Oklahoma Wesleyan University sports news summary
Even during the off-season, Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s sports scene has garnered attention from a variety of reports.
A summary follows:
As EE reported a few months ago, Kameron Nettleton had resigned after one season as OKWU sports information director to work in another quarter for the school.
The athletic department and school administration selected former Lady Eagle softball legend Tahlor Stefek as his successor.
Stefek completed her last softball season last spring. Among the honors she earned was a place on the NAIA All-America Softball Second Team, the only Lady Eagle to do so.
This proved to be an especially meaningful honor since the Lady Eagles did not compete in the NAIA national tournament.
Stefek has been Nettleton’s SDI Graduate Assistant since January.
She hit .457, squashed five homers, drove in 44 carries, hit 49 carries and recorded 6-for-6 steals last spring while helping OKWU finish 35-16 and 18-6 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference .
Former OKWU men’s soccer icon Luka Milicevic is likely to ensure the Eagles and Lady Eagle each lose at least one game this fall.
That’s because Milicevic will be the head football coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Bethel (Kan.) College — an OKWU rival in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Milicevic played at OKWU in the early to mid-2010s (2013–16).
During his tenure, he made 77 appearances – although only 13 in his senior year – and amassed 12 goals, 20 assists and made 48 shots on target while playing at the position of defender.
His best season came in 2015 (six goals, 10 assists, 18 shots).
He earned a BS in Business Administration from OKWU, returned the next year as a Graduate Assistant Coach for Eagle Soccer, and worked on (and completed) his Masters in Business Administration with a focus on leadership.
Milicevic served as an assistant on the Eagles 2020 national finalists team.
Last year he trained as a women’s assistant at Rogers State.
Milicevic has been named Bethel Director of Soccer Operations and will oversee both the men’s and women’s programs in 2022.
OKWU Football Voted 1st Place
KCAC men’s soccer coaches voted the Eagles #1 in the conference preseason poll.
OKWU — which is led by head coach Jamie Peterson — scored 144 voting points, including 12 of the 13 first-place votes.
Next came McPherson (126, one vote in first place), followed by Friends (115) and Tabor (114).
As mentioned above, OKWU played for the 2020 NAIA National Title and was narrowly sent to defeat.
Last season, the Eagles advanced to the Elite Eight (Quarterfinals).
In previous seasons, OKWU has played several seasons in the Final Four (semifinals) or Elite Eight.
OKWU has qualified for the NAIA National Playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons.
Earlier this week, the Eagles were ranked #5 nationally in the NAIA preseason poll.
Although OKWU volleyball saw several Impact players eliminated from last year’s team due to eligibility expiration, the Lady Eagles were still ranked 5th out of 13 teams in the KCAC volleyball preseason poll.
OKWU attracted 103 points. Before the Lady Eagles came Ottawa, McPherson, Kansas Wesleyan and Saint Mary.
OKWU head coach Tracie Gillette hit the jackpot during off-season recruitment, signing several players who could make a powerful impact early on.
Great works, good setting
The OKWU men’s basketball team – who were promoted to the NAIA Elite Eight last season – are currently on a missionary trip to the Bahamas.
The service includes playing exhibition games on the island.
OKWU Volleyball plans to start the season at noon on August 19 at Mid-America Christian University/University of Science & Arts of the Oklahoma Cruisin’ Classic.
OKWU will also face Science & Arts on August 19 at 5pm.
On August 23 at 7:00 p.m., OKWU will hold their home game against Randall.
The Lady Eagle soccer team kicks off the campaign with an away game on August 27th at Science & Arts.
OKWU women won’t play their home opener until Sept. 10 when Columbia (Mon.) comes to town for a 5 p.m. showdown.
As of Friday morning, no information on the OKWU men’s soccer table appeared to be available on the school’s website.