Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kenny Gajewski Named Oklahoma State Head Coach

'tis the season for head coaching hires - another Power 5 position has been filled as former Florida assistant Kenny Gajewski has been named the head coach at Oklahoma State.

Gajewski spent three seasons as an assistant under Tim Walton, and was a part of both back-to-back championship seasons in 2014 and 2015. Under his tutelage, the Gators' defense consistently improved during his tenure in Gainesville, including setting the school record in fielding percentage, as well as the second-best mark in the same category.

The three years in Gainesville are the extent of Gajewski's softball experience, though he carries a fairly extensive baseball background in a variety of positions; dating back to the mid-90s, he has seen time on the baseball staffs of Oklahoma; Kansas State; and Tennessee.

Gajewski is the latest in the recent trend of coaches with baseball backgrounds taking the helm of a softball program, a fraternity that boasts Auburn's Clint Myers and Missouri's Ehren Earleywine, among others.

He replaces Rich Wieligman at the helm of the Cowgirls', a program that went 21-31 this season and finished sixth out of seven teams in the Big 12, missing the postseason entirely.

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