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Start with the coaching staff. OU head coach Patty Gasso, the architect of the Sooners' move to the top of the softball world, has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year 10 times - 1996, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Gasso and her staff were named Speedline/NFCA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2000, 2013 and 2016 after claiming the schools' three national championships.
The OU coaching staff has also garnered the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year award on nine occasions - 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Since the start of Big 12 play, OU players have accumulated more honors than any other conference member.
The list starts with All-Americans, of which OU has 29 players earning 53 All-American honors. At the regional level 61 players have landed on the all-region team 125 times. Among the Big 12 ranks, 45 student-athletes have notched 89 first-team conference awards.
Add in 12 Big 12 Players of the Year, five Pitchers of the Year, six Freshman of the Year, one Newcomer of the Year, six Defensive Player of the Year, 138 Player or Pitcher of the Week honors and the list becomes overbearing.
The softball program has always produced well-rounded athletes and the academic honors don't take a backseat. In 2000, Lana Moran became the first Sooner in any sport to garner the Academic All-American of the Year.
Ten student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans, while 18 have earned Academic All-District recognition. A total of 36 were named Academic All-Big Eight and 112 have earned Academic All-Big 12 acclaim.