The women’s basketball team will begin the season with a new leader.
Bo Overton was named this summer as head coach for the women’s basketball team. Overton’s appointment was made to fill the position after the departure of Latricia Trammell.
Trammell left to serve as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at the NCAA Division I school Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Under Trammell’s tenure, the Stars won two consecutive national championships, adding to six previous championships.
“He’s come into this year being positive and I know he’ll do great things for us,” Junior Forward Catherine Kruschke said of Overton.
Overton has coached men’s and women’s basketball programs all over the world. His previous positions include serving as assistant coach under Sherri Coale at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, head men’s coach and athletic director at Murry State College in Tishomingo, assistant coach for the Chinese national team in the 2012 Summer Olympics, head coach for Dynamo Kursk in Russia, and head coach for the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.
During his time at the University of Oklahoma, Overton helped lead the Sooners to a national championship game in 2002, elevating the team to one of the top-ranked women’s basketball programs in the nation.
“We are thrilled to have a coach the caliber of Bo Overton to take over our women’s basketball program,” said Jim Abbott, assistant vice president of intercollegiate athletics. “Bo has excellent coaching experience, a commitment to the academic growth of our students and is a natural fit to lead our program.”
As a native Oklahoman, Overton said he is excited about being back in his home state and working for OCU.
“I grew up around this school and I’ve known all the history since I was little. I use to go to all the games in Frederickson,” Overton said. “It’s an honor to be here.”
When he is not coaching a team, Overton enjoys watching sports, playing golf and just being outside.
“I am very excited to be coming to such a great university like OCU,” Overton said. “Having grown up in Oklahoma, I am very familiar with the great tradition of all sports at OCU.”
The Stars season will begin Nov. 7 with a game against Langston University in Langston, Okla.