STARKVILLE, Miss. - Oklahoma City University's coaching staff has been selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NAIA national coaching staff of the year.
Head coach Phil McSpadden, assistant coach Bobbi Bridges, strength coach Guy Cook and pitching coach Harold Copas guided the Stars to a 47-20 record and an NAIA national softball runner-up finish.
The OCU coaches also were the NFCA NAIA Southwest Region coaching staff of the year for the third time in four years.
McSpadden and his assistants have now been honored as the national coaching staff of the year four times. McSpadden, an NAIA and OCU Athletics Hall of Famer, has directed OCU to 13 national championship game appearances, including eight national titles - both the most in the NAIA.
The Stars earned their way into this year's national tournament by winning the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament title for the fifth consecutive year and 16th time overall. OCU lost to Shorter (Ga.) 1-0 in nine innings in the championship game.
McSpadden has a 1,317-327 record through 25 years at OCU. OCU has made more appearances (26) in the NAIA softball championships than any other school.