Oklahoma City Stars

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Oklahoma City Stars
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UniversityOklahoma City University
AssociationNAIA
ConferenceSooner Athletic Conference
Athletic directorJim Abbott
LocationOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Varsity teams17
Basketball arenaAbe Lemons Arena
Baseball stadiumJim Wade Stadium
Soccer stadiumStars Field
NicknameStars
ColorsBlue and White[1]
         
Websitewww.ocusports.com

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.

Until 1985, the Stars competed in the NCAA Division I Horizon League, which was known as the Midwestern City Conference at that time.

Men's basketball[edit]

Oklahoma City University has won 6 NAIA National Championships: 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2007, and 2008.

Oklahoma City University 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 University went to the NCAA tournament 11 times, the most of any school no longer a member of the NCAA (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1973.)

Oklahoma City University appeared in the NIT twice, in 1959 and 1968.

Baseball[edit]

Oklahoma City has had 71 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[2]

National championships[edit]

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.

Oklahoma City won the NACDA Director's Cup for the NAIA in 2002, awarded annually to the college or university with the most success in collegiate athletics.[3]

OCU has won national championships in the following sports (number of championships in parentheses, NAIA titles unless otherwise specified):[4]

  • Men's
    • Baseball (1) – 2005
    • Basketball (6) – 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2008
    • Golf (10) – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
    • Tennis (4) – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Total men's Championships: 18 (in 4 different men's team sports)

  • Women's
    • Basketball (8) – 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001,[5] 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015
    • Golf (7) – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
    • Softball (8) – 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2016, 2017
    • Wrestling (4-WCWA) – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Total women's championships: 25 (in 4 different women's team sports)

Football[edit]

Oklahoma City's football program and head coach Os Doenges made multiple innovative attempts to improving the game.[6]

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 football game. This game marks the first American football game to use a penalty flag.[7]

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.[8] Doenges proposed tests with opposing coaches and at least two agreed to test the idea.[9] 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.[6]

Also, Doenges is credited with inventing the offensive V formation (American football) 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.[10]

The team played Toledo in the 1948 Glass Bowl, losing 27–14.[11]

Nickname and mascot history[edit]

The school is currently known as the Stars, but was known as the Goldbugs or Gold Bugs in the 1920s, 30s and early 40s.[12][13] From 1944, the university was known as the Chiefs[14] 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.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors – Oklahoma City University". Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City, OK)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "Three Repeat Winners Claim Sears Directors' Cup; Oklahoma City University Wins First NAIA Award". National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. June 18, 2002. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Championships". Oklahoma City University Athletics website. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  5. ^ NAIA Division I tournament - Women's College Basketball - ESPN
  6. ^ a b Soldan, Ray (August 29, 1982). "Coach Brought Creative Touch To OCU Football". The Daily Oklahoman. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  7. ^ Bassetti, John (August 1, 1999). "First penalty flag has its roots in YSU football". The Youngstown Vindicator.
  8. ^ "Coaches to Call Signals in Grid Game Saturday". St. Petersburg Times. November 7, 1940. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Snider, Dick (December 18, 2000). "12th man for Okie football team is coach in the huddle". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
  10. ^ "V Formation Makes Debut" (PDF). New York Evening Post. September 14, 1941. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  11. ^ https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SBS19481205.1.20
  12. ^ Tramel, Barry. "Happy Thanksgiving: An ode to Ace Gutowsky". Newsok.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  13. ^ "Indian Gold Bugs Invade Youngst'n" (PDF). The Jambar. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  14. ^ Crump, Laymond. "Oklahoma City U Strikes 'Goal' Rush". Toledo Blade. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  15. ^ "Oklahoma City University athletes will no longer be 'Chiefs'". Worldwide Faith News. United Methodist News Service. Retrieved March 6, 2012.

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