Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013
 OU Softball Tradition | Awards & Honors OU Softball Main 
 Individual Awards & Honors
 USA Player of the Year Honors  2
 All-America Honors  47
 All-Region Honors  110
 WCWS Most Outstanding Player  2
 WCWS All-Tournament Honors  18
 All-Regional Tournament Team  22
 Regional Coaching Staff of the Year  5
 NCAA Coaching Staff of the Year  1
 Academic All-Big 12 Honors  106
 Academic All-America Honors  8
 Academic All-American of the Year  1
 Academic All-District Honors  17
 All-Big 12 First Team Honors  82
 All-Big 12 Defensive Team Honors  11
 Big 12 Player of the Year Honors  10
 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Honors  3
 Big 12 Def. Player of the Year Honors  4
 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year  1
 Big 12 Freshman of the Year  4
 Big 12 Player of the Week  69
 Big 12 Pitcher of the Week  53
With team accomplishments comes individual recognition. That adage has held true with the Oklahoma softball program, which has raked in just about every honor out there.

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 eight times - 1996, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Gasso and her staff were named Speedline/NFCA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2000 and 2013 after claiming the schools' two national championships.

The OU coaching staff has also garnered the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year award on five occasions - 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2012 and 2013.

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 27 players earning 47 All-American honors. At the regional level 55 players have landed on the all-region team 110 times. Among the Big 12 ranks, 42 student-athletes have notched 82 first-team conference awards.

Add in 10 Big 12 Players of the Year, three Pitchers of the Year, four Freshman of the Year, one Newcomer of the Year, four Defensive Player of the Year, 69 Players of the Week and 53 Pitchers of the Week 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.

Eight student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans, while 17 have earned Academic All-District recognition. A total of 36 were named Academic All-Big Eight and 106 have earned Academic All-Big 12 acclaim.




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