Bison Founder and Lead Coach JC has a history with championship
swimming. In addition to serving as Lead Coach here at Bison
Aquatic Club; he has served as an Assistant Coach for the four
time NAIA National Champion OBU swim team under the mentorship of
legendary coach Dr. Sam Freas. He also leads the Deer Creek
HS swim team where his team won the HS Men's State
Championship in 2017. As a high school coach, JC was
also awarded the COAC conference's Coach of the Year award in 2019
for both his men's and women's team. He consistenly works
with some of the fastest swimmers in the area including athletes
who competed in the 2016 Olympic games and
who represent their country on the world stage each year.
JC and his wife Kara have two children (Halee and Ruthie).
JC has many years of experience working with young people in
children's ministry, as a youth pastor and as a coach. He has
previously served as the Aquatics Sub-Committee Chair for the
Edmond Y Council and holds certifications as a USA-Swimming coach
as well as a certified AAU Swimming coach.
JC's passion is researching instruction and propulsion
techniques so that he may help athletes achieve their best
athletically, personally and spiritually. Both in, and
out of the water.
Katherine J Pendergraft
Assistant Coach - Edmond
With ten years of athlete experience including being an Oklahoma All State swimmer, Katherine considers herself a self-taught sprinter with a deep love of the sport. Having swam briefly under the guidance of Dr. Sam Freas and accepted his mentorship off the pool deck; she understands the need for a holistic approach to the sport. She encourages discussion during challenges and trying solutions that may be outside the norm as she is an unconventional student herself. She believes in unlocking the abilities of individuals and inspiring them to see the best in themselves, their work, and the people in their lives. Away from the pool, she enjoys being an active part of her church by being a part of the church choir and teaching Sunday school.
Mahlik Donte Davis
Assistant Coach - Edmond
A graduate of Edmond Santa Fe HS, Mahlik first joined Bison
during high school swimmming. Mahlik attended Henderson
State University where he swam before returning home to coach for
his former club and alongside his former coach.
Mahlik’s calm, light hearted personality and
relational coaching style are noted among athletes and families.
Mahlik has poured himself into technique perfection and takes
joy in helping athletes make small adjustments to reach their next
level. Mahlik also serves as a Stroke and Techique Specialist
for the Edmond HS swim teams working with the teams from all three
schools in the district.
Xavier Alvaro Obregon
Assistant Coach - Lawton
Xavier is a student at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma
where he is seeking a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He is
currently an NCAA cross country and track & field athlete and a
student assistant coach. Furthermore, Xavier is an American Swim
Coach Association member where he is Level 3 certified. As a former
swimmer at Junction City High School in Kansas, Xavier possesses
knowledge of swimming foundations and stroke techniques. Xaviers
dedication, professionalism, and passion for sports has had a
positive impact on his team and community. He always strives to
make his swimmers better athletes by providing them with motivation
and positive attitude. He is a kind, honest, hardworking, loyal,
and trustworthy leader. Xavier is also an Eagle Scout of Fort Sill,
Troop 4173 where he helps other kids develop to be future leaders
of our country.