Head Coach Kyle Tolin
In three short years, Kyle Tolin has guided the turnaround of the UAM Men’s Basketball program that started from the bottom of the Great American Conference standings all the way to the top, culminating with a shared conference championship in 2017. It was the first overall conference championship in UAM men’s basketball history since 1956.
In a record-breaking 2016-17 season, Tolin and the Weevils finished the year with a 23-7 overall record and a 17-5 mark in GAC games. It was the second most wins in a single-season for the Weevils, the highest winning percentage in school history and the most conference wins for a single season in school history.
Tolin’s Weevils qualified for the NCAA tournament after a runner-up finish at the 2017 GAC Championship Tournament in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It was the first GAC finals appearance in school history and just the second NCAA tournament appearance since joining Division II in 1995.
Tolin earned GAC Coach of the Year honors in 2017 after directing the best turnaround in school history, going from eight wins in 2015-16 to 23 in 2016-17. He was rewarded for his efforts by UAM Chancellor Dr. Karla Hughes and Athletics Director John Harvey with a multi-year contract inked in June of 2017, just the second deal of its kind in the history of the department.
No stranger to success, Tolin took the reins of the UAM program in 2014 after helping Oklahoma Baptist reach 14 straight NAIA national tournaments during his 10 years as an assistant coach and four years as a student-athlete. The 2010 Bison team won the NAIA national championship, while the 2002 and 2012 teams finished as national runners-up. During that 14-year span, the team’s record in the national tournament was 30-12. The 2010 national championship team finished with an overall record of 34-2.
Also during his coaching career, Tolin helped OBU obtain the highest winning percentage of any four-year university in Oklahoma. The Bison pulled off three straight Sooner Athletic Conference championships from 2010-2012.
Tolin has coached and recruited two NAIA national players of the year, three Sooner Athletic Conference players of the year, six SAC defensive players of the year, one GAC newcomer of the year, 10 All-America honorees, 25 all-conference selections and two academic All-America honorees.
As a student-athlete at Oklahoma Baptist, Tolin scored over 1,000 points during his four-year career and was a two-time All-SAC honorable mention. He played in every game during his career, and in addition to his scoring, averaged 4.3 assists per game overall. He was named OBU’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 2004.
Tolin’s father, Doug, was the head coach at Oklahoma Baptist from 2000-15. Doug Tolin, who joined the UAM staff as an assistant coach starting in the 2015-16 season, is a member of the Oklahoma Baptist Athletic Hall of Fame, the East Central Athletic Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Basketball Association Hall of Fame and the Norman High School Hall of Fame with over 700 wins to his credit.
Kyle Tolin graduated from Oklahoma Baptist in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in history education, and later obtained a master’s degree in sports administration from East Central University in 2006. He is married to the former Lisa Hansen. Kyle and Lisa live in Monticello with their two children, Macy (8) and Luke (5).
Assistant Coach Kris Johnson
Johnson enters his first year with UAM after spending seven years with the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Kris was last appointed as the Interim Head Coach of SWOSU during the 2017-18 season as well.
Prior to taking over head coaching responsibilities, he served as the main assistant at Southwestern from 2013 through 2017. Johnson was also a graduate assistant for the men's basketball program at SWOSU from 2011 to 2013 as well.
In four seasons as a full-time assistant at SWOSU, Johnson has helped guide the Bulldogs to three winning seasons, with at least 16 victories each year. SWOSU finished 17-12 in 2015-16, finishing fourth in the Great American Conference standings before being eliminated from the GAC Tournament in the quarterfinals.
During his five years at SWOSU, Johnson has coached eight players who have earned all-conference honors, including one conference player of the year and two defensive players of the year. The Bulldogs have also had two players named to the GAC All-Tournament Team and 12 earn GAC All-Academic distinction. He also help guide the 2014-15 and 2017-18 teams to the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.
He helped anchor a Southwestern team that finished the 2014-15 season by reaching the semifinals of the GAC Tournament after knocking off regular season GAC Champion Ouachita Baptist in the opening round.
In his first season as a full-time assistant at SWOSU, Johnson helped lead the program to a finish of 17-10 overall with a 14-6 record in conference action that earned a second place in the Great American Conference.
Johnson spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs, helping the team earn two GAC Tournament appearances, including a spot in the inaugural championship game in 2012. He also spent two years as the graduate assistant at his alma mater, Northwestern Oklahoma State, where he helped guide the Rangers to a 20-win season in 2011.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Johnson played in two NAIA National Tournaments for Northwestern. After a four-year playing career and playing in 109 games, he helped lead his 2006-2007 team to an Elite Eight finish, finishing his playing career with a record of 77-49, including two 20 win seasons. Johnson also earned a prestigious distinction by being selected as the 2009 NAIA Champions of Character award winner.
Additionally, he served as Northwestern's Student Government President during the 2008-09 school year and worked as the Sports Information assistant for two seasons. Prior to attending Northwestern, Coach Johnson attended Ruskin High School, where he was a recipient of the 2004 NAIA Champions of Character Award and an all-conference performer.
Johnson holds two degrees from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications in May of 2009 and a master's degree in Adult Education Management and Administration in May of 2011.