Donnie Bostwick Named Head Basketball Coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University has named Donnie Bostwick the new head coach for the OKWU men’s basketball program, announced today by Mark Molder, OKWU’s Director of Athletics. After a six-year stint at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, Bostwick returns home to Oklahoma Wesleyan where he began his head coaching career in 2007.

“His record and accolades speak for themselves, but Donnie truly represents what OKWU and our Athletic Department are all about,” said Molder. “We’re expecting Donnie to excel in his mission field of being a coach by leading his players in their spiritual growth, making sure they excel academically and leading them to play at a high level on the basketball floor. This is a homecoming for Donnie, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him and his family back.”
During his time leading the Eagles men’s basketball program, he held a 120-20 (0.857) record over the span of his four years at the helm. He led OKWU to a National Championship in 2009 and also set a NAIA Division II record with a 39-game winning streak. Bostwick was named NAIA National Coach of the year in 2009 and 2010 and Conference Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
While at SAGU, Bostwick compiled a record of 152-56 for a winning percentage of 75%. He led the Lions to multiple conference championships and also a runner-up finish at the 2013 NAIA National Tournament. Coach Bostwick was named Conference Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2017, and was the NCCAA National Coach of the Year in 2013.

“I will be forever in debt to the SAGU family for the love they have given both me and my family, but I am excited and so thankful for this opportunity to return to Oklahoma where my family and so many of my close friends await,” said Bostwick.

Placing Christ at the center of his teams by applying biblical principles and seeking God’s presence has proven to be a winning strategy for Bostwick. A record of 271-76 places his 78.1% winning percentage at the top of active NAIA coaches and would rank him in the Top 15 of NCAA coaches all-time. When it comes to active coaches, he only ranks behind Mark Few (Gonzaga) 81.1%, Roy Williams (North Carolina) 79.1%, and John Calipari (Kentucky) 78.2%. Bostwick has directed and worked camps nationwide for nearly 30 years. In 2015, he was selected as a 2015 USA Basketball Coach. His 2015 team traveled to Angola, Africa where they defeated the African National Champions. Including his wins as an assistant coach, Bostwick has compiled 512 career wins.

In addition to Coach Bostwick’s professional accolades, he considers his greatest success to be at home, where he and his wife of 25 years enjoy raising their four children and are thrilled to bring their family back to their Bartlesville home.

“I want to thank OKWU, Dr. Piper, and the administration for once again giving me the opportunity to lead Eagles Basketball. I look forward to what God has in store at OKWU,” said Bostwick. “Bartlesville is a basketball town and I can’t wait to see the Mueller Sports Center packed with rowdy fans.  I believe God has big things planned, greater than we can dream or imagine. I’m elated to be back!”

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