Tripp MacKay
Assistant Coach
 
 
 

Softball Coaching Staff

Tripp MacKay is in his eighth season as an assistant on the Oklahoma softball staff where he is responsible for working with OU's outfielders and the Sooner offense. The Sooners have reached the postseason in all seven of MacKay’s years on staff, including winning the 2013 National Championship. Along the way, the team has captured four Big 12 regular season titles (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014) and two conference tournament championships (2007 and 2010).

Following the Sooners’ national title in 2013, MacKay and the OU coaches were named the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year. He has also been a part of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

For the second year in a row the Sooners led the Big 12 in home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in 2014. The team averaged 7.03 runs per game to rank third in the country, while OU's rate of 1.41 homers per game sat fourth in the country, its .432 OBP was good for fifth and the .546 slugging mark put them sixth.

Juniors Shelby Pendley (first team) and Lauren Chamberlain (third team) were both named All-Americans in 2014, while MacKay helped coach seven All-Region honorees and five all-conference selections.

The 2013 squad boasted one of the best offenses the nation has ever seen. The Sooners led the country in runs scored per game (7.8) and slugging percentage (.582), while also ranking in the top 10 of batting average (.333), home runs per game (1.54), and doubles per game (1.57). The team also set the NCAA single-season record for walks drawn with 348, shattering the old mark of 301. In addition, OU established Big 12 records for runs scored (476), runs batted in (444), slugging percentage (.582) and on-base percentage (.461).

Individually, Keilani Ricketts was named the USA Softball Player of the Year for the second year in a row and took home first-team All-America honors with Lauren Chamberlain, while Shelby Pendley and Brianna Turang garnered second-team accolades. Ricketts, Chamberlain and Turang each took home first-team All-Region honors, while Pendley and Destinee Martinez were placed on the second team.

Within the Big 12, Pendley was recognized as the Big 12 Player of the Year in her first season as a Sooner, while she was joined by Chamberlain, Martinez, Ricketts and Turang as All-Big 12 first-team honorees. Georgia Casey made the second team.

The individual accomplishments earned by the Sooners were many. Chamberlain continued her assault on the record books as she led the country in home runs, home runs per game, runs per game, total bases, and slugging percentage, while finishing second in on-base percentage and RBI/game. With her 30 home runs, she became just the second player in NCAA history to have multiple seasons with at least 30 home runs.

Chamberlain set Big 12 records for runs scored in a season (87), RBI (84), total bases (187), slugging percentage (1.113), on-base percentage (.613) and tied her own home run record (30). She also established new OU single-season marks in batting average (.458), extra-base hits (48) and walks drawn (63).

The 2013 season also saw Jessica Shults finish her OU career as the Big 12’s all-time home runs leader with 61 and extra-base hits leader with 101. Ricketts set the school record for career walks drawn at 170.

His fifth season saw the team return to the Women’s College World Series for the seventh time in program history. As a team, OU established new conference and school bests for slugging percentage and home runs in 2012.

Shults and Chamberlain were each named first-team All-Americans and All-Big 12 First Team honorees. Chamberlain was also named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year as she smashed the school and conference record for home runs in a season and broke the school record for season slugging percentage.

In addition, Martinez was tabbed to the 2012 All-Big 12 Second Team, while five players were named Big 12 Player of the Week during the year.

The 2011 squad reached to the Women's College World Series as OU put together 29 runs in its five postseason victories. Jessica Shults ranked eighth nationally in home runs per game en route to a second team All-America honor. The Sooners finished the year ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring, home runs per game and slugging percentage.

 
 The MacKay File
 Hometown  Mt. Pleasant, Texas
 High School  Mt. Pleasant
 College  Oklahoma State, 2000
 Family  wife, Holly
 daughter, Ali
 sons, Jack and Brooks

 Coaching History
 2007-present, Oklahoma Assistant Coach (2012, 2013 and 2014 NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year and 2013 National Coaching Staff of the Year)
 2001-07, Private Hitting Instructor
 1999-2000, Blinn College Assistant Coach
 1998, Palm Beach C.C. Volunteer Assistant Coach
 1997, Northeast C.C. Volunteer Assistant Coach

 Playing History
 1999-2000, Sioux City Explorers (Northern League)
 1998-99, Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League)
 1997, Cape Fear Crocs
 1996, Vermont Expos
 1995-96, Oklahoma State University
 1993-94, University of Florida

 Playing Accomplishments
 Two-time All-American (1995, 96)
 Member of 1996 College World Series team

The 2010 season saw OU finish the year 47-12 overall and 13-3 in Big 12 play. OU won the final Big 12 Championship and finished second in the regular season. Amber Flores, Shults and Ricketts were named NFCA second team All-America. Flores finished her career as the Big 12 career leader in home runs and sat atop OU career categories in home runs, extra-base hits, walks drawn, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

The 2009 team wrapped up the year 41-16 overall and 14-4 in Big 12 play. The Sooners won their fourth Big 12 regular season title and hosted an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive year. Flores was named Big 12 Player of the Year and a first team All-American and senior Samantha Ricketts was named to the second team. Flores, Ricketts and junior Lindsey Vandever were named to the first team All-Central Region by the organization. Flores was also a top 10 finalist for USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year.
 
In 2008, MacKay's first season at OU, the Sooners advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals and finished second in the Big 12 with an overall record of 47-14 and 16-2 in league play. Five players were named first team All-Big 12, while four Sooners earned All-Midwest Region first team honors with another on the second team.
 
MacKay is a familiar name in the state of Oklahoma as he began his collegiate career at the University of Florida and played his final two seasons at Oklahoma State. He was a two-time All-American and a member of the 1996 College World Series team at Oklahoma State. MacKay graduated with a degree in physical education from OSU in 2000.

The second baseman moved on to the professional ranks after being drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 1996 draft. MacKay played for the Vermont Expos and the Cape Fear Crocs in the Montreal Expos organization from 1996-97 and finished his professional play in the Northern League with the Winnipeg Goldeyes (1998-99) and Sioux City Explorers (1999-00). 
 
MacKay began his coaching career with valuable experience at the collegiate level as an assistant coach. He made stops at Blinn College, Palm Beach Community College and Northeast Texas Community College from 1997-2000.
 
He spent seven years as a private hitting instructor in Dallas and, in 2004, became a partner of the Dallas Performance Edge Training Center. MacKay was instrumental in all aspects of the softball side of the academy including pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, base running and position specific skills. 
 
While serving as an instructor at Performance Edge, MacKay found time to broaden his coaching credentials. The Columbus, Miss., native served as a hitting instructor at Mike Candrea's University of Arizona Summer and Holiday Camps. Prior to his stint at Dallas Performance Edge, MacKay served as a hitting instructor at the Dallas Baseball Academy of Texas from 2000-04.
 
MacKay grew up in a baseball family. His father, Jack, was a bat designer for Louisville Slugger from 1990-1997.
 
MacKay is married to the former Holly Cooper and the couple has three children, Ali, Jack and Brooks.