2014-15 Women's Swim/Dive Coaches
Sam Freas
Head Coach
Oklahoma Baptist has added former Olympic and NCAA Division I swim coach Samuel Freas as its first swimming and diving coach.

Dr. Freas, who coached the Republic of South Africa's swim team in the Olympics, has been the head coach at Arkansas, Hawaii and Louisiana State, as well as SUNY-Potsdam and Allegheny College.

"We're fortunate to have a man with Dr. Freas' credentials and background in swimming and diving here at OBU," said OBU Director of Athletics Norris Russell. "We anticipate that he will get our program up and running in no time."

He was 64-12 at Allegheny, 84-15 at Arkansas, 61-9 at LSU and 40-0 at Hawaii in dual meets, with multiple top-10 team finishes at each stop. His swimmers at Arkansas set seven U.S. records, three world records and produced 11 Olympians and one world champion. In all, 19 of his college swimmers have competed in the Olympics.

In addition to his work with athletic programs, Freas has served as a faculty member at Arkansas, LSU and Allegheny College. He also was director of athletics and health, physical education and recreation at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and associate dean at Palm Beach State College in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"This is a calling for Dr. Freas and he loved the faculty and staff here on his visit and that confirmed his calling," said Jack Peavey, OBU assistant athletic director for new sport implementation. "He's a legend in the swimming world and we're excited to have him come join the OBU family."

Freas was Southwest Conference Coach of the Year four times, Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year three times and Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice in swimming and once in diving.

An author of several books on swimming, Freas served as president and CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame from 1989-2004.

Freas attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated from Springfield College with bachelor's and master's degrees. He did Ph.D. degree studies at Iowa before earning a doctor of education degree from California Western.

OBU will begin its swimming and diving programs for men and women in the 2011-12 school year.
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