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Oklahoma Softball Camps With Coach Patty Gasso

College World Series Appearances

Meet The Coaches

The Sooners have reached the Women's College World Series six times during Coach Gasso's tenure, in the process, advanced to the postseason 6 times in 17 seasons. The WCWS run began in 2000 when her team won the NCAA National Championship in OU's first appearance.

Is she the best coach in the history of Oklahoma softball? Undoubtedly.
Is she the greatest coach in Big 12 history? The stats say she is.
Could she be one of the best coaches to ever coach college softball? Each season, she continues to build what is a very strong argument.

More staff bios and pictures coming soon.

Patty Gasso Head Coach 21st Season

Having completed her 21st season at the University of Oklahoma, NFCA Hall of Fame head coach Patty Gasso has molded the OU softball program into a national power and permanently placed herself among the elite college softball coaches in the country.

The Sooners have reached the Women’s College World Series 10 times during her tenure, and in the process, advanced to the postseason in each one of her 21 seasons. The WCWS run began in 2000 when her team won the NCAA National Championship in OU’s first appearance and continued through the 2013 campaign when the team won its second national championship, becoming just the fifth program to win multiple national titles.

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    Is she the best coach in the history of Oklahoma softball? Undoubtedly.

    Is she the greatest coach in Big 12 history? The stats say she is.

    Could she be one of the best coaches to ever coach college softball? Each season, she continues to build what is a very strong argument.

    With 25 seasons as a head coach to her name, Gasso has a career collegiate coaching record of 1189-364-3 (.765) and holds an overall record of 1028-305-2 (.771) at the University of Oklahoma.

    She has won more Big 12 games (273-83) than any coach in the league’s history and has twice as many wins as any other coach in OU history. Gasso’s Sooner teams have finished second or higher 16 different times in the 20 years since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996. They have won over 76 percent of their Big 12 contests, and OU has claimed eight Big 12 regular season and four championship titles under her direction.

    Numerous Sooner players have prospered under Gasso’s tutelage and garnered national, regional and conference recognition. Keilani Ricketts was the two-time USA Softball National Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, becoming just the third player in history to win more than once. Gasso has also directed 47 All-Americans, 110 All-Region honors and 82 first-team all-conference selections.

    In the Big 12 era, eight Sooners have been named Big 12 Player of the Year a total of 10 times, four have been selected as Big 12 Freshman of the Year, three as Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and one as Big 12 Newcomer. In 2010, Amber Flores became the first player in league history to earn Player of the Year honors twice, while Shelby Pendley joined her in 2015.

    The OU softball success under Gasso has also spilled over into the classroom where the Sooners have been honored with 106 academic all-conference honors. Eight 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 and 2013. Gasso and staff have claimed the regional honor in nine of their 21 seasons with the most recent award coming in 2015. In addition, Gasso has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    The 2015 season saw the Sooners continue their dominant run through the Big 12, winning an unprecedented fourth straight league crown. OU then earned the No. 11 national seed and advanced as far as the Super Regionals for the sixth consecutive season.

Melyssa Lombardi Associate Head Coach

Having completed her 18th season as a full-time coach, Melyssa Lombardi continues to guide the Sooner pitchers and catchers to even greater accomplishments. Lombardi was promoted to her current position of associate head coach in July 2007.

Drawing from her playing days as a catcher for the Sooners from 1995-96, Lombardi has lent her valuable experiences in tutoring the Oklahoma catchers and pitchers. During her tenure, the Sooners have won the 2000 and 2013 National Championships and have won 14 NCAA Regional Championships in 18 postseason appearances. In addition the Sooners have claimed seven Big 12 regular season titles (1999, 2000, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and three conference tournament championships (2001, 2007, 2010).

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    As a member of the Sooners' coaching staff, Lombardi has been a part of two NFCA National Coaching Staffs of the Year (2000 and 2013), and eight Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).

    A former all-conference catcher for the Sooners, Lombardi has also coached the Oklahoma battery to a combined 17 All-America honors, 32 All-Region accolades and 71 All-Big 12 honors during her time in Norman.

    Freshman Paige Parker was the highlight of the 2015 season for Sooners' pitchers and catchers. A second-team All-American and NFCA Freshman of the Year, Parker was also named the Big 12 Pitcher and Big 12 Freshman of the Year and earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors.

    In 42 appearances in the circle, including 31 starts, Parker went 28-7 with a 1.65 earned run average. She struck out 224 batters and walked only 57 in 217.0 innings of work while holding batters to a .170 batting average. Parker had nine solo shutouts this year, combined on six others and also made three saves in relief.

    Parker threw four perfect games in 2015 to become the third pitcher in NCAA Division I history to throw four perfect games in a season. In addition, Parker also became the 16th player in Division I history to have at least four perfect games in a career.

    Behind the plate, catchers Whitney Ellis and Lea Wodach limited baserunners to just four stolen bases, the fewest in the nation. In addition, they threw out 8 of 12 would-be basestealers for a nation's base caught stealing rate of 75 percent.

JT Gasso Assistant Coach

Former Oklahoma softball graduate assistant JT Gasso is returning to the program as the team’s assistant coach, OU head coach Patty Gasso announced July 23. His primary responsibilities will be focused on working with OU’s outfielders and the Sooner offense.

"I am excited to bring JT back to the program he has grown up with, and I know he is ready and qualified to accept this challenge," Patty Gasso said. "He is considered one of the hot new coaches on the softball scene with creative ideas and has a background in a variety of areas that will help our team reach new heights.

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    "He is a relentless recruiter and has a deep love and respect for our program. He brings a fresh and youthful energy to this program, and I am looking forward to this new era in OU Softball history.”

    JT Gasso joins Oklahoma after spending one season as an assistant at Michigan State. While working with the Spartans, his primary responsibilities were focused on defensive play in the infield and hitting, while being heavily involved in recruiting and overall player development.

    “I’m extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said JT Gasso, who is Patty's son. “I’ve grown up being a part of this program and have tremendous pride in it and in the direction it is going. I’m looking forward to contributing to the program’s history and its high level of success.

    “I also want to thank Jacquie Joseph and Shelley Appelbaum for the opportunity at Michigan State. It was an experience I’m very proud of and moving on from that opportunity is hard, but I’m excited for what the future holds.”

    While with the Spartans, he helped the program record its best offensive season since 2007. The team improved its win total by almost 60 percent from 2014 to 2015, while the offense improved greatly in nearly every offensive category.

    Michigan State's home run total grew by 90 percent, while the batting average jumped 60 points to represent the fifth best improvement in the country in that category. Additionally, the team's slugging percentage went up over 100 points, while on-base percentage jumped almost 50 points.

    Like the Spartans' batting average growth, the team's run production improved by over 90 percent from 2014 to 2015, and their amount of extra-base hits increased by over 70 percent.

    Prior to Michigan State, JT Gasso was a part of a first-year coaching staff which helped guide Purdue to a spot in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in 2014. The program placed five players on the All-Big Ten postseason teams and a program-record six Boilers earned All-Region honors.

    JT Gasso spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, where he was responsible for compiling scouting reports, game day and practice set up and assisting in hitting instruction and game planning for the team, including its 2013 national championship and 2012 national runner-up seasons. His coaching pedigree also includes time as a camp coach with national championship programs at LSU and UCLA, and at the IntenCity Sports Training Academy in Norman.

    A collegiate baseball player at Eastern Oklahoma State and East Central University, Gasso has been a lead instructor for the Sooner Softball camps the last 10 years. He is certified as a level 1 coach in Crossfit and has trained various athletes, including those at IntenCity, for which he has been a hitting instructor and strength and conditioning coach since 2008. In his time as a private instructor, he has tutored five athletes who have gone on to play Division I softball.

    In addition to his experience at Oklahoma and at IntenCity, the East Central University alum coached the Sulphur Orioles 18-and-under baseball team in 2010 and was the head instructor at the Chickasaw Nation softball camp in 2007.

    Gasso holds an associate's degree from Eastern Oklahoma State College, a bachelor's degree in exercise science from East Central University and a master's degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Jim Gasso Owner and Director of IntenCity Sports Training Academy

Jim Gasso, is the current owner and Director of IntenCity Sports Training Academy in Norman, Oklahoma. Gasso has a strong background in intercollegiate athletics, coaching over 27 years at the collegiate and high school levels. Jim has served as Envoy Coach for Major League Baseball where he was assigned to Central and South America and also a member of the State of Oklahoma Director of Scouting for Amateur Baseball Report. He is certificated with the National Pitching Association under the tillage of Dr. Tom House, Co-Founder of the NPA and a leader in the functional fitness and flexibility movement. Jim also worked as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at the University of Oklahoma, working exclusively with the OU Softball program. He currently trains athlete in the throwing Bootcamp program, strength and conditioning and hitting.

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Andrea Harrison Volunteer Assistant Coach

Andrea Harrison, a national champion and two-time All-American at UCLA, is in her first year as a volunteer assistant coach at Oklahoma. She joins the Sooners after spending last season in a similar role at Michigan State.

A four-year letterwinner and starter at first base and left field, Harrison was a sophomore on the Bruins' 2010 National Championship squad, at two-time All-American pick, and a three-time All-West Region selection. The hard-hitting, sharp-fielding Harrison was named to the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team, was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection (as well as a 2009 All-Freshman team pick), and helped UCLA to an overall record of 167-61 over her four seasons.

She set a Women's College World Series record with 11 RBI in the Bruins' championship season, and a year later, led UCLA in batting average (.409), home runs (15), RBI (52), total bases (126), hits (67), slugging percentage (.768) and on-base percentage (.512). She was also a sure-handed fielder, with a total of nine errors over her four collegiate seasons - and just three combined in her two All-American seasons.

Since her graduation, she spent the following two seasons as a coach at the high school level in Oklahoma, serving as the head coach at Norman High School in 2014 after a season as an assistant Southmoore High School. She was a special education teacher at both schools as well.

The Garden Grove, Calif., native earned her degree in history from UCLA in 2012.

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