community college system, since Sayre Junior College was the only such institution remaining of the original nineteen.


OPENING FALL 2013 The 90,000-square-foot center with a seating capacity of 4,000 will be available for both community and university groups for athletic events, conferences, trade shows, tournaments and more. The center will also serve as the new home for the SWOSU men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball squad. 1 West Entry/Lobby 2 Event Center Arena 3 Film Room 4 Green Room 5 Locker Room Layout 6 Event Room





“We at SWOSU are obviously very excited. This is a bold move by the Weatherford citizens to support a great, new venue for large community events. This will be a tremendous benefit for Weatherford and SWOSU.� -SWOSU President Randy Beutler 3 4

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SPORTS MEDICINE Providing expert care to nearly 400 Bulldog studentathletes, SWOSU features a well-trained and highly skilled sports medicine staffs. Under the guidance of Head Athletic Trainer Edwin Detweiler and Men’s Basketball Athletic Trainer Coulter Clark, the 2012-13 Southwestern athletic medicine staff consists of two doctors, two athletic trainers, three graduate assistant athletic trainers and five student assistant athletic trainers. SWOSU team of orthopedists is led by Dr. Michael Kiehn M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Blake Badgett, team general medicine physician, providing care in treatment of athletic injuries as well as traumatic or degenerative conditions compromising the function of the upper or lower extremities.

Edwin Detweiler Head Athletic Trainer

RANKIN WILLIAMS FIELDHOUSE Rankin Williams Fieldhouse has been the home of SWOSU basketball since 1957. The facility provides all fans with a friendly and comfortable environment to watch all the action. General admission bleacher seats pull out from the wall to allow up to 2,400 people to enjoy NCAA Division II basketball at its finest. The court was named in 2007 after Kelli Litsch, a former four-time NAIA All-American and three-time winner of the NAIA National Tournament MVP.. Within the past few years some of the upgrades have included a new sound system, new locker rooms, offices, classrooms and an exercise laboratory. It often serves as a soldout host to area boys and girls high school basketball tournament and state playoff contests.

BULLDOG POWER SWOSU’s strength and conditioning program is extremely important to Bulldog student-athletes. It prepares them for competition, not only physically, but also mentally. Housed in the SWOSU fitness center, the complex features nearly five tons of equipment spread over 30 workout stations within the 5,000 square foot airconditioned facility. The training regimen at SWOSU is a year-round process with closely monitored workouts that involve a great deal of individual instruction and attention. Student-athletes are taught the correct techniques to increase their ability to perform at their peak during eventual competition on the playing field or court.


The PHILOSOPHY of Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s strength and conditioning program is to provide a structured, sport-specific, training program that utilizes a combination of functional training, Olympic lifting, power and speed development, and flexibility training. Our strength and conditioning staff is committed to promoting a program and environment that is conducive to helping our athletes in each sport perform to their highest level, a championship level.



Our OFF-SEASON programs are extremely intensive programs that concentrate on strength, power, agility, speed, core strength, and flexibility. These programs serve as the foundation both physically and mentally for each student-athlete and team in our preparation for a championship season. The IN-SEASON programs focus on maintaining athletic gains attained during the off-season program. Muscle and connective tissue strength and recovery is of special importance throughout the in-season training programs. This is done to ensure our athletes ability to perform at their optimal level. Injury prevention is a top-priority in all of our programs and is vital to the ultimate goal of winning a championship. VOLUNTARY workouts are held throughout the summer at Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s strength and conditioning center. These voluntary workouts allow for student-athletes to take advantage of our facilities on campus during the summer months under the supervision and direction of the strength and conditioning staff. Many of our athletes choose to stay on campus through the summer to participate in these voluntary workouts, without a doubt giving them an edge on winning a starting position, and more importantly a championship in the upcoming season.


Kevin Hyde

Strength & Conditioning Coach







The GAC shall promote the conduct of competitive sports programs within the conference, region and nationally. Each member institution shall promote good sportsmanship, diversity and gender balance while striving to field competitive programs. The Great American Conference, headquartered in Russellville, Ark., became the 23rd Division II conference recognized by the NCAA The conference comprises Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, East Central, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene.

Will Prewitt Commissioner

Stephanie Prewitt

Eric Moyer

Audra Tope

Assistant Commissioner Assistant Commissioner Assistant Commissioner of Operations of Communications of Compliance

GAC MAIN OFFICE NUMBER: 479-567-5422 GAC FAX NUMBER: 866-808-6293 MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 863 Russellville, AR 72811

GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATION Will Prewitt...................................................................Commissioner Stephanie Prewitt..........................................................Assistant Commissioner for Operations Eric Moyer....................................................................Assistant Commissioner for Communications Audra Tope....................................................................Assistant Commissioner for Compliance


The mission of the Great American Conference is to develop student-athletes at each of its member institutions physically, academically and socially by allowing them the opportunity for a quality education, compete in athletics, and to become productive citizens within their communities. Conference member institutions strive toward this mission by following the academic guidelines set forth within their own institutions, adhering to NCAA and conference rules and regulations, embracing the NCAA Division II Strategic Positioning Platform, and by employing sound financial principles in the administration of their athletics programs.




Straight west of the Oklahoma City metro, Weatherford in known for having the longest stretch of “Main Street” on Route 66. This windy city had been making Oklahoma proud since 1898 and is filled with historic museums, boutique shopping and exceptional activities. The people of Weatherford are constantly improving the town with building projects, as seen by the wind turbine farms that line the landscape. Weatherford is home to several of America’s heroes, including Major General Thomas P. Stafford and US Army Major General Paul D. Easton. Stafford, an astronaut and veteran, is still very active in the community with the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford. Famous athletes who have once called Weatherford home include major league baseball player Branden Looper, and professional football players Wes Sims and Todd Franz.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA Southwestern Oklahoma State University is located just 1 hour west of Downtown Oklahoma City. OKC is home to the NBA’s Thunder. Oklahoma City has it all - from the historic Old West in Stockyards City to the vibrant energy of Bricktown, the city’s lively entertainment district. Our museums hold artistic treasures, and our sports venues have something for everyone. Find delicious options at Oklahoma City restaurants, from local favorites to down home cooking. Choices abound for an experience you’ll cherish!

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Student Union Duke’s Diner

This is an all you can eat diner that features a large variety of offerings, which include five different lines: •Hot Entrees •International Line •Panini Grill •Fast Food Line •Baked Potato Bar at lunch •Waffle Station

Food Court

The Food Court is located in the Student Union and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Food Court has four fast food outlets and a bakery: •Arrezzio’s Italian Cafe •Brandy’s Grill •Casa Solana Mexican Cantina •The Strip Joint •The Corner Bakery

Grains & Berries

Grains & Berries is a self-serve yogurt shop. It serves 46 different toppings. Both the yogurt and the toppings are charged for by weight. Grains & Berries also serves cereal in the mornings.

Bulldog Beanery

University Market


The University Market is located in Rogers and Jefferson Residence Halls. It features a grab and go concept offering hundreds of items ranging from motor oil, toothpaste and toiletries to microwaveable sandwiches, chips, and ice cream.



wellness center The Wellness Center houses a 30 foot free standing rock wall, three basketball courts, an indoor running track, and a weight room. It also provides yoga classes, free weights, aerobics, line dancing, zumba and meeting rooms.

al harris library Loacted inside the Al Harris Library is the Writing Center. Students at all levels, writing papers in any discipline, may benefit from discussing their writing with trained Writing Center student consultants.

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SWOSU’s basketball program has become community-minded The Following are some of the things that the progam has been involved in.

-Weatherford Reading Program

-MAYB Youth Basketball Tournament

-Elementary School Clinics

-SWOSU Summer Basketball Camps




No stranger to the collegiate basketball scene in the state of Oklahoma, Bob Battisti has been tabbed as the 14th head men’s basketball coach in Southwestern Oklahoma State University history.


SWOSU Athletic Director Todd Thurman was enthusiastic about the hiring of Battisti, a former counterpart of his on the sideline. “We are very excited about Coach Battisti becoming a part of the SWOSU family. His competitive spirit and drive to succeed make him a great fit for our men’s basketball program,” Thurman said. “Bob has the proven record that is needed to lead our team up against the Great American Conference and at a national level.” Battisti most recently spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, helping the Eagles to a record of 40-25. In 2012, OCU won the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament title, giving the program its first postseason basketball title in 30 years, and this past season they reached the National Christian College Athletic Association championship game. “I’d like to thank Todd Thurman, the search committee and President Randy Beutler for giving me this wonderful opportunity to lead the basketball program

here at Southwestern Oklahoma State,” Battisti said upon his appointment at SWOSU. “I’ve known Todd for many, many years and I think he is a great leader who truly wants what’s best for his coaches and programs. The opportunity to work for an athletic director like that immediately drew my interest to SWOSU.”

Rangers to six conference titles and finished in the NAIA Top 25 seven times. For his efforts, Battisti was named a conference coach of the year five times and he was selected as the NAIA National Coach of the Year by the Basketball Times in 1994.

His teams also advanced to the NAIA National Tournament on six occasions, including an He will take over the Bulldog appearance in the national quarprogram after coaching alongterfinals in 2007. His best year side the winningest head coach at Northwestern was the 1992in Oklahoma collegiate bas93 season, when Battisti led ketball history, Dan Hays, at NWOSU to a 29-2 record and Oklahoma Christian. “I worked No. 2 national ranking entering for a tremendous guy and I owe the national tournament. a great debt of gratitude to Dan Hays because he is simply the Battisti went to Northwestern best,” Battisti said. “He took me after serving two seasons as in and gave me a chance to get an assistant at the University back involved with the game. of Minnesota on a staff that What a great man and I owe included veteran NBA coach, him a big ‘Thank you.’” Flip Saunders. He went to Minnesota following a stint as Prior to his stint at OCU, Battisti the head coach at Lakewood spent 25 years at Northwestern Community College in MinneOklahoma State, coaching the sota where he posted a record men’s basketball team for 21 of 35-31 in three seasons. seasons before taking over as His coaching career started at the school’s athletic director for Bethany Lutheran where he four years. was an assistant coach for three seasons for three seasons from As the school’s athletic director, 1978-81. Battisti launched the ‘Vision for Victory’ fundraising campaign A native of Warren, Mich., which netted $2.4 million for Battisti received his bachelor’s major athletic facility improvedegree in Health and Physical ments. He also led NorthwestEducation from Minnesota State ern’s efforts to seek memberUniversity-Mankato in 1981 beship into NCAA Division II. fore earning his master’s degree in Education from the University He took over the men’s basof Minnesota-Minneapolis in ketball team at Northwestern in 1985. He and his wife Shelly 1986 and quickly turned the pro- have one son, Cooper, 17. gram into a consistent winner. Battisti’s teams, often known for their intense defensive style, posted a record of 374-265 over his 21-year tenure. He led the

THE BATTISTI FILE Information Full Name: Robert (Bob) Battisti Date of Birth: January 22, 1957 Hometown: Warren, Michigan

Family Wife, Shelly Son, Cooper (16)

Education Minnesota State University Mankato, 1981 B.S. in Health and Physical Education; University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, 1985 M.Ed. in Education Head Coaching Experience SWOSU, 2013-Present Northwestern Okla. St., 1986-2007; Lakewood Community College, ;

Assistant Coaching Experience University of Minnesota, ; Bethany (Minn.) Lutheran College, 1992-94

Awards and Honors

- 2001 RRAC Co-Coach of the Year - 1995 OIC Coach of the Year - 1994 NAIA National Coach of the Year by Basketball Times - 1994 OIC Coach of the Year - 1991 OIC Coach of the Year - District IX Coach of the Year - 1987 OIC Coach of the Year -Three All-Americans - Five Academic All-Americans




ASSISTANT COACH | NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA ST. 2009 Thomas Davis, along with two all-tournament team selections. In addition, the 2011-12 squad produced three players who were named to the GAC All-Academic Team.

posting 77-49 career record in including 2 20 win seasons. He was selected as the 2009 NAIA Champions of Character award winner.

Additionally, he served as NorthJohnson came to use after western’s Student Government 2 years as the graduate President during the 2008-09 assistant at his alma mater, school year and worked as the Kris Johnson begins his third NWOSU, where he helped Sports Information Assistant for season as a member of the guide the Rangers to a 20-win two seasons. SWOSU coaching staff in 2013season in 2011. 14. Johnson will serve as the Prior to attending Northwestlead assistant to head coach Johnson helped in assisting ern, Kris attended Ruskin High Bob Battisti, his coach for two the Rangers to a 22-11 record School, where he was a recipiseasons at Northwestern Oklathat included runner-up in the ent of the 2004 NAIA Champihoma State. sooner athletics conference ons of Character Award and an tournament in 2007. All-Conference performer. In two years at SWOSU, Johnson has helped lead the A native of Kansas City, Mo., Johnson graduated in May Bulldogs to two Great American Johnson played in two NAIA 2009 with a bachelor’s degree Conference tournament apNational Tournaments for in Mass Communications from pearances, reaching the finals Northwestern. After a fourNorthwestern. Johnson completin 2012. He has tutored two year playing stint and playing ed a master’s degree in Adult players who earned all-conferin 109 games, he helped lead Education Management and ence honors, including 2012 his 2006-2007 team to an Administration in May of 2011, Defensive Player of the Year “Elite Eight” finish. Johnson also from Northwestern.

THE JOHNSON FILE Information Full Name: Kris Lee Johnson Date of Birth: March 27, 1986 Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Education Northwestern Okla. St., 2009 B.A. in Mass Communications Northwestern Okla. St., 2011 M.A. in Adult Education Management & Administration

Assistant Coaching Experience SWOSU, 2011-present; Northwestern Okla. St., 2009-11

Playing Career Northwestern Okla. St., 2005-09



2013-14 Men's Basketball Recruiting Guide  
2013-14 Men's Basketball Recruiting Guide