EDMOND, Okla. -- Cody White has been named interim head coach of the Central Oklahoma softball program for the 2014 season, athletic director Joe Muller announced.

White became UCO’s first full-time assistant coach last year and helped lead the Bronchos to a 51-11 record and the Division II national championship. He and head coach Genny Stidham, who resigned Thursday to take over the Texas Woman’s program, were named the Division II Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

“Cody made a significant impact in his first year with our program,” Muller said. “His contributions helped lead our softball team to Central’s first-ever women’s national championship last spring.

“Cody has our full support as we head into this next season and under his leadership we look forward to defending our position as one of the best teams in the country.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity and appreciate the confidence the athletic department has in me,” White said. “We have a great program with a lot of outstanding players returning from last year and I’m ready to get to work.”

White came to UCO after serving as assistant baseball and softball coach at Edmond Memorial High School. He was on the baseball staff for four years, helping the Bulldogs reach the state tournament in 2010, and helped coach softball for three years.

Cody guided the Edmond Stars American Legion team to the state tournament in his one year as head coach and he helped lead the Edmond Memorial American Legion team to a pair of state runner-up finishes during two years as an assistant.

White played baseball at North Central Texas College for one year before spending his final three seasons at Southern Nazarene. He was a two-time Sooner Athletic Conference Gold Glove catcher for the Crimson Storm in addition to earning All-SAC honors.

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