WICHITA, Kan. – Oklahoma City University softball coach and NFCA Hall of Famer Phil McSpadden became the first four-year college coach to reach 1,500 career victories after the Stars’ 7-4 eight-inning win over Baker (Kan.) and a 6-1 triumph over Kansas Wesleyan at Two Rivers Youth Club in the Friends Tournament on Friday.
McSpadden, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014, moved his coaching record to 1,500-361 in his 29th year at OCU. The Stars, ranked sixth in the NAIA, improved to 22-0 on the season.
On April 10, 2015, McSpadden took the lead in wins against four-year schools among college softball coaches with OCU’s 8-0 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) in Oklahoma City. McSpadden passed Margie Wright (NFCA '00), who had 1,457.
In college softball, Mike Candrea (NFCA '96) can claim more victories than McSpadden. Candrea has 1,625 college softball wins – 1,440 at Arizona and 185 at the junior-college level with Central Arizona.
-- Courtesy of Oklahoma City Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Rich Tortorelli