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Kyle Oaks
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Wooster
Graduating Year: 2008
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 937-775-4704
Email: kyle.oaks@wright.edu
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Kyle Oaks Biography
Courtesy: WSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: 08/01/2010

Kyle Oaks is in his fourth season as head coach of the Wright State swimming and diving program and is in his seventh season overall with the program. Oaks joined the staff as an assistant coach in September, 2010, after serving as an assistant for two seasons at his alma mater, the College of Wooster. For his three years as the Raider assistant coach, he was involved with many aspects of the program. During his time as an assistant, Oaks coached the distance group. His athletes achieved 3 individual Horizon League titles and set 3 school records. He was promoted to the head swimming and diving coach position in July of 2013.

Oaks’ time as the head coach has been very successful. After taking over the team in 2013 the program saw a strong improvement in dual meet victories and concluded the year with 9 USA Winter National standards, 4 school records, and 3 NCAA qualifying standards.

During the 14-15 campaign the team saw increased improvement from Oaks’ first season at the helm. The men’s team jumped from 6th to 3rd place and the women from 7th to 5th. Throughout the year, the Raiders broke numerous pool records, 9 within their own facility and 6 others while visiting their opponents. After their season, the teams combined for 13 USA Winter National standards, 2 US Open standards, 12 new school records, 11 NCAA qualifying standards, 1 Horizon League record (Mitch Stover 200 IM), and 2 Horizon League Champions (Stover 200 IM and Emily Hayhow 100 Fly). The men’s team received additional recognition as Stover was named the Horizon League new comer of the year.

The 14-15 regular season also saw the men’s team achieve their first national ranking when they were listed as high as 33rd in the country by CollegeSwimming.com. Additionally, the women’s program was voted on to the top 25 most improved list by CollegeSwimming.com as the program was picked 10th overall.

The 15-16 and 16-17 seasons have seen the teams continue their progression of improvement. Both teams achieved their highest placings under Oaks in the 2016 championships as the men finished 12 points out from 2nd place and the women moved into a 3rd place finish. Oaks was named the Horizon League women’s coach of the year for the impressive 2016 women’s campaign. Diving coach, Ryan Rouguex, continued the trend during the 2017 championship as he was named the Horizon League women’s diving coach of the year. Furthermore, between the last two seasons the teams made massive jumps in Horizon League titles as they secured 10 individual victories and established 4 Horizon League records.

With Oaks at the helm the Raiders have achieved 53 USA Winter National standards, 4 US Open standards, 2 Olympic Trial qualifiers, 35 school records, 12 individual Horizon League titles, 5 League records, and 26 NCAA qualifying standards. In addition, Stover was named the new comer of the League in 2015, Mitch Paul was named the Wright State scholar athlete of the year in 2016, Oaks’ staff has achieved 2 coach of the year awards (’16 and ’17), and the two teams have had 3 individual honorable mention academic All-Americans (Emily Hayhow, Clement Quilliec, and Samantha TenEyck) while both programs have consistently qualified as academic All-American teams.

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.

A Franklin, Indiana, native, Oaks earned a bachelor's degree 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 his master’s in business administration through Wright State University.

Oaks lives with his wife, Adrienne, and daughter, Evelyn, in Vandalia, Ohio.