MacKay Steps Down as OU Assistant Coach
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma softball assistant coach Tripp MacKay has stepped down after eight years with the program, head coach Patty Gasso announced Thursday.
“Tripp has played a very important part to the success of our program, and we are so appreciative of his work ethic, commitment and loyalty to the program,” Gasso said. “We’ve shared some great memories, and I will always be indebted to him for his service.”
“Tripp has an incredible opportunity to work in a position that feeds his passion and his strengths. It’s a great situation for his family and it makes perfect sense for him to start this new career path. We are excited for the MacKay family and thank them for giving their hearts to the Sooner Softball program for the last 8 years. We wish the MacKay family all the best.”
In his new capacity, MacKay will work for Scrapyard Sports in The Woodlands, Texas, as its Director of Player Development.
“I very much appreciate the time I've spent here with Oklahoma Softball,” MacKay said. “It was a great experience to be a part of one of the top programs in the nation. I have been given a great opportunity as the Director of Player Development for Scrap Yard Sports in the Houston Area. This will allow me to spend more time with my family.
“I want to thank Coach Gasso for the opportunity and wish Oklahoma Softball the best of luck in the future."
Responsible for working with OU’s outfielders and the Sooners offense, MacKay helped Oklahoma reach the postseason in all eight of his seasons on staff, including winning the 2013 National Championship. Along the way, the team captured five Big 12 regular season titles (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and two conference tournament championships (2007 and 2010).
Following the Sooners’ national title in 2013, MacKay and the OU coaches were named the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year. He has also been a part of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
Under his tutelage, Lauren Chamberlain set the all-time NCAA home run record with 95 career homers and also broke the NCAA’s career slugging percentage with a .960 mark.
In addition, OU set program single-season records for batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored, home runs and walks with MacKay as an assistant.