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Tyler Fenwick named Savage Storm head football coach

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DURANT, Okla. –
Southeastern Director of Athletics Keith Baxter has announced the hiring of
Tyler Fenwick as Southeastern football’s 20th head coach in its more than 100-year history.
 
Fenwick comes to Southeastern after a six-year stint at Missouri S&T where
he posted a 37-29 record overall, including his most recent outing at 10-2 in
2018 which included winning Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors
as well as being named the Don Hansen Super Region 3 Coach of the Year.
 
A meet-and-greet for fans and the media has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on
Monday, Jan. 14 in the Blue and Gold Suite inside Bloomer Sullivan Arena
 
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” said Fenwick, “To
lead the Savage Storm Football program and help continue to move this program
over the top.”
 
“We are excited about Coach Fenwick and his family joining Southeastern
and becoming the leader of our football program,” said Baxter. “This
was an extensive search with a very strong applicant pool, we feel Tyler models
the qualities we were looking for in a new coach; a commitment to Athletics and
Academic excellence, good recruiter and a proven winner with post season experience
top the list. We are looking forward to his arrival to campus and working with
our student-athletes.”
 
In 2018 his Miner squad put together a 10-2 season which ended on a six-game
winning streak, including a 51-16 victory over Minnesota State-Moorhead in the
Mineral Water Bowl.
 
He departs the Miner program third in career victories after seeing his program
tie or break 26 individual or team records over six seasons.
 
Fenwick’s players are no stranger to honors as well, with 79 earning All-GLVC recognition,
including 31 first team selections.
 
Six of them would go on to earn All-American honors across the various
organizations, while in the classroom his student-athletes have added six
CoSIDA Academic All-America awards over the same span.
 
A native of the offensive side of the ball, Fenwick’s team’s over the past two
seasons have averaged 35.6 ppg, with the point per game average increasing over
each of the first five seasons, while the defense was solid, allowing 20.5 ppg
in 2018 and just 23.1 ppg over the last season seasons combined. The Miners
were ranked 33rd nationally in scoring offense and scoring defense in 2018.
 
Prior to taking over the program at Missouri S&T, Fenwick served as the
offensive coordinator at Missouri Western State University for six season from
2007 through 2012.
 
While at MWSU, he was part of a program that played in the post-season in each
of the six seasons that he was on the staff, including an appearance in the
NCAA Division II quarterfinals in 2012.
 
During the six years Fenwick spent as offensive coordinator at Missouri
Western, the Griffons averaged 432.8 points per season and 35.1 points per
game.  As a team, the Griffons went 53-18 and played in the NCAA Division
II playoffs three times as well as making three bowl appearances.
 
Fenwick spent the 2006 season as the offensive coordinator at Minnesota
State-Moorhead where he guided an offensive unit that improved its yardage
totals by 65 percent from the previous year, as the Dragons won four of their
last five games to finish with a 6-5 record.
 
Prior to that, he spent five years on the staff at Occidental College in
California – the last four as offensive coordinator.
 
At Occidental, he was the wide receivers coach during the 2001 season as the
Tigers went 8-1 and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference championship, then moved into the offensive coordinator role the
following season.  Over the four years guiding the offense, Occidental had
a 33-9 record, won two SCIAC titles and made two appearances in the NCAA
Division III playoffs, winning twice in the 2004 tournament.  During those
five years, he coached four all-conference quarterbacks and twice had the
conference’s “Offensive Player of the Year”.
 
He began his coaching career at the high school level at Birmingham High School
in Lake Balboa, Calif., as the program’s offensive coordinator, helping guide
the team to a conference championship and playoff appearance as it finished
with a 10-2 record.
 
Fenwick is originally from Los Angeles, Calif., and graduated from Chaminade
College Preparatory High School.  He attended Los Angeles Valley College
and the University of New Mexico, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in
university studies in 1999. A two-year letterman for the Lobos as a wide
receiver, he caught 14 passes during the two years in which he played at UNM.
 
Fenwick and his wife, Angela, have three children, daughter Kylie and sons
Kayden and Kiptyn.  His father, Jim, was a highly successful coach at the
collegiate and high school levels in California.

Record-setting receiver excels on-and-off the playing field

Kaymon Farmer speaks to a group of students during 8th Grade Career Discovery Day, held on the Southeastern campus in January.

Kaymon Farmer speaks to a group of students during 8th Grade Career Discovery Day, held on the Southeastern campus in January.

DURANT, Okla. – During his time at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Kaymon Farmer excelled both on and off the playing field.

On the field, the Savage Storm wide receiver set a Great American Conference (GAC) and school record for most career receptions with 236, completing his eligibility at the end of the 2016 season. He was also named to the GAC All-Conference team. In addition, the 5-5, 150-pound former walk-on also holds the Southeastern single-season reception record with 77 catches in 2013 (his freshman season).

After redshirting in 2012, Farmer played four seasons at Southeastern, the last three under head coach Bo Atterberry. In addition to his 236 receptions, Farmer scored 21 touchdowns during his Savage Storm career.

Off the field, the Pittsburg (Texas) High School graduate earned his bachelor’s degree in occupational safety & health in May 2016. More recently, he was one of 24 college football players in the nation (all levels) recognized at the Sugar Bowl for being selected to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

The Good Works Team honors college football players who dedicate their time to bettering the community and the lives of others.  Leadership, character, and academic standing are among the attributes considered for selection to the team.

Among the other honorees was Deshaun Watson, quarterback of the national champion Clemson Tigers.

Farmer is one of just three Oklahoma players selected for the recognition, with the others being Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Oklahoma Baptist University offensive lineman Zach Clark.

Mark Richt of the University of Miami was selected as honorary coach of the team, which was honored at anumber of events at the Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans.

Kaymon Farmer gains yardage following a reception.

Kaymon Farmer gains yardage following a reception.

In the local community, Farmer has been active in Imagine Durant, Families Feeding Families, Boys and Girls Club, church, and participated in a mission trip to Haiti.

At Pittsburg, located in east Texas, Farmer excelled in both basketball and football, where he played for coach Robert Manley, who played football at Southeastern in the early 1980s.

Pittsburg, a community of 4,500 residents, has produced two outstanding NFL receivers in Kendall Wright (currently with the Tennessee Titans) and Homer Jones (New York Giants receiver in the 1960s).  Jones, who still lives in Pittsburg, is also famous for introducing the “spike’’ as a touchdown celebration.

“Coach (Ray) Richards (former SE head coach) believed in me and gave me a tryout,’’ Farmer said.  “Sean Cooper (former SE running back and director of sports performance at his alma mater and who is also from Pittsburg) is my first cousin and he has always been like a big brother androle model to me. ‘’

Farmer noted that he will always have fond memories of Southeastern.

“This is a place for growth, a place to find yourself and be part of something bigger than yourself.  Coach Atterberry is the real deal; he sets high standards and holds players and coaches accountable. Great things are going to happen here with this football program.’’

“Kaymon is an exceptional kid,’’ Atterberry said. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving (of receiving recognition). He has worked around the clock, on and off the field, in the classroom and in the community.’’

And while Farmer certainly has dreams of playing at the next level, he also plans on being a success at any endeavor he chooses.

“I’m a self-motived guy – I want to be the best at whatever I do. That’s just my mindset.  Football doesn’t define me. If that (football career) doesn’t work out, I’ll be involved in the community working with kids and trying to make the world a better place.’’

Mark Webb named Director of Development at Southeastern

Mark Webb

Mark Webb

DURANT, Okla. – A familiar voice has been selected to serve as Director of Development at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Mark Webb, the public address announcer for Savage Storm athletic events for the past 20 years, will begin his new duties on Nov. 2. This position is being funded through private sources.

“We are delighted to have Mark join the University in this capacity,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “He will be a great addition to our staff as we intensify our efforts in the critical area of private fundraising.’’

Webb, a 1990 graduate of Southeastern, has 27 years of experience in the financial/marketing field.  He is also a former president of the Southeastern Alumni Association.

“I’ve been blessed over the last 25-plus years to represent some of the finest people and companies, and I developed a great bond and affection for each one,’’ Webb said.  “However, the opportunity to represent my alma mater is an opportunity that I consider to be the pinnacle of my professional career.  It is a great honor to be able to give back to the University that has done so much for me.’’

Southeastern schedules Welcome Week activities

DURANT, Okla. – A variety of activities are on tap at Southeastern Oklahoma State University as fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 17.

“Welcome Week’’ activities will be held Aug. 15-20. Housing and Residence Life Check-in, better known as move-in day, begins Saturday, Aug, 15, in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. A 4:30 p.m. is Freshman Convocation in Montgomery Auditorium (Morrison Hall). A BBQ meal on the front lawn of campus will follow convocation.

Among the other activities throughout the week are movies, a block party, stickball, merchant/organization fair, and a Savage Storm football scrimmage.

For a complete list of Welcome Week events, please go to http://www.se.edu/events/welcome-week/

 

Parents, Family and Friends Day set for Sept. 27

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has scheduled Parents, Family and Friends Day for Saturday, September 27.

Coach Bo Atterberry’s Savage Storm football team will host Ouachita Baptist University at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field. Other activities to be held in Tailgate Alley (across from Laird Field) include tailgating and a photo booth.

You may register online at http://www.se.edu/dept/student-life/parents-family-and-friends-day/

True Blue Chili Cook-off set for Nov. 16

TailgatingDURANT, Okla. – Don’t miss the True Blue Chili Cook-off and Southeastern Tailgate Party when the Savage Storm play host to East Central in the final football game of the season. The chili cook-off has been added to spice things up a bit and determine the top lip-blistering chef in the Southeastern and Durant communities.

The Southeastern-East Central game kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, and the Tailgate Party begins at 11 a.m. with all chili cookers on-site in Tailgate Alley.

Chili must be ready for the judges by  noon. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. and free chili will be available for everyone in attendance.

The judges’ decision will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

How do you beat a deal like that?

Chili cookers and eaters, along with other tailgaters, will enjoy listening to live music by the Classic Rock Band, Strongwood, and then take part in “The Walk” to the stadium at 1:45 p.m. with kickoff set for 2 p.m.

The True Blue Chili Cook-off is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association and the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce.

Early registration deadline is Thursday, November 14, but you may register on-site the day of the cook-off. To register or for more information, contact the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce at 580-924-0848 or alumni@se.edu.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University introduces mascot

Student Government Association president Joseph Baden and University president Larry Minks unveil the new bison mascot.

Student Government Association president Joseph Baden and University president Larry Minks unveil new bison mascot.

DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State University officials gathered with students and community members Thursday afternoon to introduce the school’s new mascot, the bison. The introduction was made during a pep rally style event in the packed atrium of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union.

“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve selected a new mascot for the University,” said Dr. Larry Minks, president of Southeastern. “Our mascot will become demonstrative of the pride, resilience and strength we believe personifies Southeastern and the Savage Storm. People will have the opportunity to not only see the mascot at athletic events, but at many other events within the University, community and Durant area.”

The reveal included the unveiling of the official university mascot imagery and logo, a preview of the bison as a life-size cutout, videos, and remarks by President Minks, Student Government Association president Joseph Baden, Savage Storm football player Coby Ragsdale, Alumni Association president Rob Piearcy, Director of Interactive Marketing/ Director of External Athletic Operations Luke Willman, and alumnus-Savage Storm public address announcer Mark Webb.

To further engage the Southeastern Oklahoma State University community, there will be a “Name Your Mascot” contest taking place from September 5 – September 21. Participants will have two weeks to submit a name they feel best represents Southeastern and its bison. Suggestions will be accepted online at www.se.edu/mascot.

The top names will be disclosed prior to homecoming in order for students, faculty, alumni and community members to submit their final vote on the mascot name. The winning name will be announced during homecoming festivities October 4th and 5th.

“Not only do we want the university involved, we want our university community involved as well,” said Willman.  “The new mascot has a unique role to create a strong visual identity for Southeastern, to unify our university spirit and to create a sense of belonging for the entire Durant community.”

During the reveal, Southeastern also paid tribute to prior names and mascots by highlighting the invaluable roles they each played in shaping the university’s history and traditions with a mascot evolution tribute video.

In 1921, the ‘Savage’ became the official mascot for Southeastern in honor of the area’s native people. By 2006, the nickname became the ‘Savage Storm’ to comply with a new NCAA policy.

With more than 90 years of history behind the name ‘Savage Storm’, the university has no desire to change its name, but to preserve its tradition through a revamped visual identity. In order to determine what best represented the ‘Savage Storm,’ a mascot committee was developed.

The committee was comprised of students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, administration, athletic department personnel, alumni and community representatives.

New Savage Storm mascot to be revealed Sept. 5

DURANT, Okla. – Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 5, as that will be the day the new Savage Storm mascot will be revealed for the first time.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to present a new Savage Storm mascot,’’ said Southeastern Oklahoma State University president Larry Minks. “Our mascot will become demonstrative of the pride, resilience and strength we believe personifies Southeastern.  People will have the opportunity to not only see the mascot at athletic events, but at many other events within the University community and the Durant area.’’

To celebrate, the University will hold a Savage Storm Rally on Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. Students, faculty, and staff will gather for this event, which will include the unveiling of the official university mascot imagery and logo, and a preview of the mascot as a life-size cutout, in addition to remarks by a number of individuals.

A community reveal event is planned for later that day at 5:30 p.m. at Tailgate Alley (across from Paul Laird Football Field). The Savage Storm will then kick off the football season at 6 p.m. against Southern Arkansas.

To further engage the campus and community, there will be a “Name Your Mascot” contest taking place from September 5 – September 21. Participants will have 10 days to submit a name they feel best represents Southeastern and its mascot followed by an on-line vote. Details on the contest will be announced on Sept. 5.

The winning name will be announced homecoming weekend (Oct. 4-5) with the new mascot leading the team on the field against Texas A&M-Commerce on Oct. 5.

Following is the complete schedule of events for September 5:

12:30 p.m. — Savage Storm Rally (Mascot Reveal) Glen D. Johnson Student Union

3 p.m. — Tailgate Alley opens (3rd & University)

4:30 p.m. – True Blue BBQ Cookoff (Tailgate Alley)

5:30 p.m. – Savage Storm Mascot Reveal (Tailgate Alley)

5:40 p.m. – The Walk (Paul Laird Field)

6 p.m. — Football vs. Southern Arkansas (Paul Laird Field)

Kelly Green named Men’s Basketball Coach

Kelly Green named Men’s Basketball Coach

Press Release Date: 3-28-2011

Southeastern Oklahoma State Director of Athletics Keith Baxter has announced the hiring of Kelly Green to be the head coach of the men’s basketball program.

Green joins the Savage Storm family after 14 seasons as head coach at Arizona Western, a junior college program in Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, where he racked up a 342-107 record.

In all, he has amassed 25 years of coaching experience, 18 of those as a collegiate head coach where he has amassed a record of 391-169.

“My family and I are ecstatic about coming to Durant,” said Green, “As well as the opportunity that Dr. Minks and coach Baxter are affording us.”

“Being from Oklahoma,” continued Green, “I know the tradition at Southeastern and it’s our goal to return to that, especially as the program heads into the Great American Conference next season.”

“We are excited with the selection of Kelly Green as our new men’s basketball coach,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “He has an impressive background and we believe he will be a good fit for the Savage Storm program. I might add that Keith Baxter (director of athletics) and the selection committee spent a great deal of time reviewing a large pool of applicants, and they are most pleased with the results. We look forward to welcoming coach Green and his family to Southeastern and Durant.”

“Kelly Green brings a proven track record of success,” said Baxter, “He has had great success in his career and will be an excellent fit for the program.

“He and his family will be a fine addition to the city of Durant,” continued Baxter, “And his coaching philosophy is a seamless fit with our mission of becoming the model Division II University.”

“I would also like to thank the search committee,” said Baxter. “Their tireless efforts in evaluating more than 130 applicants helped us efficiently narrow the search and eventually come to the selection of coach [Kelly] Green.”

Green was the longest tenured coach in AWC program history and led the team to 13 consecutive Region I Playoff appearances.

The Matadors wrapped the 2010-11 season with 23 wins and Green averaged 24 wins per season over his 14 years at the helm, making AWC the winningest college or university men’s basketball program in the state of Arizona over that time.

Green led AWC to 11 Region I final appearances and won the regional championship five times. He has been named the ACCAC Coach of the Year six times and was named the district Coach of the Year three times.

His first head coaching stint came at Frank Phillips College in Texas, where as the youngest head coach in the Lone Star State at that time. He proceeded to lead the men’s basketball team to its first winning season in a decade.

Green then went to Texas JC power Western Texas College before getting his first taste of NCAA Division I coaching as the top assistant at the University of Texas-Pan American.

While at UTPA, the team recorded the 4th-best turnaround in NCAA Division I and had the highest conference finish in school history.

Kelly also had brief stops at Western New Mexico and Angleton (TX) High School before landing at AWC.

He is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State where he lettered in basketball and tennis for two years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from NWOSU and a Master’s Degree in Education from Oklahoma City.

Kelly is married to the former Ginger Ratzlaff of Mannford, Okla., and they have two kids, Caspian, a freshman volleyball player at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and Dakota, a sophomore in high school.