Wednesday, April 15, 2015

OCU's Phil McSpadden Becomes All-Time Winningest Coach

Oklahoma City University head coach Phil McSpadden recorded his 1,458th career victory on Friday, moving him into sole possession of the top spot on the all-time record list.

Graphic credit: Oklahoma City University Softball
McSpadden's Stars squad swept a doubleheader Friday, by a combined score of 21-1, to earn McSpadden's milestone victory. In his 28th season at the helm of the program, McSpadden became the first four-year college coach to reach the 1,458 number.

The milestone victory also happened to be the #1-ranked Stars' 35th win of the season to improve their season record to 35-1 at the NAIA level.

OCU teams had to average fifty-two wins per season every season of McSpadden's tenure to reach 1,458 victories at this point in time.

McSpadden is an eight-time national champion and has gathered four runner-up finishes in addition. His team has appeared in the national tournament in twenty-three consecutive seasons and twenty-six times overall. He has earned eight national Coach of the Year awards and his staff has been rewarded seven times as Coaching Staff of the Year.

Seventy-six all-Americans have come out of the Stars program, as well as four future medal-winning Olympians.

McSpadden's first win came over a now-Division 1 team when he beat North Texas in Denton by a score of 14-4 on February 25, 1988. 

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