OC adds swimming; Olympic champ picked to coach

Oklahoma Christian will add intercollegiate men’s and women’s swimming programs for the 2017-18 academic year, with five-time Olympic medalist Josh Davis serving as coach.

OC is just the third Oklahoma university to offer intercollegiate swimming. Davis already has more than 30 student-athletes in the fold.

“Competitive swimming is a great sport with great student-athletes,” President John deSteiguer said. “It is a fantastic fit for OC and our culture of discipline and excellence. Coach Davis is perfect to lead this new program. I am thrilled about what the future holds.”

Davis was the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the 1995 World University Games, then won three gold medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

In the 2000 Games in Sydney, he served as the U.S. swim team captain; his youngest teammate on the squad was a teenager named Michael Phelps. Davis earned two silver medals and broke the U.S. record in the 200-meter freestyle.

Davis is a member of the University of Texas Hall of Honor and the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Spring 2017

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