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Oklahoma City Named 2012 NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head coach Phil McSpadden and assistant Coach Bobbi Bridges of the 2012 NAIA national runner-up Oklahoma City have been named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year, the Association announced on Monday.
The Stars went 47-20 overall and 21-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference to clinch the conference regular-season crown. At the conference tournament, Oklahoma City bounced back from a loss in the first game of the championship to win game two and its 16th league title.
At the national tournament, the Stars went 3-0 to make the final eight for the fourth straight year and sixth time since the tournament moved the current format in 2005. The Stars then worked their way out of the elimination bracket to advance to the national title game for the 13th time in school history. In the championship, the Stars fell to Shorter, 1-0, to finish as runners-up for the second time in three years and fifth overall.
This marks the seventh time McSpadden has earned a national honor from the NFCA, having done so previously in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2007 and 2011. Through 25 seasons at the helm of the Stars, McSpadden has accrued an unbelievable record of 1,269-310. Since arriving on campus in 1988, McSpadden has led Oklahoma City to the national tournament in every season but one and has now advanced to the past 21 events.
For their work this season, McSpadden and Bridges also earned the Southwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Other regional winners this season were:
Head Coach: Dave Williams