2011-12 Women's Swim/Dive Coaches
Sam Freas
Head Coach
1st Season
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.
Gwena Dixon
Stacy Franklin
Stacy Franklin specialized in sprint freestyle events while competing for Texas Christian University from 1993-1997. Franklin, a four-year letterwinner as a Horned Frog, was the regional champion for three years in the 50 and 100 freestyle events while representing Abilene Cooper in the highly competitive Texas high school swimming scene. Though Franklin began swimming competitively at age 6, some of her greatest achievements have come more recently. Franklin has completed multiple marathons in the past few years, and in 2010, she merged her swimming talents with her love for running to finish her first Ironman. Franklin placed 10th in the swim and top 25 overall in her age group in the Ironman Florida. She is currently training for Ironman Brazil 2012. Franklin lives in Shawnee, Okla., with her husband and two daughters.
Eduardo Pajaraes
Valerie Colburn
Volunteer Assistant
Johnny Hunter
Volunteer Assistant
David Jones
Volunteer Assistant
Kevin Kalise
Volunteer Assistant