Career Record: 61-47 (2 seasons)
In her third season with the Eagles, head coach Caty Reeves is intent on building the Oklahoma Wesleyan softball program into one known for its tradition of success. After posting a program best record of 35-18 in 2013 and receiving their first invitation to a national tournament, the Eagles suffered a disappointing 26-29 record in 2014.
However, a 13-7 conference record paved the way to a third place finish in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference for the second year in a row and Reeves hopes this year’s team will use that momentum to work harder and strive for excellence at every practice and in every game.
Under Reeves’ leadership, the Eagles have seen significant improvement over the last two years in their offense including overall hits, home runs, batting average and slugging percentage. When it comes to defense, the pitching staff has cut their ERA nearly in half and the total number of strikeouts have more than doubled. Opponents’ batting average has been reduced 33 percent since 2012.
Reeves has coached 10 MCAC All-Conference players including the 2014 Pitcher and Player of the year in Jenna Daniel and Miranda Kiser, respectively. Eight players have received NFCA Scholar Athlete awards, five have earned NCCAA Scholar Athlete awards, and graduating senior Allison Edwards was honored as the 2014 MCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The Eagles have maintained a team GPA of over 3.00 each season.
Prior to OKWU, Reeves served as assistant coach at McNeese State University, a NCAA Division 1 member in Lake Charles, LA. She worked under head coach Mike Smith whom she played for at California Baptist University from 2008 to 2011 and was primarily responsible for coaching the catching staff and hitters. In 2012, the Cowgirls finished with a record of 34-21.
During her career as a catcher and designated hitter at California Baptist, Reeves helped the Lancers go 251-22, win four Golden State Athletic Conference titles and make four consecutive trips to the NAIA World Series. CBU won the national championship in 2009, took second place in 2011 and finished third in 2010 and fourth in 2008.
An all-around offensive player, Reeves finished her college career with 125 hits, 105 runs batted in, 19 home runs and 87 walks, a total second on the CBU all-time career records. She also recorded an on-base percentage of .452, fifth on the Lancers’ career records list. Defensively, Reeves was charged with just one error in 471 chances to finish her career with a 0.998 fielding percentage.
An NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2010 and 2011, Reeves also was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-American Softball Team (Second Team). She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in math in 2010 and started graduate school during her fourth year of eligibility. She completed her master’s degree in education in June, 2012.
Reeves grew up in Corvallis, OR and prepped at Crescent Valley High School, where she also played varsity basketball.