Since Regent joined the OSSAA in 2014-2015, Kerwin Dees has been the boys' basketball head coach, leading the Rams to one first round Area Tournament, three Area Tournament finals, and twice to the “Big House” for the State Boys Basketball Tournament. During these past six years in OSSAA play, Regent Basketball, with Coach Dees, has also advanced to the finals of 30 regular season and post season tournaments, while capturing 19 of those tournament championships.
Dees has been a high school boys basketball head coach for 34 seasons – six years at Prairie Grove High School in Arkansas (4A), 17 years at Owasso High School (6A), five years at Siloam Springs High School in Arkansas (6A), and six years at Regent (2A). He has also been a classroom teacher for 24 years and an administrator for another 20 years having served as an assistant high school principal and/or elementary school principal and athletic director at Siloam Springs, Lexington Christian Academy in Kentucky, and Regent. In his career, he has also coached cross country, track, and football. Coach Dees has been selected as the Tulsa World Metro Coach of the Year, OCA Oklahoma All State Coach, and conference Coach of the Year, while leading teams to multiple state tournament appearances.
Coach Dees’ service isn’t purely on the court, he has been an elder in his church, a youth pastor, Fellowship of Christian Athletics huddle director, and Bible study leader in his church and community. Together, Kerwin and his wife Nancy, enjoy six children and 16 grandchildren. The values that Coach Dees enjoys most are to love Jesus, the church, family, children, teaching, and great marriage. Coach Dees often says that he is thankful for the health, influence, and opportunity to coach at Regent. He considers it a great blessing to have athletes at Regent who are faithful, competitive, like-minded, skilled, and intense in their efforts to play their best as a team for one another and for the Lord.
Bob Mareburger joined the faculty and coaching staff at Regent in the summer of 2015. In addition to serving as an assistant coach for both varsity football and basketball, he teaches high school math, economics, personal finance, contemporary culture, and entrepreneurship.
Mr. Mareburger came to Regent after retiring as senior vice president of Tulsa-based ONEOK corporation. His nearly 30-year corporate career also included tenures with CITGO Petroleum and as a management consultant.
He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and an M.B.A. and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Price College. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Prior to Regent, Coach Mareburger coached youth and middle school baseball and football and was a NCAA-certified high school basketball tournament team coach.
Mareburger and his wife, Diane, have been part of the Regent community since 2001 along with their two sons who are both Regent graduates.
Through his experiences coaching and working with church-based youth groups, Mareburger discovered a passion for mentoring and encouraging young people to live lives of purpose. He describes his motivation as: “Despite being blessed to work for great companies and leaders who invested in me personally, I believed God was calling me to enter a new season of life. Shortly before making a final decision to retire and make the change, I felt this calling so strongly that I believed not doing so would be disobedient to God’s plan for my life. When it became apparent that this coincided with specific needs at Regent, I knew that it was God who was opening the door. I am now equally blessed to work with an entire Regent community that cares passionately about raising a generation of students who can fulfill the unique purpose God has given to each one.”
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10