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July 29, 1997

Texas Tech Hires Oskam to Fill Head Coaching Void

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Red Raider assistant women's coach Felix Oskam, who was named Texas Tech's interim soccer coach recently, was awarded the full time position today, Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers announced today.

Oskam replaces Diane Nichols, who began the Tech program in 1994. She resigned her position earlier this month in order to return to Lubbock High School as the head girl's soccer coach.

"I am very excited. This is a dream come true. It has been my goal for a long time to be a head coach at a good Division I school with a great deal of potential. Coach Nichols started the ball rolling, and it is my goal to finish," Oskam said.

Prior to coming to Tech in 1995, Oskam served for three years as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of Tulsa. During the 1993 season, the Tulsa women's program was ranked as high as 11th and finished ranked 18th in the nation. In 1991, the Tulsa men's team achieved a regional ranking of two and a national ranking of 17. Two years later, the men's team finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference behind Creighton, who was ranked as the top team in the nation. Oskam is currently a staff coach and instructor for North Texas Soccer Association, a Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff coach and the Director of Coaching for the girls competitive team, the Lubbock Elite Soccer Club. He has also worked as a staff coach for the Olympic Development Program in Oklahoma and coached the Blackwatch '80 girls select team in Tulsa.

"When the head women's soccer position became available, we quickly realized that we had the best candidate for the job right here in our own program," said Myers. "Felix Oskam is one of the top soccer instructors in the nation. I have every confidence that he will quickly take our women's soccer program to the next level and compete for the Big 12 Championship."

Oskam played 12 years of club soccer in the Netherlands before attending the University of North Texas. While at North Texas, he helped guide UNT to their first national ranking and was twice chosen as a Texas Collegiate Soccer League All-Star. Oskam holds a United States Soccer Federation National "A" license and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A 1981 graduate of North Texas, Oskam earned a Master of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Tulsa in 1993.

The Red Raider soccer program will begin its fourth year of play this season. Tech has fashioned three winning seasons and finished fourth in the Big 12 Conference with a mark of 13-8 last season. Oskam will have 10 starters and 14 letterwinners returning from the 1996 squad.

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