TC278: Ryan Folmar, Oral Roberts University

This Pennsylvania boy has found a home in Oklahoma. First as a player and staff member (and color guy on the radio!) at Oklahoma State, and for the last 15 seasons at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Ryan Folmar comes from a coaching family, having learned some important lessons playing football for his father in high school — lessons that are still applied today.

In this episode, Coach Folmar talks about his playing days at Oklahoma State, what he learned from doing radio work on the Oklahoma State baseball games, playing in the Colorado Rockies organization, getting his foot in the coaching door at his alma mater, making a healthy separation between work and family, lessons he learned from the transition from assistant coach to head coach, delegation, leadership, advice for aspiring coaches, the luxury of having two long time assistant coaches, the facilities at Oral Roberts, and the travel and weather factors of playing in the Summit League.

Notable quotes:

  • “Leadership skills can be taught. They need to be taught.”
  • “You have to recruit to whatever your culture is.”
  • “Your team will determine your identity.”
  • “Your identity is not wrapped up in the sport you coach.”
  • “The more things you can expose your players to the better they understand the point you’re trying to get across.”
  • “It’s a culture thing.”
  • “This is a player led business.”

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photo credit: Oral Roberts University Athletic Communications
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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