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July 9, 2013

ORU women's basketball announces coaching changes

TULSA — Head Coach Misti Cussen has announced that several changes are coming to the Oral Roberts University women’s basketball coaching staff for the 2013-14 season. Former Director of Operations Kyron Stokes has been promoted to Assistant Coach, while Golden Eagle legends Janae Voelker and Jaci Bigham will join the staff as Director of Operations and Graduate Assistant Coach, respectively.

Stokes replaces ORU legend Krista Binam, who is leaving to spend more time with her two-year-old daughter, Lakyn.

Stokes, a four-year letter winner for the ORU men’s basketball team, began his coaching career last season under Cussen as Director of Operations. He was on the staff for the team’s run to the Southland Conference Championship.

"I’m excited for Kyron to have the opportunity to step into his new role for our team, and he can jump in with both feet as our staff hits the recruiting trail this summer," said Cussen. "He is a promising young coach with a terrific future ahead of him, and we are very fortunate to keep him and his wife, Brittany, here as a part of our program."

Voelker lettered at ORU from 2006-10 and is one of only four Golden Eagles to earn four all-conference selections. The Newton, Kan., native scored 1,421 points over her four-year playing career and was a key member of ORU’s conference championship teams in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Bigham graduated in May after earning three all-conference selections and scoring 1,505 points over her four seasons as a player. The McAlester native also recorded 668 career assists and ended her career by leading the Golden Eagles to the 2013 Southland Conference Championship.

"Janae and Jaci are two of the greatest players to ever wear the Golden Eagle uniform and two key pieces of the most successful era in our program’s history," said Cussen. "For them to begin their collegiate coaching careers at ORU is a huge plus for our program, and I’m proud that we can give them a start."

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