Oklahoma City Stars
|Oklahoma City Stars|
|University||Oklahoma City University|
|Conference(s)||Sooner Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||Jim Abbott|
|Location||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Basketball arena||Abe Lemons Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Jim Wade Stadium|
|Soccer stadium||Stars Field|
|Colors||Blue and White
The Oklahoma City Stars are the athletic teams that represent Oklahoma City University, located in Oklahoma City, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The university fields 17 varsity sports teams, and these teams compete in the NAIA and the Sooner Athletic Conference in all sports except women's wrestling which competes in the Women's College Wrestling Association.
Oklahoma City has made 18 NAIA tournament appearances: 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010. As a member of the NCAA, Oklahoma City went to the NCAA tournament 11 times, the most of any school no longer a member of the NCAA. OCU appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1973; and the NIT twice, in 1959 and 1968.
|Stars in the Major League Baseball Draft|
In 2012, Kevin Patrick Hardy (class of 2013) became OCU's first national champion in wrestling, taking the national title at 165 pounds. Hardy was a Division 1 three time state champion at Solon High School in Ohio.
Through the Spring 2012 sports season, Oklahoma City has won 41 national championships. Of these, 36 are NAIA championships, and four are WCWA championships.
OCU has won national championships in the following sports (number of championships in parentheses, NAIA titles unless otherwise specified):
- Baseball (1) - 2005
- Basketball (6) - 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2008
- Golf (7) - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010
- Tennis (4) - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Total men's Championships: 18 (in 4 different men's team sports)
- Basketball (6) - 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012
- Golf (5) - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Softball (8) - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007
- Wrestling (4-WCWA) - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Total women's championships: 23 (in 4 different women's team sports)
The first and most successful innovation was credited to opposing coach Dike Beede when the football team played in the 1941 Oklahoma City vs. Youngstown State football game. This game marks the first American football game to use a penalty flag.
The second innovation was an unsuccessful venture to allow a coach to be on the field with the offense to help call plays and provide additional coaching as time allows. Doenges proposed tests with opposing coaches and at least two agreed to test the idea. However, the concept itself was considered a success and rules changes eventually allowed coaches on the sidelines to call plays and send plays in with a substitute.
Also, Doenges is credited with inventing the offensive V formation while at Oklahoma City. Nicknamed "Three dots and a dash" (Morse code for the letter "v"), the program presented the new offensive formation to great fanfare before losing to the Southwestern Moundbuilders by a score of 7–0.
Nickname and mascot history
The school is currently known as the Stars, but was known as the Goldbugs or Gold Bugs in the 1920s, '30s and early '40s,. From 1944, the university was known as the Chiefs a nickname changed in 1998 in reaction to the mounting pressure on schools to adopt names more sensitive to and respectful of Native American culture.
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