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Coaches’ corner: Thoughts on the Summit League

ORU is returning to the Summit League after two seasons in the Southland Conference.

The Golden Eagles enjoyed much success during their previous tenure with the Summit League, since they joined during the 1997-1998 academic year.

From that time till their departure, ORU won 91 league championships, produced 68 All-Americans and made 75 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Now returning back to the conference that gave them much success, some coaches have mixed feelings about what to expect this time around. Here’s what some of the head and assistant coaches had to say:

Kyron_HeadWomen’s Basketball Assistant Coach: Kyron Stokes
Coach Bio:Begins his third season on staff at ORU; Helped re-build women’s program

 

“We desire to be better than we were last year. We want to put a better product on the floor … just win games. The Summit League is just a completely different type of play. It’ll be a new experience for our new players, but we’re excited…except for the weather. We want to compete to win a conference championship and get back to the NCAA tournament. That’s our focus.”

 

 

Sheena_HeadVolleyball Head Coach: Sheera Sirola
Coach Bio: First volleyball player to be inducted into ORU Hall of Fame; Earned 200th win during the 2013-2014 season

“I want this team to go to the tournament. We are young, but growing pains are normal. I don’t know what to expect this year from the Summit League. We’ve had a great deal of success in the past, but things have changed. There are new teams that I have no idea about. When we start conference play, we’ll see where everyone is. This is a new era in the Summit League.”

 

Kyan_HeadMen’s Basketball Assistant Coach: Kyan Brown
Coach Bio: Begins his seventh season on staff at ORU

“We are very excited about returning to the Summit League. We’ve enjoyed great success there and hope to continue that tradition … we are going back to where we consider home. Our expectations are to compete for a conference championship, and we’ve got a good chance this year.”

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