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Sandifar, Dr. Mike
Athletic Director; Marketing Director; Head Men's Basketball Coach; Associate Professor of Physical Education

Department: Athletics - Main Campus
p. 812-749-1290
Office: Johnson Center
Degrees: B.S., Oklahoma Panhandle State University; M.S., Indiana University; Ed.D. Oakland City University

Coach Mike Sandifar has been part of the Oakland City University Department of Athletics since August of 1987, first as the men’s basketball coach, then as the department’s director of athletics and men’s basketball coach, then as the director of athletics, then back again as the director of athletics and men’s basketball coach.

From 1987-99, Coach Sandifar directed the men’s basketball program to 12 straight post-season tournaments, three at the NAIA level, followed by nine at the NCCAA Division I level.  His teams made seven straight NCCAA Final Eight appearances from 1992-99, and in 1999, his Mighty Oaks won the NCCAA Division I National Championship.        

Coach Sandifar stepped away from coaching from 1999-2003, assuming the responsibilities of “Assistant to the President” under then OCU President Dr. James Murray, working with Dr. Murray in the areas of fund-raising, marketing, and public relations throughout the tri-state area.  He continued in his position as OCU’s Director of Athletics during those four years, guiding the University’s 13 intercollegiate sports programs.

In 2003, Coach Sandifar returned to the sidelines as the men’s basketball coach at Oakland City University, and he immediately put the Mighty Oaks back into post-season competition, winning three more NCCAA Mid-East Region Championships in 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06, giving the Oaks 10 consecutive NCCAA Mid-East Region Titles with him at the helm.

In 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06, Coach Sandifar was named Mid-East Coach of the Year, and in 1998-99, he was selected as the NCCAA National Coach of the Year.

From 1987-99, Coach Sandifar’s teams won 236 games while losing just 127 in the 363 outings played during his 12 years as the Mighty Oak coach.

OCU put together a 19-11 campaign in 2003-04, 20-11 in 2004-05, 18-11 in 2005-06, and 17-12 in 2006-07.

In January of 2007, Coach Sandifar was elected to the Oakland City University Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Oaks were 19-13 in 2007-08.  All five starters were seniors on the 2007-08 team, and all five graduated.  With an entirely new lineup and no seniors on the roster, the 2008-09 Mighty Oaks finished 13-16.  In 2009-10, OCU finished 20-9, graduating eight seniors, including four starters.

The 2010-11 campaign saw the Oaks post a 20-12 mark, while finishing fifth at the NCCAA Division I National Tournament. Then, in 2011-12, OCU put together a 21-8 record, ending with a dramatic victory in the inaugural Christian College National Invitational Tournament.

Not to be outdone, the 2012-13 version of the Might Oaks posted a school record 24-4 record, including the first undefeated home record, going 21-0 in the Johnson Center. The season was capped off with a second consecutive CCNIT National Championship.

In 2013-14, Coach Sandifar led the Oaks to a record of 21-6, capturing a third straight CCNIT Championship. In the 2014-15 season, OCU took another CCNIT Championship title, capping off a 19-7 record.

The 2015-16 squad finished with a 21-5 mark, and a third place finish in the CCNIT, while the 2016-17 team ended with a record of 20-8, and a second place finish in the CCNIT.

Prior to coming to Oakland City University, Coach Sandifar spent six years (1981-87) as the men’s basketball coach at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where his teams posted a 93-62 mark that included a conference championship, two conference runners-up, a third place finish, and a fourth place finish in six seasons.

From 1978-81, the Winchester, Indiana, native spent three years at Averett College in Danville, Virginia, where he led the Cougars to a three-year record of 37-42.  Averett was 28-106 in the eight years prior to his arrival.

Coach Sandifar began his coaching and teaching career as a coach in Indiana during the rugged single-class era.  In his seven years at Whitewater Twp., Redkey, New Washington, and Pike Central, his teams posted a 98-49 mark.

His Mustangs’ 50-16 record at New Washington was the best three-year standard in the state of Indiana, and his 26-16 mark, including 18-3 in his second hardwood campaign, at Pike Central is still the best won/loss percentage of any coach to walk the sidelines for the Chargers.

A graduate of Panhandle State University (Goodwell, Oklahoma), where he was the smallest player (5’7”) in the tough Oklahoma Collegiate Conference, Sandifar earned his master’s degree from Indiana University and his doctorate from Oakland City University.

Coach Sandifar has won at every stop in his more than 35-year coaching career, but beyond the winning of basketball games, he is most proud of the graduation rate of his players and what they are doing with their lives after basketball.

Sandifar resides in Oakland City, with his wife, Mary.


Buchta, Patti
Senior Women's Athletics Administrator; Lecturer of Physical Education, Sports Administration, and History; Head Softball Coach; Head Volleyball Coach; Director of Basketball Operations for Men's Basketball

Department: Athletics - Main Campus
p. 812-749-1265
Office:Tichenor Athletic Building - 100
Degrees: A.S., Wabash Valley College; B.S., Oakland City University; M.A., University of Evansville

Patti Buchta, a member of the Oakland City University Department of Athletics since 1989, has served as the assistant men's basketball coach since 2003.

Buchta led the volleyball program at Oakland City University from 1989-2000, then retaking head coaching responsibilities from 2009-15. In 1997, she led the team to a Mid-East regional championship and a berth in the national tournament, where they finished fifth. The Oaks made four straight NCCAA DI National Tournament appearances for the first time in school history, finishing ninth in both 2012 and 2013, then sixth in 2014 and 2015.

In addition to volleyball, Buchta has been the head softball coach since 1992, Senior Women’s Athletic Administrator, NCAA Clearinghouse Coordinator, and Director of Transportation since 1999. She was also the assistant women’s basketball coach from 1990-2001 and head women’s golf coach from 2000-2004.

Patti is a graduate of Pike Central High School (IN, 1978), and graduated from Oakland City University (IN, 1982) with a BS in Physical Education and History and holds a Master's of Arts in Education from the University of Evansville (IN, 1987)

Breeden, Mikel
Athletic Promotions Director; Assistant Men's Basketball Coach; Head Men's Golf Coach

Department: Athletics - Main Campus
p. 812-749-1264
Office: Johnson Center
Degrees: B.S., Oakland City University
First Year: 2009