Bringing a wealth of executive experience in corporate, sports and family-owned businesses, Guy Austin joined the OU women's basketball program as Director of Operations in July 2006.
The Seminole, Okla., native left his job as Director of Sales and Marketing with Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Center and Cox Business Services Convention Center to pursue the new venture with OU.
The position is not a major change of scenery for Austin, who has worked daily with sports and entertainment entities since 2000. Austin was part of the management group that hosted the NBA's New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, minor league hockey's OKC Blazers and the Arena2 Football League's OKC Yard Dawgz. This is in addition to numerous live concerts and shows from a variety of prominent artists.
Austin manages the team's finances, plans official visits for potential student-athletes and coordinate the summer basketball camps. He also oversees the OU Fast Break Club, Guest Coach, Coaches' Clinic and Sooner Big Sis programs, in addition to assisting in the numerous marketing aspects for the Sherri Coale-led team.
While with the Ford and Cox Centers, Austin was responsible for the oversight and implementation of marketing and sales strategies. He managed a team of five full-time employees in the execution of premium seating sales, corporate partnerships and event awareness. In addition to being responsible for customer satisfaction and community relationships, he also worked closely with the upper level management team in event operations and problem solving.
Prior to his position as Director of Sales and Marketing, he also served as Sales Manager for the OKC arenas and Director of Special Events for Express Sports.
Before joining the corporate sector, Austin was the owner and operator of Austin Land and Cattle, L.L.C. Austin oversaw the 1,600 acre ranch and 1, 000 head purebred cattle operation in his hometown of Seminole. He also handled all sales, advertising and marketing.
Austin's last name is very familiar to Sooner fans. His grandfather's name appears on the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course. Additionally, Jimmie Austin has endowed a women's basketball scholarship in honor of his late wife, Marie. Uncle, Paul, was also an OU regent.
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013