Head Coach Brooke O'Hair

 

Mississippi College head softball coach Brooke O’Hair enters her 14th season at the helm of the Lady Choctaws program. She is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 382-230 (.624).

The 2016 season was one for the record books as the MC softball program won the first national championship for a women's team in school history, claiming the NCCAA title in Roanoke, Va. with a 3-0 win over Belhaven. O'Hair led the Lady Choctaws to a new school record with 39 wins and was named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year.. MC also posted an 18-15 record in Gulf South Conference play, winning 11 straight league games in the middle of the schedule. Senior pitcher Carlie Sargent was the recipient of the NCCAA Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award, recognizing the top player in the NCCAA for athletic, academic and community accomplishments. Sargent and freshman Kristen Qualls were named NCCAA All-Americans, while junior Tylan Buckley joined the teammates on the All-Region Team. Qualls was also named to the NFCA All-South Region Team.

The 2015 season saw the Lady Choctaws advance to the semi-finals of the NCCAA World Series in Botetourt County, Va. MC went 30-24, including a 14-15 mark in their first year back in Division II and the Gulf South Conference. The Lady Choctaws won GSC series with Christian Brothers, Union, West Georgia and West Alabama. Senior Shay Mickens was named an NCCAA All-American, while senior Brooke Smitherman, junior Carlie Sargent and sophomore Megan Everett joined Mickens on the NCCAA All-MidEast Region Teams.

The Lady Choctaws went 34-14 in their final season in Division III and the American Southwest Conference, going 24-9 in the league play to finish third in the final standings. Brooke Smitherman was named the ASC Player of the Year, while Shay Mickens joined Smitherman on the All-ASC First Team. Bethany Fletcher and Lacie Patterson were named to the Second Team, while Tori Bankston, Macey Lee and Megan Everett earned Third Team honors. Lauren Mulligan earned an Honrable Mention selection. Smitherman, Mickens and Lee were named to the NFCA All-West Region Team, while Bankston joined the trio on the NCCAA All-MidEast Region Team. The Lady Choctaws advanced to the NCCAA World Series in their first year in the division.

Several injuries throughout the 2013 season, led MC to finish 8-31 overall and 6-18 in the American Southwest Conference.  Four Lady Choctaws earned All-ASC honors, including Second Team All-ASC honoree Erica Johns.

The 2012 season saw the Lady Choctaws finish 26-14 overall and 13-11 in the American Southwest Conference.  Six different Lady Choctaws were named to the All-ASC East Team, led by Courtney Nunn who was named ASC East Pitcher of the Year.

In 2011, MC earned a berth into the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament for the second consecutive year after going 33-15 overall. Seven Lady Choctaws earned All-ASC East honors, including First Team All-ASC honorees Brooke Smitherman, Jennifer Jones, Megan Colvin, Sarah Finch, and Kim Mason.  Smitherman and Jones also earned NFCA Division III All-American honors.

In 2010, MC earned a berth into the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament after going 29-13 overall.  Eleven of the 13 losses came to teams in the top 3 in the country in LC, UT-Tyler, and ETBU.  Jennifer Jones, Reagan Jackson, and Rachel Hurley all earned second Team All-ASC East honors to headline a list of six Lady Choctaws who earned the award.

The 2009 season saw the Lady Choctaws finish 22-17 overall and 15-9 in the American Southwest Conference.  Six different Lady Choctaws earned All-ASC East Division honors, led by Morgan Harpole earning a Second Team selection.

In 2008, O'Hair led a young Lady Choctaw team to a 19-21 overall record and a 9-15 conference mark.  Four Lady Choctaws were named to the All-ASC East Team, including Michelle Cochran being named to the First Team.

O'Hair took the Lady Choctaws to new heights in her first season as the head coach.  She guided MC to a 38-10 record and an ASC East Division Championship.  The Lady Choctaws advanced all the way to the NCAA Regionals before bowing out to eventual national champion, Linfield.

O’Hair quickly built a succesful Pirates’ program leading the team last season to a 15-10 record. Pass Christian had a 2-20 record just a season before O’Hair arrived. Two Pirate players earned all-conference honors last season.

As a standout at Mississippi State, O’Hair  earned SEC All-academic honors all four years while also starting all four years for the Lady Bulldogs. She was a part of the winningest class of players ever to play at Mississippi State reaching the SEC Tournament four times. The Lady Bulldogs also reached an NCAA Regional in three seasons.

After completing her playing career, O’Hair spent one year as student assistant (2004) in which Mississippi State again reached the SEC Tournament and an NCAA Regional.

Coach O’Hair earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education.  She is married to Tony O’Hair.