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Release date: May 31, 2006
Pioneer Basketball Coach Resigns

PLAINVIEW, TX--- Todd Thurman, head men's basketball coach at Wayland Baptist University for the past seven years, has resigned to take over the reigns at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. SWOSU is a NCAA Division II institution, and competes in the North Division of the Lone Star Conference.

 A native of Yukon, Okla. and a former NAIA All-American who won a national championship while playing at Southern Nazarene University, Thurman was 131-82 as the Pioneer coach and led the team to four NAIA national tournament appearances.  Five Pioneers were named NAIA All-Americans during his tenure, including Ty Harrelson, the only 1st team All-American in WBU men's basketball history.

Dr. Greg Feris, Director of Athletics at Wayland, credits Thurman with bringing back the winning tradition of Pioneer basketball.  "Everyone associated with Wayland athletics is grateful for his hard work and effort.  He brought an energy and passion to the game that was a positive influence on our players and fans alike.  His teams were a force to be reckoned with every time they stepped on the floor with a Sooner Conference opponent."

In 2004, the Pioneers appeared in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.      

"I wished we could have convinced him to stay with us for another run at a SAC championship," says Feris, "but at the same time I'm happy for him and his family as they return to their Oklahoma roots."

A search to replace Thurman will begin immediately.