|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Jennifer Rocha was hired as the program’s associate head coach and pitching coach on July 18, 2018, and recently concluded her first season with her alma mater.
Once a student-athlete (1996-98) and graduate assistant (1999-2001) for the Sooners, the former Jennifer Jaime led one of the most successful pitching staffs in the country in 2019.
Under Rocha, the Sooners led the nation in ERA (1.40), shutouts (28) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.50). Individually, all three of OU's primary pitchers ranked in the top 20 nationally in ERA, hits allowed per seven innings pitched, strikeout-to-walk ratio and strikeouts per seven innings pitched.
Giselle Juarez was named the 2019 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, and she was joined by Shannon Saile on the All-Big 12 Teams. Juarez and Mariah Lopez each earned NFCA First-Team All-Central Region honors, and Juarez went on to become an NFCA First-Team All-American.
Rocha returned to Oklahoma after most recently spending 13 years at Florida, where she began in 2006 as an assistant coach and was elevated to associate head coach after the 2017 season. During her tenure, the Gators won two NCAA titles (2014, 2015) and made nine Women’s College World Series appearances (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018). Additionally, Florida claimed seven SEC regular season titles (2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and four SEC Tournament tiles (2008, 2009, 2013, 2018) with Rocha on staff.
Leading the Gators’ pitching staff, Rocha has coached seven All-Americans. Florida has led the nation in combined ERA in four of the last 10 seasons.
In 2015, Rocha was named NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year. She was part of five NFCA Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year selections and the 2015 NFCA DI National Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to her time at Florida, Rocha was an assistant coach at Wichita State University from 2003-05. She was an assistant at Oregon for one year before joining the Shockers.
Beginning her playing career at Long Beach City College in 1995, Rocha transferred to Oklahoma in 1996 and was a three-year letterwinner. She finished her Sooner career with a 43-17 record (.721) and a 1.46 ERA.
Rocha played professionally for the Virginia Roadsters in the Women’s Professional Softball League in 1998 before returning to Oklahoma as a graduate assistant coach from 1999-2001. Overall, Rocha was part of six straight NCAA Regional appearances with the Sooners, three Big 12 regular season crowns, two Big 12 Tournament titles, two WCWS appearances and one national championship.
Rocha earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from OU in 1999 and a Master of Arts in human relations in 2001. She married Paul Rocha in November 2006, and the couple has one daughter, Eliana.