This week, Southern Nazarene University announced the hiring of Derek Dorris as head coach for women’s basketball.
Dorris becomes the 10th coach in the program’s history, which has won seven NAIA national championships. He takes over for Lori Carter, who spent the last nine years at SNU and left as the school’s all-time wins leader at 219.
“We are excited that Derek and his family are joining the SNU family,” said SNU’s Director of Athletics Bobby Martin. “He will be a great addition the athletics department and will provide great leadership for our women’s basketball program."
The Southern Nazarene alumnus will come back to SNU after spending the last two seasons at Southmoore (Moore, Oklahoma) High School, where he was named the 2011-2012 Mid-State Conference Coach of the Year. He led the Sabercats to their area tournament last season.
He began his high school coaching career at Fairview (Oklahoma) High School, where he coached one season before moving to Bethany (Oklahoma) High School. At Bethany, he was a five-time Canadian Valley Conference Coach of the Year and the 2008 Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-State Coach. He led the Lady Broncos to six district titles, two regional titles, and five area tournaments over nine seasons.
Dorris has amassed a 152-73 career record as a head coach at the high school level.
“First, I am very humble and grateful to [SNU President] Dr. (Loren) Gresham and [Athletic Director] Bobby Martin for the opportunity to join the faculty at Southern Nazarene,” Dorris said. “Becoming part of SNU's rich heritage of women's basketball is truly a dream come true. I am looking forward to the great privilege of developing student-athletes academically, spiritually, and athletically.”
Southern Nazarene will begin play in the Great American Conference for the 2012-2013 season as the Crimson Storm transitions from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
--Southern Nazarene University Athletics