SWOSU Head Coach Dan Cocannouer • Fourth-most victories in SWOSU Football history (34) • 2015 GAC and AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year • Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee (Class of 2015) • 25 seasons as a High School head coach in Oklahoma • Played at SWOSU from 1974-77
ASAP Energy Field at Milam Stadium is the longtime home of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University football team. The playing surface underwent its most significant transformation in its history of more than 75 years when an AstroTurf playing surface was installed in March of 2010. The field features many of the finest elements common to both professional and major college fields and was installed by one of the industry pioneers, AstroTurf, Inc., of Houston, Texas. The new surface was made possible to the supporters of SWOSU Athletics. The stadium now dons the name 'ASAP Energy Field' thanks to a generous donation from ASAP Energy Inc., which maintains many ASAP General Stores and various other franchises in Western Oklahoma. Other SWOSU supporters with their logo featured on the turf include: SWOSU Alumni Association, Coca Cola, Pioneer Cellular, City of Weatherford, Beutler & Son, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, Nextera Energy, Weatherford Regional Hospital, Legacy Bank and Sudden Link TV & Internet. The facility, with a seating capacity of 8,600, is located on the west end of campus on the corner of Seventh Street and Davis. Recently the Pioneer Cellular Event Center was built and opened outside the south endzone, providing new concession areas and restrooms to be used for SWOSU Football games starting in 2014.
Named for SWOSU’s all-time winningest football coach, the Paul Sharp Locker Room has been upgraded significantly in recent years. The home of Bulldog football now feature more than 100 wooden lockers, engraved with the SWOSU Bulldog logo, and the most recent addition: blue carpet to cover the entire floor of the room. The Paul Sharp Locker Room is located within Rankin Williams Fieldhouse, adjacent to the Cecil Perkins Football Complex. Also within the Locker Room is the equipment room for SWOSU Football and the Locker Room now borders with the Athletic Training Room used primarily by the Bulldog football team.
The Athletic Training Room in Rankin Williams Fieldhouse sits right beyond the south door of the Paul Sharp Locker Room, serving as the primary rehab spot for Bulldog football. Providing expert care to nearly 400 SWOSU student-athletes is the Head Athletic Trainer Edwin Detweiler and staff, consisting of two full-time athletic trainers, two graduate assistants and several students training to enter the field. SWOSU’s team of orthopedists is led by Dr. Michael Kiehn M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeion and Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Blake Badgett, team general medicine physician.
The SWOSU Strength and Conditioning Program, under the direction of Head Strength Coach Jared Jackson and staff, is dedicated to providing a sound and comprehensive strength and conditioning program for all Bulldog student-athletes. The philosophy of Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s strength and conditioning program is to provide a structured, sport-specific, training program that utilizes a combination of functional training, Olympic lifting, power and speed development, and flexibility training. Our strength and conditioning staff is committed to promoting a program and environment that is conducive to helping our athletes in each sport perform to their highest level, a championship level. Our off-season programs are extremely intensive programs that concentrate on strength, power, agility, speed, core strength, and flexibility. These programs serve as the foundation both physically and mentally for each student-athlete and team in our preparation for a championship season.
The latest athletic facility to receive a facelift is the SWOSU Strength & Conditioning Center, the training center for all SWOSU Athletic programs. Renovations to the Strength & Conditioning Center, which is located on 8th Street and just south of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center, were made possible thanks to generous donations to the SWOSU Athletic Department from boosters and the Athletic Association. The plan to renovate the Strength & Conditioning Center went into action in September of 2014 and was completed within a fourmonth timeframe. In total, more than $350,000 worth of cash and donations were used to complete the project, which expanded the gym by 2,500 square feet to the south end, bringing its total size to 7,500 square feet currently. Windows were added to the structure on the east side and in the addition while the walls were lined with sheet rock and painted. The ceiling was coated with a black paint job and had fi ve new ceiling fans installed along with an additional water fountain within the addition. New custom fl ooring from PLAE fl ooring – the best performance fl ooring on the market today – was laid throughout the building along with SWOSU logos featured throughout and 14 custom half racks built by Hammer Strength, another top of the line provider. Nearly 6,000 pounds of custom bumper plates made by Intek were ordered, featuring SWOSU’s blue and gray colors. Another custom feature of the Strength & Conditioning Center is dumbbells made by TROY Barbell that feature the SWOSU Strength and Bulldog head logo on opposite sides. Other new equipment in the center includes new barbells, strength bands and medicine balls that are placed at each workout station
The Pioneer Cellular Event Center is a state of the art, 93,000 square-foot event center located in the heart of Weatherford, Oklahoma and serving as the home of the Bulldog basketball and volleyball teams. Additionally, the SWOSU Athletic offices are housed on the main floor of the building while a brand new athletic training room is located in the locker room corridor. The event center project was initiated by the City of Weatherford’s “Vision 2020” strategic planning process and made possible by the “Yes! Weatherford” sales tax campaign, SWOSU students and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The project broke ground in December 2011 and opened its doors for business in January 2014. The Pioneer Cellular Event Center has a seating capacity in the arena of around 4,000. Everyone has a piece of this venture as the facility was partially funded by city of Weatherford sales tax ($7 million), university students ($7 million) and the University ($7 million). In addition, the University has secured more than $90,000 from past students for an alumni center on the lower level of the building. The new facility was built adjacent to Fast Lane Field, allowing it to provide additional suite and bathroom facilities during home SWOSU football games. The pride and joy of the facility is the top floor VIP suite, which will look over both the football field and the arena. It will be used to entertain donors, hold meetings and be used as a multifunctional suite for gameday and events.
Straight west of the Oklahoma City metro, Weatherford is known for having the longest stretch of “Main Street” on Route 66. This windy city had been making Oklahoma proud since 1898 and is filled with historic museums, boutique shopping and exceptional activities. The people of Weatherford are constantly improving the town with building projects, as seen by the wind turbine farms that line the landscape. Weatherford is home to several of America’s heroes, including Major General Thomas P. Stafford and US Army Major General Paul D. Easton. Stafford, an astronaut and veteran, is still very active in the community with the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford. Famous athletes who have once called Weatherford home include major league baseball player Branden Looper, and professional football players Wes Sims and Todd Franz.
Just one hour to the east of Weatherford is the largest city and state capital, Oklahoma City. A town that has it all, from the historic Old West in Stockyards City to the vibrant energy of Bricktown, the city’s lively entertainment district. Oklahoma City is home to the NBA’s Thunder, the 2012 Western Conference Champions, and the Triple-A Affi liate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the OKC Dodgers - formerly the Redhawks. The museums hold artistic treasures and the sports venues have something for everyone. Dining options are various, with unique restaurants for local favorites and down-home cookins. Choices abound for an experience to cherish in Oklahoma City!
Welcome to Southwestern Oklahoma State University--a university known for its quality academic programs and its friendly service to students, alumni, and friends. Located in the center of western Oklahoma, students may take classes on the main campus located in Weatherford and on the branch campus located in Sayre. Students may complete associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees while attending either the traditional on-campus classes or participating in distance learning opportunities provided through state-of-the-art technology.
The Great American Conference is one of the newest in NCAA Division II, first taking the field in the fall of 2011. Now in its fifth year of competition, the GAC continues to establish itself on the field of play against the very tough Central Region/Super Region 3. The NCAA announced on March 9, 2011 that the Great American Conference was officially accepted as the 23rd NCAA Division II athletics conference. Although the new league was new, it was a concept that had been informally discussed since the early 1990’s between institutions from Arkansas and Oklahoma.
SWOSU FOOTBALL NCAA ERA ALL-AMERICANS: DB Landon Curtis (1997), CB Cecil Deckard (2000), KR Patrick Weaver (2006), LB Ruzell McCoy (2008), DB Clarence Laster (2011), K Colton Rainey (2012), TE Ryan Corbin (2013), DT Devin Benton (2014), KR/PR D.J. Jones (2015)
Southwestern Oklahoma State University has been been noted for its rich athletic history on the field of competition. In football, the Bulldogs have won have 19 conference titles, the latest in 2007 as they shared a Lone Star Conference North Division title. SWOSU has won two conference crowns since transitioning to NCAA Division II and they earned their fi rst NCAA postseason appearance with a berth in the Live United Texarkana Bowl following the 2015 season. Head Coach Dan Cocannouer, a SWOSU alum, earned Great American Conference and AFCA Region Coach of the Year honors after leading the Bulldogs back to the postseason for the fi rst time since the 1996 NAIA National Championship game. SWOSU’s longest-running streak of titles was a four-year run of Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference titles from 1968-71 under legendary coach Otis Delaporte. Delaporte led the Bulldogs to the NAIA Playoffs in 1977, advancing to the NAIA National Championship game - The Apple Bowl - in Seattle, Wash., where they were defeated by Abilene Christian and finished the season 11-1. The Bulldogs all-time winningest coach, Paul Sharp, led SWOSU to postseason appearances in 1992 and 1996. Central Arkansas eliminated the Bulldogs from the playoffs in 1992, but nothing would get in the way of the 1996 squad. SWOSU defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State and Montana Tech on their way to the 1996 NAIA National Title, a fitting end to the NAIA era as Coach Sharp was named the 1996 Rawlings-NAIA Division I Coach of the Year by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
SWOSU Football made the program's first NCAA Division II postseason appearance in 2015 at the Live United Texarkana Bowl, which gives an automatic bid to the top team from the Great American Conference that did not qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Bulldogs faced long-time rival Central Oklahoma in the game in front of a bowl-record 5,583 fans.