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Former All-American Vanessa Shippy joins softball staff

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Vanessa Shippy takes her batter's stance against Pacific. Shippy and the Cowgirls defeated Pacific 11-1 on Sunday to sweep the Hall of Fame Classic.

Vanessa Shippy is back in Stillwater as a volunteer assistant coach for the Cowgirl softball team.

Shippy was a star during her playing days with the Cowgirls. She earned All-American honors three times and won Big 12 Player of the Year in 2018. In her senior season, she was named a top-10 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.

“We can’t say enough good things about Vanessa,” coach Kenny Gajewski said in a press release. “When the opportunity presented itself to bring her back to Stillwater, we jumped at the chance. She’ll be a great influence on our program and we’re fortunate to have her back home with us.”

Shippy finished top two in school history in on-base percentage, batting average and slugging percentage.

She played one season in the National Pro Fastpitch league before taking on coaching. Shippy served as an assistant coach at Syracuse the last two seasons.

Shippy joins a Cowgirl team that finished the shortened 2020 campaign ranked No. 16 in the nation and made the Women’s College World Series in 2019. The Cowgirls return a majority of their roster from 2020 and have a talented recruiting class on its way.

“The energy around Stillwater is something anyone would want to be part of,” Shippy said. “The opportunity to come back here and join this staff means so much to me. I want to add as much value as possible to this program because I care so deeply about it.”

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