BETHANY, Okla. – Kristen Wilson has been named Southwestern Christian University's new head volleyball coach according to an announcement by Director of Athletics Mark Arthur Monday afternoon. Wilson replaces Larry Bittle who resigned after four years at the helm of the Eagle program.
"We are very excited to announce the hiring of Kristin to take charge of our volleyball program," Arthur said. "Her resume jumped out to us from the very beginning. We wanted to target someone who was familiar with the Sooner Athletic Conference, and one who could positively impact our student-athletes in a manner consistent with our mission. Not only does Kristen meet those requirements, but she has a proven history of success both as an assistant and as a player at the NAIA and NCAA level."
Wilson, 25, comes to the Bethany school from nearby Oklahoma City University where she helped coach six Sooner All-Conferences players, including the NAIA Mid South Region Player-of-the-Year. OCU finished the season with a 19-14 record and advanced to the SAC Championship semifinals.
"I'm really excited about starting here at Southwestern Christian," said Wilson. "I feel all the pieces are in place to win – it has a great network of support and the Oklahoma City metro area offers an incredible recruiting base. I believe we can build a sustainable winning program over the long term."
Prior to her time at OCU, Wilson was a four-year standout at the University of Central Oklahoma from 2006-2010. She became one of only three players in school history to record 1,000 or more kills and digs in a career, finishing with 1,307 kills and 1,478 digs. She also notched 153 blocks and 97 aces while becoming a three-time all-Lone Star Conference player for the Bronchos. She helped lead UCO to two 20-win seasons and a 70-59 overall record in her four years.
A graduate of Christian Heritage Academy in Del City, Wilson was an all-state selection in both volleyball and basketball at high school.
By: Justin Tinder