After six and a half months together, new Head Coach Jenn White-Cody and her softball team are ready to start the season.
White-Cody said her expectations of this season’s softball team are simple.
“I expect improvement. I expect every day to come out and do better,” she said. “And I expect them to work hard.”
She said her goal for the season is to finish the season somewhere in the middle of the Sooner Athletic Conference.
“And show people that we will be a force to reckon with in the future,” she said. “I’m really looking forwarding to seeing our girls’ improvement.”
Besides simply getting to know one another and adjust together, White-Cody said she is going back to the basics.
“I’m a big fundamental coach. That’s what I believe in,” she said. “I think they improved in a lot of the little details … We have little leaps here and there that they are improving on.”
She said the players to look out for this season are seniors Michelle Bauer and Ashlyn Kimberly, juniors Whitney Bellamy and Laci Weger and sophomore Jenny Findley, who is new to the team this year.
“If they do well, we’ll do well,” White-Cody said.
She is a Tuttle native, who was a hitting pitcher for Florida State University after excelling at Tuttle High School. She held a few assistant coaching positions before making her way back to Oklahoma, not far from her hometown. This is her first time as head coach.
The hardest part about it, she said, is taking care of all the little details and paperwork.
“As far as the coaching part of it, oh, I love it,” she said.
She is backed by assistant Coach Ken Richardson, who was a volunteer assistant for USAO softball for three years, and graduate assistant Laurissa Eliason.
Richardson said his favorite part about helping coach the Drovers is watching the student-athletes improve in softball and at the same time succeed in school.
Eliason is a natural science senior at USAO. She played for USAO and decided to stay with the team after her eligibility expired.
The softball team opens up the season this weekend at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas. They will start conference play during their first home on Tuesday. The first pitch of the double header against Mid-America Christian University is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Smith Ballpark.
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