Resident Athlete Program

What is the Resident Athlete program?


The University of Central Oklahoma is home to Team USA athletes training in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Resident Athlete Program, please contact your National Governing Body for more information. Currently, UCO has a partnership with USA Para-Powerlifting, USA Volleyball, and a pending partnership with USA Taekwondo.




Benefits for Resident Athletes


As part of the program, athletes receive housing in apartments on campus, and their basic utility expenses are covered. Athletes have full access to UCO's Wellness Center for training, and arrangements for additional facilities can be made by request as needed. Additionally, in-state tuition waivers to the university are available to athletes in residence as long as they maintain their status as a full-time student and are progressively working towards earning a degree.




How do I become a Resident Athlete?


The resident athlete program is a very selective program. Athletes wishing to join the program must be identified as elite level athletes of their respective sports and have the ability to train in their sport at UCO.


Opportunities for new athletes to be recognized as elite athletes are possible. To receive additional information, please submit your information in the boxes below.




Staff & Coaches




Elliot Blake


Sitting Volleyball Coordinator 

Phone: (405) 974-3153

E-mail: jblake1@uco.edu




Coach Bill Hamiter


High Performance Director of U.S. Sitting Volleyball 

Phone: (405) 974-3138

E-mail: bhamiter@uco.edu




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