Monday, July 20, 2015

Tripp MacKay Leaves Oklahoma

Longtime Oklahoma assistant coach Tripp MacKay has left the Sooners program. He has accepted a position as the Director of Player Development for Scrap Yard Sports, a facility in The Woodlands, Texas area.

MacKay, right, with Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso & associate
head coach Melyssa Lombardi in 2013.
MacKay spent eight years on the staff at OU, solidifying himself during that tenure as one of the premier offensive minds in the game. MacKay can claim responsibility for helping Lauren Chamberlain reach the all-time home run record, as well as tutoring Keilani Ricketts, Jessica Shults, Shelby Pendley, and others throughout their entire OU careers.

MacKay's OU offense set six all-time program offensive records during his tenure, including batting average; on-base percentage; and home runs.

The Sooners reached the postseason in every season MacKay was on staff, including five Big 12 titles and a national championship in 2013. 

Widely considered a candidate for a head coaching position this off-season, MacKay instead moves to a lower rung on the ladder, but one that will allow him more time spent with family, as he noted in the official press release.

Despite the advantages of such a position, don't expect MacKay's name to drop off any future head coach watch-lists. He is still a worthwhile candidate.

MacKay's departure leaves the Sooners with a hole in their staff for the first time since his arrival. This position should bring the attractiveness that Florida's now-filled assistant's position did, and you can expect a top-tier candidate to fill it.

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