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OCU hires Stevens as women's coach, Campbell as men's coach

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City University has chosen Matt Stevens as head women's wrestling coach.

Stevens had spent the past two seasons as assistant coach on OCU's coaching staff. During that time, OCU produced six national champions, 26 all-Americans and a 59-17 dual record.

In 2015-16, OCU finished runner-up in the Women's College Wrestling Association Championships with three national champions and nine all-Americans. The Stars went 16-5 with a runner-up showing in the NWCA National Duals. OCU owns WCWA championships won in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The Stars had three all-Americans to finish 13th in the NAIA Championships last season. OCU won the NAIA Central Qualifying Group Tournament title while going 16-4 in duals.

"Women's wrestling is an important program on our campus, and I'm happy to have Matt as our head coach," OCU athletic director Jim Abbott said. "Matt is committed to building the program academically, socially, and competitively. I have every reason to believe that he will continue the program's tradition of success under Matt's direction."

Stevens' other coaching experience has been at Tulsa Union High School, Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City and Moore West Junior High.

In 2013-14 with Stevens' aid, Union had three state placers, including Chance Wenglewski, the runner-up at 195 pounds, in the Class 6A state tournament. Union finished sixth place in the team standings and reached the semifinals of the dual state tournament.

At Westmoore, Stevens helped produce a state champion and multiple state placers. Stevens guided 10 state champions and a team state champ at Moore West.

On Team Oklahoma, Stevens has been serving as team director, leading the team to the freestyle national championship in the Junior National Duals in June at Abe Lemons Arena. Stevens represents Oklahoma in the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Stevens earned his bachelor of arts degree in communications from Fort Hays State (Kan.). Stevens wrestled on the collegiate level for three years at Fort Hays. As a high school wrestler, he posted a 107-13 record, became a state champion and all-stater while placing multiple times in the state tournament at Junction City, Kan.

Stars pick Campbell as men's wrestling coach

Oklahoma City University has named C.J. Campbell as head men's wrestling coach.

Campbell had spent the past two seasons as assistant coach on OCU's coaching staff. During that time, OCU produced six national champions, 26 all-Americans and a 59-17 dual record.

In 2015-16, the Stars had three all-Americans to finish 13th in the NAIA Championships. OCU won the NAIA Central Qualifying Group Tournament title while going 16-4 in duals.

OCU finished runner-up in the Women's College Wrestling Association Championships with three national champions and nine all-Americans. The Stars went 16-5 with a runner-up showing in the NWCA National Duals. OCU owns WCWA championships won in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

"We are excited to have C.J. leading our men's wrestling program," OCU athletic director Jim Abbott said. "C.J. brings a wealth of experience, including collegiate head-coaching experience, and has proven his capabilities in the time that he has been on campus."

Campbell said, "I am honored for the opportunity to lead the men's wrestling program at Oklahoma City University. We have a talented group of wrestlers returning next season, along with a great recruiting class. Our goal is to win a national championship, and I believe that is on the horizon. More importantly, we are looking to shape and mold young men into champions in life by upholding a culture of strong moral values and a commitment to excellence in every aspect of life."

Prior to coming to OCU, Campbell spent three seasons as Jamestown (N.D.) head coach and one as assistant for the Jimmies. Campbell mentored two NAIA all-Americans, two qualifying group champions and 16 national qualifiers with the Jimmies.

The Jimmies also achieved in the classroom with three NAIA scholar-athlete award winners and a CoSIDA academic all-American during Campbell's tenure.

Campbell's previous head-coaching experience came at Shelley High School in Shelley, Idaho, where he produced six state qualifiers and three state placers.

Campbell has experience guiding Olympic athletes, helping the Chinese train for the 2008 Olympics as strength and conditioning coach for the Guong Dong Institute of Sports in 2007.

As a wrestler, Campbell became a two-time NAIA all-American, national finalist, and regional champion for Lindenwood University (Mo.). He was a two-time NJCAA all-American at Southwestern Oregon Community College. As a prep wrestler, Campbell was a state champion, two-time state finalist, four-time state placer and a two-time district champion.

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