Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University Athletics
500 West University St. Shawnee, OK 74804
NAIA Oklahoma South
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Mike White

Michael White took the helm for the Lady Bison in 2010, after being the assistant for two years.


In his nine years the Lady Bison have accumulated a record of 97-64-12 overall. In the conference, where Coach White places the most importance, his teams have achieved a 53-30-11 record. The team has made it to the conference championship game four times since White joined OBU.


Since taking over, White has produced four All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans, as well as nine all-region and 31 all-conference selections. He's also instructed one GAC Defensive Player of the Year, a GAC Goalkeeper of the Year and two freshman of the year honorees in addition to being named the GAC Coach of the Year in 2017.


Oklahoma Baptist claimed its first regular season Great American Conference title under White in 2017 after becoming just the second team in conference history to go unbeaten in league play with a 9-0-3 record. The squad went 15-2-3 overall, reaching the GAC Championship, while setting a program record for shutouts (10) and tying the program records for wins (15).


The Lady Bison reached new heights in 2016, finishing as the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Runners-Up following a third-place finish in the Great American Conference. Led by NCCAA All-Americans Kenzi Bice and Ruth King, OBU tied the school record with 15 wins, including the program's first upset of a ranked Division II opponent (Texas Woman's).


Coach White views the games leading up to conference as preparation. That’s why his philosophy is to play as difficult a schedule as possible early on. A difficult early season combined with being a member of Sooner Athletic Conference, which is always competitive, provides ample competition to prepare the team. In fact, in the 2011 season the Lady Bison’s schedule was ranked the second toughest in the NAIA.


Other coaching experiences include assistant men’s coaching position at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the head women's soccer coaching role at Montreat College for five seasons, and the head men and women’s role at Stratford Academy in Macon, GA winning two state championships and one runner-up.


Soccer is year around for Coach White. He coaches competitive soccer for the Norman Youth Soccer Association in the fall and spring and during the winter months he directs the Bison Winter Futsal league at OBU’s wellness center to raise money for the Lady Bison's annual mission trips which have included trips to Boulder, Colorado, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Fairbanks, Alaska.


Using soccer as a tool for ministry is a passion. Since spending two years as a youth sports developer in Cambodia and Uzbekistan as part of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, he has also taken soccer teams to England, Thailand, Laos, Australia, New Zealand and West Asia.


If not on the soccer field coaching, you’ll find coach White enjoying spending time with his wife Mandy (OBU ’94) and their seven children Hannah, Matthew, Michaela, Hali, Hope, Hudson and Moriah.


A player and graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, AL White went on to attend the University of Alabama – Birmingham to earn his Masters degree in Sport Administration.


White also is a certified United States Soccer Federation coach with a national ‘A' Level Coaching License and has attended the USSF national GK course as part of his continuing education credits.

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Jeremy Hymel

Jeremy Hymel was hired as assistant coach for Women's soccer in 2012. He has helped the program to a 69-41-6 record the last 6 years including two conference championships, NCCAA national runner-ups, and three 15-win seasons. He has assisted in coaching three All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, and numerous all conference and all region honorees.


Prior to coaching at Oklahoma Baptist, Hymel coached at Carl Albert High School for seven seasons, where he was an All-State Coach with five district championships, four state regional championships, and four runner-up appearances in the State Finals. In addition, his teams had one Academic State Championship, one Academic Runner-Up finish, and produced numerous All-State players and eventual college athletes.


Coach Hymel currently holds his National 'C' license through the US Soccer Federation and has obtained his Advanced National Diploma and Goalkeeping Level 2 diploma from the United Soccer Coaches organization.


Hymel graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1997, earning a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. Currently, he is pursuing his Master's of Education in Sports Administration from East Central University. Hymel, who is a member of LifeChurch in Midwest City, enjoys storm chasing, bass fishing and snow skiing in his spare time.

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