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.
 
 
2011-12 Women's Swim/Dive Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
Morgan AllenFRFr.5-2Muskogee, Okla.Fort Gibson HS
Lacey ArteberrySOFree5-4Atoka, Okla.Atoka HS
Moriah BakerFRFree 
Ali BangJRBk5-8Independence, Mo.William Chrisman HS
Rebekah BentleySODive5-6Norman, Okla.Community Christian
Jessica BragasonFRFly, Bk, Fr5-5Westville, South AfricaWestville Girls HS
Kathleen DebusFRFr5-6Jenks, Okla.Jenks HS
Tara DeWallJRDive5-1Enid, Okla.Enid HS
Lizzy DeWittFRBr5-7Haysville, Kan.Campus HS
Elizabeth EllisFRFr, Fly5-4Tulsa, Okla.Broken Arrow HS
Alexandra FaulknerSOFr5-4Crowley, TexasNorth Crowley HS
Naomi FawcettJRBk, IM5-5Conroe, TexasConroe HS
Amber FloydFRFr5-8Tahlequah, Okla.Tahlequah HS
Emma Forbes-MilneFRSprint Fr5-7Pietermaritzburg, South AfricaWykeham
Laura GalarzaFRFly, Bk, Fr5-8Cali, ColombiaDelfines Del Jalle HS
Melissa GaylorFRFree5-9Atoka, Okla.Tushka HS
Keelie HallSODist Fr.5-1Denver, Colo.Overland HS
Sarita JenkinsFRDive5-5Shawnee, Okla.Shawnee HS
Mary KlerekiperFRFr, Bk5-11Longview, TexasHome School
Brenna McLaughlinSOFr6-2Bixby, Okla.Home School
Kate McVeySRDive5-4Golden, Colo.Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Kerryn MullinFRBr, Bk5-10Magogong, South AfricaEunice Girls HS
Natsumi NemotoSODive5-3Tokyo, JapanSeibo Gakuen HS
Aurora ObergFRFr, Bk5-8Richland, Wash.Home School
Alice OggionniFRDist Fr.5-11Vimercate, ItalyAristico Preciosissi
Michaela PattersonSODive5-5Wentzville, Mo.Timberland HS
Grace PetersSOFr, IM5-4Harrah, Okla.Seminole State
Audrey PettijohnFRFr.5-0Owasso, Okla.Owasso HS
Auburn PowellFRBk5-8Coppell, TexasJack Britt, HS
Rachel SchneiderJRDive5-10Lake Kiowa, TexasTexoma Christian
Katlin SlothowerSODive6-0Piedmont, Okla.Deer Creek HS
Lauren SprayJRFly, Fr5-4Chicago, Ill.Indian River
Victoria SvetgoffSODive Oklahoma City, Okla.
Caysi SykesFRDist Fr, Fly5-7Wichita, Kan.Maize South HS
Kathryn TaylorFRFr5-7Lenexa, Kan.Olathe Northwest
Holly TrumbleFRDist Fr, IM5-4Bartlesville, Okla.Bartlesville HS
Dakota WilliamsJRFr5-4Frisco, TexasLegacy Christian Academy
Nicole WilsonFRFr, Bk, IM6-0Edinburgh, ScotlandDrury
Kira YorkSODive5-5San Antonio, TexasBroken Arrow HS
Jade YoungSOFly, Fr5-5Bangor, N. IrelandKansas
Sam Freas - Head Coach - 1st season
David Jones - Volunteer Assistant
Johnny Hunter - Volunteer Assistant
Kevin Kalise - Volunteer Assistant
Gwena Dixon - Coach
Valerie Colburn - Volunteer Assistant