The Oklahoma Sooners softball team has been a powerhouse in the sport since their inception in 1996. The Sooners have won five national championships and have been to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) a record 16 times. They have also had numerous All-Americans, Big 12 Player of the Year awards, and have been consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally. This article will explore the history of this incredible dynasty and how they have become one of the most successful programs in college softball.
Early Years (1996-2002)
The Oklahoma Sooners softball program began in 1996 with Patty Gasso as head coach. Gasso had previously been an assistant coach at Arizona State University, where she helped lead them to three national championships. She brought her winning mentality to Oklahoma and immediately made an impact, leading the Sooners to their first WCWS appearance in 1998. The following year, they won their first Big 12 Championship and made it back to the WCWS.
The Rise of a Dynasty (2003-2010)
In 2003, the Sooners began their rise to becoming one of college softball’s most successful programs. They won their first national championship that year and followed it up with two more titles in 2005 and 2006. During this time, they also won four Big 12 Championships and made seven consecutive appearances in the WCWS. The Sooners were led by All-Americans such as Keilani Ricketts, Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley, and Jessica Shults during this period of dominance.
Continued Success (2011-Present)
Since 2011, the Sooners have continued to be one of college softball’s elite programs. They have won two more national championships (2013 & 2016), four Big 12 Championships, and made six more appearances at the WCWS. In addition to these accomplishments, they have had numerous All-Americans including Paige Parker, Sydney Romero, Nicole Mendes, and Shay Knighten. The Sooners are currently coached by Patty Gasso who is entering her 25th season with the program in 2021.
The Oklahoma Sooners softball program is one of college softball’s most successful dynasties ever. From their early years under Patty Gasso to their continued success today, they have consistently been one of the top teams in college softball for over two decades now. Their five national championships and 16 WCWS appearances are a testament to their greatness and will continue to be remembered for years to come.
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