Todd Brooks passed away September 16, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. He was 44 years old. He was a popular musician and performer who appeared in numerous productions while studying music education at Oklahoma Christian in the late 80s and early 90s. 


Rod Carroll, the pulpit minister for Ninnekah Church of Christ in Oklahoma, died March 1 when a bus lost control trying to avoid an ice-related accident Rod had stopped to help with. He was 61 years old. 


Former Oklahoma Christian public relations director David Owens passed away on April 22 at the age of 71. He served during the presidency of Terry Johnson, who returned to Oklahoma City to preside over David’s memorial service. 


Rick Reed passed away at age 42 on November 5, 2013. Rick was a missionary to Japan for many years and dedicated his life to knowing, serving and teaching the people of Japan across numerous contexts. Rick battled various health issues the last 12 years of his life and ultimately was not able to overcome them. Many remember Rick as passionate OC basketball fan and a talented player in his own right. More significantly, he knew how to love people well, without expectation or pressure, always willing to share himself and all he had. His legacy of Christ-like love extends to thousands of people throughout the world and echoes into eternity. 


L. Haskell Sinclair, who coached basketball and baseball at Oklahoma Christian during the formative days of our athletic program, passed away in January at age 79. 

Sinclair is one of only six men’s basketball coaches in OC’s history. Athletic Director Curtis Janz said Sinclair “was one of the men on whom the foundation of OC athletics was built. He coached players such as Frank Davis and recruited players such as Mike Gipson, who set the standard for the future of our program.” 

Sinclair arrived in 1962 as Oklahoma Christian was about to enter only its second full season of competition against other four-year colleges. 

Led by Frank Davis’ still-standing school record of 26.2 points per game, the Eagles went 17-5 in 1962-63 and followed that with a 7-13 mark in 1963-64. 

Sinclair stepped down after that season and was succeeded by Davis. 

“He was the best coach ever,” Davis said. “He loved coaching and we loved playing for him. Coach Sinclair believed in us and made us believe in ourselves. He made a huge difference in my life as a person and as an athlete. I will always remember him and his wonderful family.” 

Summer 2014

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