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Waxahachie – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) announces Donnie Bostwick as the head men’s basketball coach.

SAGU President Dr. Kermit Bridges shared the news with members of the Lions basketball team on Friday, April 8. 

Dr. Bridges stated, “Coach Bostwick is arguably the most qualified coach we’ve ever hired, having reached championship status at every level as a player and coach, but it is his total commitment to the spiritual development of student-athletes that really stands out and makes him such a great addition to the university.”

Bostwick has spent the last four years as athletic director and head coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) earning a record of 120-20.

His teams qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National tournament each year and were 2009 National Champions. 

He was named the NAIA DII Coach of the Year in 2009 & 2010.

“Nothing is more important to me than having the opportunity to influence college-aged student-athletes in their own spiritual development,” Bostwick said. “My mission field is coaching and teaching. It ranks first among my (vocational) priorities.”

After a 10-year stint as assistant coach at John Brown University (JBU) in Arkansas, Bostwick took the reigns of the Oklahoma Wesleyan program that had four consecutive 20-loss seasons. 

He led the Eagles to season records of 26-8, 35-2, 30-5 and 29-5 qualifying the team for a place in the NAIA national tournament each time.

While his team won NAIA’s DII national championship in 2009, the other three campaigns ended with trips to the Sweet 16, the Final Four and the Elite Eight. 

The NAIA Division II National Player of the Year the past two seasons were OKWU Eagles’ Guard Steve Briggs and Forward Sadiel Rojas.

Bostwick and his wife, Sheri, have four children: Gunter, 14, Paige, 12, Kylie, 8 and Kade, 6. Sheri is an elementary school teacher.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located in Waxahachie. 

The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. 

More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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