Championship head coach Stidham takes over program at Texas Woman's
DENTON, Texas -- Genny Stidham, who guided Central Oklahoma to its first national championship in May, has been named Texas Woman's University head softball coach, director of athletics Chalese Connors announced Thursday.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to coach the Pioneers softball program and join the Texas Woman’s athletics staff,” Stidham said. “TWU softball has a strong tradition of excellence on and off the field and I am looking forward to build upon this tradition. The team is returning some amazing talent and I am eager to guide them back to the national tournament.”
Stidham joins TWU after spending 16 stellar years at Central Oklahoma where she established herself as one of the most successful softball coaches in Division II. She compiled a 475-289-2 record at UCO and turned the Bronchos into an annual national contender. Stidham led UCO to the 1998 and 2005 Lone Star Conference titles. Central Oklahoma also captured the 2013 conference title in its inaugural season in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. UCO made seven NCAA tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Finals (2006, ’12 and ’13). The Bronchos won the title this past season and finished with a 51-11 record.
Under Stidham’s direction, 77 UCO softball players received all-conference honors, 19 earned all-region honors and five received All-America recognition. In addition to the on-field accolades, her student-athletes have succeeded academically. Stidham has coached two Academic All-Americans, two Lone Star Conference Academic players of the year and 28 All-Academic Team selections.
“I want the best for our student-athletes, and we went and got the best,” Connors said. “Genny Stidham is an outstanding addition to the TWU family and I know our program is in great hands. I am thrilled to have her and her family move to Texas and join us.”
TWU finished the 2013 campaign with unprecedented success, going 51-14 in a season of firsts: Lone Star Conference championship, LSC tournament championship, NCAA South Central Region championship and a trip to the championship finals.
“We have some great momentum coming off the year we just had,” Connors said. “Having Genny at the helm here at TWU is a perfect fit. Plus, she’s back in the Lone Star Conference to face familiar foes. I’m excited for our student-athletes, our recruits, our alums and our fans.”
Stidham spent two seasons as Central Oklahoma's graduate assistant coach from 1995-1997 prior to becoming the head coach. She also spent the 1995 season as an assistant coach at Oklahoma, helping the Sooners to the NCAA regional finals.
Stidham played college softball at Central Oklahoma in 1991 and '92. She earned first-team All-Midwest Region honors and UCO’s first softball All-America recognition in 1992 as a senior. Stidham ranks second on UCO’s career winning percentage list at .714 with a 25-10 record. She had 278 strikeouts and allowed just 32 earned runs in 231 innings pitched, finishing with a career 0.97 ERA. Stidham was inducted into the UCO Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.