Softball Coach Phil McSpadden collected his 1,600th career victory after a doubleheader sweep of USAO on Tuesday.
McSpadden is now in his 30th year at OCU and just moved his career win-loss record to 1,600-367. Oklahoma City, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, improved to 55-1, 26-0 in Sooner Athletic Conference play in a top-25 showdown.
McSpadden already holds a spot in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the OCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
He has led the Stars to national titles in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, and 2016.
McSpadden was named NAIA softball coach of the year for the ninth time last year.
McSpadden became the first softball coach to garner 1,600 wins against four-year schools. In college softball, only one other coach can claim more victories than McSpadden.
“I’m a lucky guy,” McSpadden said. “I work at a university that has always cared about athletics and academics. When I’m out recruiting [OCU] is such an easy sell. Our success over the years is a tribute to the fact that I can sell what this university offers. I love these kids, and I like to believe on certain days they love me.”
The regular season’s final game is an away game against Mid-America Christian on Friday. The Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament will be May 4-6 at Ann Lacy Stadium.