Cougars take on OU and OSU in Norman and Stillwater this weekend
Jessica Valis promoted to assistant coach
Screwball, inside hitting focus of this week's camps
Kristin Vesely enters her fourth year as an assistant coach to start the 2013-14 season. Vesely coaches the Houston hitters, outfielders and also serves the program as the recruiting coordinator.
"Coming from the program that she came from, playing in the College World Series, being a semifinalist for the USA Player of the Year and an All-American, I just think that's a history and an experience that is needed for this group," head coach Kyla Holas said.
The Phoenix, Ariz., native shares plenty of elite softball experience with the team. A USA Player of the Year semifinalist during her junior season and a quarterfinalist during her senior campaign at the University of Oklahoma, Vesely has a wide selection of stories to draw from.
The Sooners all-time hits leader (293) started all but four games in the outfield, and chipped in a couple of spot starts behind the plate, during her freshman year in Norman, Okla., and took off from there. She was named to the All-Big 12 team in each of her four years and an NFCA All-American for her last two seasons.
Her role with the Cougars as the hitting and outfield coach will be backed by her strong resume in both aspects of the game. Vesely held a 73-game errorless streak that stretched from her junior to senior seasons, and the 97 hits she recorded as a junior still stands as the most in a single season by any Big 12 player.
In 2013, Vesely helped guide catcher Haley Outon to C-USA Player of the Year honors after the catcher belted a league-leading 15 home runs and 60 RBI. Outon also led the league in slugging percentage (.731) and walks (41) as she set a school record for a single-season to show balance between her power and patience. Holly Anderson combined with Outon to give Houston a powerful 1-2 punch in the line up as she paced C-USA in batting average (.374) and doubles (15) while ranking second behind Outon in home runs and RBI. Both student-athletes earned NFCA All-Region honors for the second straight year while freshman centerfielder Katie St. Pierre joined them on the award platform. All three earned First Team honors from C-USA as Houston led in 12 offensive categories.
Vesely imparted some of her wisdom in helping Haley Outon smash 22 home runs and 64 RBIs en route to being an NFCA All-American in 2012, setting both school records in the process.
Outon, Holly Anderson and Melissa Gregson were all First Team C-USA honorees following their strong performances at the place in 2012.
Aside from being one of the most decorated players in Oklahoma's storied softball program, Vesely competed all four years on the Sooners' soccer team, as well. She helped guide the Sooners to its best start in program history, as they posted an 11-1 record to open her senior season en route to earning a Big 12 Tournament berth.
Following the completion of her collegiate career, the New England Riptide took Vesely in the first round of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) 2006 College Player Draft. The fourth-overall selection played professionally for the organization for one season.
Following her playing days, Vesely got her start in coaching. She returned to Oklahoma to coach the Oklahoma Twisters, an under-14 traveling softball team. After three years of working with younger players, Vesely coached the Blanchard High School squad to a 24-3 record in 2010.