CHICKASHA – Former Florida State University pitching ace and Tuttle High School graduate Jenn White-Cody was tabbed last week to lead the University of Science and Arts’ softball team.
White-Cody comes to USAO after most recently spending two seasons as the pitching coach at the University of North Texas and five seasons with the University of Minnesota. She began her coaching career as the head coach at McClay High School before moving to her first collegiate job as the pitching coach at Florida A&M University.
“I love it. I couldn’t ask for anything better right now,” White-Cody said about becoming USAO’s newest coach. “The opportunity to coach just right down the road is unbelievable. So I’m loving it.”
In her first year at UNT, the team set program records in wins (27) and posted its best finish at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Under her guidance, the pitching staff set records in team ERA (3.53), opponent batting average (.264) and strikeouts (264).
“We are excited to able to bring in a coach the caliber of Jenn,” said Terry Winn, Vice President for Administration and Student Services. “The years of experience she has in Division-I both playing and coaching will give us an opportunity to move to the next level as a softball program.”
“USAO has had its good years and some up and down years,” White-Cody said. “But it’s a place where people want to go.”
White-Cody pitched four seasons at FSU from 1998-2001 helping the Seminoles to a 200-85-1 record overall. As a senior, she posted a 19-6 record with a 0.63 ERA and nine shutouts. She held opponents to a .164 batting average while striking out 114 batters.
A strong hitter as well, White-Cody was an all-region selection as a freshman and senior. Over the course of her career, she was named the NFCA Outstanding Player, the ACC Pitcher of the Week twice, ACC Player of the Week twice, SASA Pitcher of the Week twice and SASA Player of the Week once.
She finished her career at FSU on a high note. She hit .320 and had a 0.63 ERA her senior season. During that 2001 season, she helped lead FSU to a No. 15 ranking and was named the team’s MVP for her performance in the circle and at the plate. In her final 12 appearances in the circle, Cody went 9-0 with a 0.22 ERA with six shutouts.
As part of the FSU pitching staff, Cody combined with two other pitchers for the lowest ERA in Division-I softball during the 2001 season, as they earned the NCAA ERA title for the first time in school history. The staff posted a 0.71 team ERA on the year, which was .06 better than the mark set by the national champion Arizona Wildcats.
White-Cody compiled a 74-39 (.655) overall pitching record during her collegiate career. She was selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Team, which honors the greatest athletes to ever compete in the ACC.
A 2002 graduate of FSU, White-Cody earned a bachelor’s degree in social science education after being an All-American at Tuttle High School.
White-Cody replaces Taralee Pringle, who is now the head coach at Madill High School. The 2009 Drovers finished the season 23-24 overall with the second-best team batting average in school history (.310). The 2009 team also ranks first with 31 home runs, fourth in runs scored, fifth in doubles and RBIs.