Southwestern adds McQuillan as coordinator
WEATHERFORD– The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement, has announced the hiring of Kayla McQuillan as the Bulldogs’ new Athletics Advancement Coordinator. Continue reading “Southwestern adds McQuillan as coordinator”

Bulldog soccer chosen as GAC preseason favorite
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.  – SWOSU Soccer has been selected as the preseason favorite in the Great American Conference for the 2018 season according to a poll of the league coaches. The conference office announced the preseason poll on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading “Bulldog soccer chosen as GAC preseason favorite”

SWOSU football picked 10th in GAC preseason poll
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Southwestern Oklahoma State University football has been picked to finish 10th in the Great American Conference during the 2018 season according to a poll of the league’s 12 head coaches.

The preseason poll was announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.

Following a run to the national semifinals, Harding received eight first-place votes and sits atop the poll with 118 points, but they were one of four teams to receive a first-place vote. Defending conference champion Ouachita was second in the poll with 111 points, while Southern Arkansas was third with 81 points and followed by Southeastern and Arkansas Tech tied for fourth with 86 points.

After Henderson State came in at No. 6, there was a significant gap between the next group of teams, which included Arkansas-Monticello and Northwestern Oklahoma State in seventh and eighth, respectively. Southern Nazarene was ranked just above the Bulldogs with 30 points, while SWOSU claimed 28 points to sit just above two teams – East Central and Oklahoma Baptist – who were tied for 11th place.

A new regime of SWOSU football takes the field in 2018 as Chet Pobolish leads the Bulldogs for his first season as a head coach. Pobolish brings 17 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division II and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) levels to the sideline for SWOSU after most recently serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Missouri Western last season.

Pobolish welcomes back a squad that includes nine starters and 35 letterwinners, but no players who were named to the All-Great American Conference teams in 2017. Among the top returners for the Bulldogs are a pair of Academic All-Americans in senior offensive lineman Brandon Roe and junior outside linebacker Braden Sweet along with senior wide receiver JR Omigie, who was an Honorable Mention All-GAC selection in 2016.

SWOSU opens the season with the ASAP Kickoff Classic against Arkansas-Monticello on Aug. 30 – the first of six home games for the Bulldogs during the 2018 season. Other key dates include Parents Day against Southern Arkansas (Sept. 15), SWOSU Saturday against Oklahoma Baptist (Oct. 27) and Homecoming against Northwestern Oklahoma State (Nov. 10).

2018 GAC Football Preseason Coaches Poll


# Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1 Harding (8) 118
2 Ouachita (2) 111
3 Southern Arkansas (1) 91
T-4 Southeastern Okla. (1) 86
T-4 Arkansas Tech 86
6 Henderson State 81
7 Arkansas-Monticello 58
8 Northwestern Okla. 55
9 Southern Nazarene 30
10 SWOSU 28
T-11 East Central 24
T-11 Oklahoma Baptist 24

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SWOSU soccer opens ranked No. 17
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Soccer Coaches has released the association’s national preseason rankings for men’s and women’s teams in all divisions of NCAA and junior college competition, as well as the upcoming fall season of boys and girls high school soccer. Continue reading “SWOSU soccer opens ranked No. 17”

Southwestern places 26 on academic All-GAC list
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Following the completion of the 2017-18 season of competition in the Great American Conference, the league office announced that a record 471 student-athletes achieved Academic All-Conference honors in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field baseball and softball, an increase of 20 from the prior high. Continue reading “Southwestern places 26 on academic All-GAC list”

SWOSU volleyball picked 6th in GAC preseason coaches’ poll
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – A poll of the 12 head coaches in the Great American Conference has picked the SWOSU volleyball team to finish sixth in the league during the 2018 season. Continue reading “SWOSU volleyball picked 6th in GAC preseason coaches’ poll”

Bulldog track & field garners academic recognition

NEW ORLEANS, La. – All-Academic Team honors for the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday. Continue reading “Bulldog track & field garners academic recognition”

3 SWOSU players named to NABC Honors Court
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. Continue reading “3 SWOSU players named to NABC Honors Court”