OCU to celebrate Crabaugh, 1994 softball team’s induction into Hall of Fame

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OKLAHOMA CITY– Oklahoma City University will be holding a reception to celebrate the induction of the school’s most recent Hall of Fame inductees.

Oklahoma City University’s head baseball coach, Denney Crabaugh was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on January 3, 2015. The coach of the winningest baseball team in America is already a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, along with numerous other accolades. He will now also enter the Oklahoma City University Hall of Fame.

Crabaugh has compiled a record of 1,268-398-2 (.761 winning percentage) in 26 years as OCU’s coach.

“To be good one year is one thing, but to be consistently great over the course of 20-plus years is truly special,” said OCU alum Kirk Walker, who was the 2011 NAIA player of the year. “The numbers speak for themselves. It shows the hard work and dedication that is present in every hall of famer. Well deserved. Happy to be a part of it.”

The university will be holding a reception for Crabaugh, as well as an OCU Hall of Fame induction for the players of OCU’s 1994 national championship softball team.

The ’94 team earned the first of eight national championships that the softball program has won under head coach, Phil McSpadden.

The full roster of OCU’s 1994 national championship team included:
Tammy Braithwaite
Tuesday Butcher
Sue Fairhurst
Tina Holmes
Kelly McKellar
Tracey Mosley
Brandy Rico
Heather Strouse
Vikki Thompson
Brandy “Moose” Tyler
Jen Wells
Kim Wilson
Mindi Wilson
Head coach Phil McSpadden
Assistant coach Kathy Lewis
Student assistant Za Smith

McSpadden is a Hall of Famer himself; he was inducted to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2014.

The OCU Athletic Hall of Fame induction will be held on Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall inside the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center. Tickets to the ceremony cost $25. Contact OCU’s administrative assistant Stacy Heperi at (405) 208-5309 or e-mail smheperi@okcu.edu.

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