UCO alumnus and former Central staff member, Francis Baxter, commonly referred to as ‘coach,’ died Sept. 9, 2021. He attended Central State College, now UCO, and played basketball, baseball and track. Upon graduating with a degree in mathematics, he took up tennis and devoted his life to the sport. He taught math and coached at John Marshall High School and Harding High School before joining the staff at Central State University in 1970, where he coached the men’s teams for 36 years and the women’s teams for 26 years, leading them to many victories and titles. Baxter also played competitively himself for 45 years. He was inducted into five different halls of fame: the Oklahoma High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame; the University of Central Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame; the Oklahoma District Tennis Hall of Fame; the Missouri Valley Section Tennis Hall of Fame; and, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
Faculty and Staff
Barbara Green, Ph.D.
Mark Maddy, Ed.D.
Edgar Eugene Douglas (B.A., ‘67)