Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University Athletics
7715 S. Joplin Avenue Tulsa, OK 74136
Division 1 Oklahoma South
Private Small National competitor

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Roger Bush

After four seasons as an assistant coach, Roger Bush was named the head coach prior to the 2013 season.


The ORU women finished his second season at the helm in 2014 with a 4-10-3 overall record, and a 3-5-0 Summit League mark, highlighted by a shutout of Baylor. ORU finished the season with a top-50 strength of schedule, including four contests versus power conference schools, and a total of seven opponents finished the season regionally ranked. Three Golden Eagles received postseason honors under Bush, including Maria Stordahl who was named First Team All-Summit League, Lexi Jones was named to the league's All-Newcomer Team and Kaily Cox was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team.


In the first season with Bush at the helm, the Golden Eagles went 15-4-1, a new school record for victories, and finished second in the Southland Conference with a 10-2 mark.


Under his direction, Jennifer Abernathy and Kaily Cox each were named to National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Central Regional teams. Abernathy was also named the Southland Conference Student Athlete of the Year, while Cox was honored as the Southland Newcomer of the Year. Six Golden Eagles were named to All-Southland teams, including Abernathy and Cox on the first team, and Jordan Parsons, Megan Giles, Kayla Keller and Maddie Rhodes on the second team.


Before coming to ORU as an assistant, Bush was a head coach for seven years at Charles Page High School.


As head coach at Charles Page, Bush took over for a team that hadn’t won a game in three seasons, and posted six consecutive years of improvement, becoming a perennial play-off contender. Under Bush’s tutelage, 10 players earned all-state recognition. Bush was named the 6A District Coach of the Year in 2003 after earning a spot in the playoffs for only the fourth time in school history.


In addition to leading the ORU women’s soccer team, Bush also serves as the director of coaching at the West Side Alliance Soccer Club in Tulsa, a post he has held for 17 years. As director of coaching, Bush oversees a staff of 30 professional coaches and over 50 volunteers. Since 1995 when Bush arrived, the number of teams has grown from four to 27, and approximately 75 former players have earned more than $2,000,000 in scholarship aid. Bush was named the Oklahoma Soccer Association Men’s Coach of the Year in 2001, and has led seven different teams to national rankings (top 50).


Bush earned his bachelor of science degree in biology (pre-med) from the University of Tulsa in 1996, and was the valedictorian of the Charles Page High School class of 1991. Bush has also taught A.P. biology at Charles Page High for the past 12 years.

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Wes Branstetter

After more than a decade of successful coaching for West Side Alliance Soccer Club, Wes Branstetter was named the assistant coach for the ORU women’s soccer team in 2015.


Branstetter grew up in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where he was a three year soccer and cross country athlete for Sapulpa High School. While there, he earned all-conference honors as well as being part of the Oklahoma Olympic Development program. He went on to play soccer collegiately for Anderson College.


He attended the University of Tulsa where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006 and a master’s in business administration in 2008. He has had a successful career in the petroleum industry for the past seven years.


Branstetter began his coaching career in 2003 as the assistant coach of the WSA 92 Boys. Since that time he has been the head coach of multiple teams including the WSA 99 Girls, WSA 96 Boys, WSA 97 Boys Red, WSA 00 Boys Red and WSA 00 Boys Blue. He is currently the head coach of WSA 97 Boys Red, a team he has coached since 2006. They have had great success including being a State Cup Finalist and having 12 players commit to playing college soccer in fall 2015. Wes also currently coaches both WSA 00 Boys Red and Blue teams.


In addition to coaching, Branstetter is the Assistant Director of Coaching in charge of development for West Side Alliance Soccer Club. He also manages Westbank Soccer Complex, a 40 acre facility in west Tulsa.


Branstetter currently resides in Jenks, Oklahoma and looks forward to marrying his fiancé Jenny Schultz in summer 2015.

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Preston Wiruth

In 2017, Coach Wiruth completed his third season as Assistant Coach to the Women’s Soccer team after joining the Golden Eagles in 2014. In 2015, Wiruth’s position was expanded to include the role of Director of Recruiting as well as Assistant Coach.


During his time at ORU, Wiruth has helped propel the Women’s Soccer program ever closer towards its objectives. Accomplishments in this three year span include program progressively better finishes in The Summit League and The Summit League Conference Tournament, as well as impressive results from nationally ranked non-conference schedules.


In 2015 the Golden Eagles booked their ticked to the semifinals of The Summit League conference tournament by finishing second in the league standings. Along the way, the Golden Eagles completed their first away sweep of rival Indiana based schools as part of a five game conference win streak.


In 2016, Wiruth helped the Golden Eagles towards their first ever appearance in the final game of the reformatted Summit League Conference Tournament. The 2016 season ended only when the Golden Eagles fell short in penalty kicks to decide the final.


During his time at ORU, Wiruth has helped develop a number of standouts on the soccer field and in the classroom. These include a two-time Cosida Academic All American, The Summit League Offensive Player of the Year, and numerous recipients of All Conference and All-Tournament awards.


A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wiruth has coached at the club level for Norman Youth Soccer Association, Blitz United and West Side Alliance Soccer Club. Wiruth is a 2007 graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University Law School.

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