Kyle Oaks, an assistant coach for Wright State the last three seasons, has been elevated to the head coaching position of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, WSU Deputy Director of Athletics Roderick Perry announced Thursday. He replaces Sion Brinn, who resigned to take a similar position at his alma mater Indian River Junior College last month.
Oaks joined the staff as an assistant coach in September, 2010, after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at his alma mater, the College of Wooster. Over the past three years, he was involved in all aspects of the program, including practice and meet management as well as recruiting, alumni relations and budget preparation.
“We want to thank Sion for his hard work and dedication and wish him luck,” Perry said. “Kyle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him as well as an understanding of the Raider program and the goals for the future. Kyle has played a large role in the program from every angle.”
From 2004-08, Oaks was one of the top sprint freestylers for the Fighting Scots as well as a contributor in the 100 backstroke and on relays, regularly producing points at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. In fact, he scored the maximum 12 times as an individual during his career with his most significant contributions being a pair of all-conference showings as part of the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays in 2007. Oaks also served as a tri-captain during his senior campaign.
“I want to thank Bob Grant and Rod Perry for their faith in me to guide this swimming and diving program,” Oaks said. “We will continue many of the methods in place, but I also hope to implement some new training styles and add to our tradition of success by helping our program produce excellent student-athletes who will represent our university with pride.”
A Franklin, Indiana, native, Oaks earned a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in philosophy from Wooster in 2008. He has completed two certifications in corrective exercise and performance enhancement with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, owns his master's in Human Movement through Andrew Taylor Still University, and is presently pursuing a certification in Sports Management and a second master's through Wright State University.