Softball coach enters her 18th year at Oklahoma with six WCWS appearances.
Dec. 3, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma softball head coach Patty Gasso was named as one of three members of the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame class late Friday night at the NFCA Convention in Las Vegas. Gasso, along with North Carolina’s Donna Papa and former Palomar head coach Mark Eldridge, will be inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame at the 2012 NFCA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Gasso, the longest tenured active Oklahoma coach, enters her 18th season in Norman having taken each of her 17 previous teams to NCAA appearances. Gasso’s squads have advanced to the Women’s College World Series six times, including in 2011, and won the program’s first ever WCWS title in 2000.
Gasso has a career record of 979-328-2 with a record of 813-269-2 at OU after five successful years at Long Beach City College. Gasso’s teams have won 74 percent of their Big 12 games along with four regular season Big 12 crowns and four Big 12 Championship wins. Her teams have finished second or higher 12 different times since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996 as she has won more Big 12 games (221-76) than any coach in the league’s history and has twice as many wins as any other coach in OU history.
Numerous Sooner players have prospered under Gasso’s tutelage and garnered national, regional and conference recognition. She has directed 38 All-Americans, 84 All-Region honorees and 113 all-conference selections.
The OU softball success under Gasso has also spilled over into the classroom where the Sooners have been honored with 81 academic all-conference honors. Six of those have gone on to become Academic All-Americans, including Lana Moran, the 2000 Academic All-American of the Year.
Gasso and her staff have consistently been recognized for their efforts on and off the field. The staff was awarded three consecutive Speedline/NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year awards from 1999-2001 and received the national honor in 2000. Gasso and staff have claimed the Midwest honor in five of their 15 seasons with the most recent award coming in 2004. In addition, Gasso has been named the Big 12 and Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1996, 1999 and 2000. She was named the 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year.