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Why Bo Overton stepped out and stepped up in move to Oklahoma Baptist


Bo Overton has coached on just about every level of women’s basketball.

Now, he can add NCAA Division II to the list.

Overton was officially introduced Monday as the new women’s basketball coach at Oklahoma Baptist University. He leaves Oklahoma City University after five wildly successful years, three of which were 30-wins seasons including an NAIA national title in 2017.

“I just felt like going into the NCAA, it’s just another level of play,” Overton said. “The conference, the competition, it’s just another level.”

Overton also felt a strong connection to Oklahoma Baptist.

He graduated high school in Ada, played college ball at OU and spent much of his coaching career in the area not far from the Shawnee college.  Additionally, having played and coached in the state much of his life, the 59-year-old has long-standing friendships with many of the coaches in the Great American Conference as well as the coaches who’ve come before him at OBU.

Overton considers Bob Hoffman and Doug Tolin, former men’s basketball coaches at OBU, to be both friends and mentors.

“I don’t want to let anybody down because this is such a great place,” Overton said.

Oklahoma Baptist moved to NCAA Division II in 2017, and while several sports have had success, including baseball and men’s basketball, women’s basketball has struggled. It has had four consecutive losing seasons, last finishing above .500 in 2015-16.

“The hiring of Bo Overton, I think, will transform our women’s program and move us forward in the Division II era,” Oklahoma Baptist athletic director Robert Davenport said.

Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›