Oklahoma Remembers Skip Pickens

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JULY 10, 2012
  Skip Pickens
 Skip Pickens (1961-2012)
 Hometown  Beaverton, Ore.
 Family  wife, Becky
 sons, Isaiah and Aiden
 B.A., Physical Education, Oregon State, 1986
 M.S., Exercise Physiology, Oregon, 1988
 Coaching History
 2008-12, Oklahoma Assistant (women's distance)
 2005-08, Oklahoma Director of Operations
 2002-05, Oregon Director of Operations
 2001, Oregon Volunteer Distance Coach
 Coaching Accomplishments
 Cross Country 
 2011 team finished 6th at Big 12s, best since '07
 Track & Field 
 14 athletes on OU top-10 indoor performance list
 11 athletes on OU top-10 outdoor performance list
 Jessica Engel - 2011 Big 12 10,000 meters champion  and 2nd Team All-American, All-Big 12 cross country  and NCAA qualifier
 Kelly Waters - 2008 NCAA cross country qualifier
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department lost a member of its family this past weekend as Donald "Skip" Pickens passed away.
Pickens dedicated the last seven years to the University of Oklahoma track and field program and recently completed his third season as an assistant coach, overseeing the women's distance program.
He joined the Sooner staff in July 2005 as the program's director of operations, overseeing administrative duties, student-athlete relations, event planning and travel after joining OU from the University of Oregon.
In 1998, Pickens earned a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Oregon, with a graduate thesis on endurance training and its effect on calcium uptake in skeletal muscle.
He received his bachelor's degree from Oregon State University in physical education in 1986 and served as a teaching assistant in the respiratory dynamics lab in addition to authoring various articles on training.
Pickens is survived by his wife, Becky, and two sons, Isaiah and Aiden.
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