Kenny Gajewski became the seventh head softball coach in program history on June 13, 2015. Gajewski (pronounced `GUY’-ehh-ski’) served the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Florida.
Gajewski wasted no time in finding success in Stillwater as he led the Cowgirls back to the postseason for the first time since 2011.
Under his leadership, OSU led the Big 12 in Academic All-Big 12 Selections, broke 11 school records and had its first Academic All-American and All-American in the same season since 2003 in Vanessa Shippy.
OSU showed it was destined for a return to success early with a February win over No. 9 Washington in the Mary Nutter Classic, which was the program’s first win over a top-10 opponent since 2013. From there, the Cowgirls continued to build on their way to restoring a winning-way.
The 2016 Cowgirls found success once again in Big 12 play, sweeping Iowa State to earn their first sweep of a conference opponent since 2012 and earning a series win over Kansas in Lawrence, the first road series win in the Big 12 since 2011. By the end of the year, Oklahoma State finished with seven series wins.
Stacie Pestrak is in her second season with the Cowgirl softball team.
Under Pestrak’s leadership, the Cowgirl outfielders shined in 2016. Pestrak was a key part in the transition of senior Tiffany Mikkelson to the outfield after she had played third the previous three seasons.
Under her watch, Mikkelson turned into one of the best defensive outfielders in the conference and shined at the plate with 11 home runs on her way to becoming the Oklahoma State all-time leader for home runs with 35.
Pestrak joined the Oklahoma State staff on June 29, 2015, after serving as a volunteer assistant coach with Florida for the previous two seasons. Along with Gajewski, Pestrak was instrumental in the Gators’ recent success, guiding the team to its second-consecutive national championship earlier two years ago. She also played for the Gators for two years (2005-06), and returned to Gainesville after spending 2013 as an assistant coach at the University of Buffalo.
Jeff Cottrill is entering his third season with the Oklahoma State softball program in 2018. This year will mark his first as one of the team's assistant coaches though, as he spent his first two years in Stillwater managing the team's day-to-day activities as the director of operations.
The 2018 season will mark Cottrill's first season as a collegiate assistant coach, but he does have some prior experience working Oklahoma State's pitching staff.
During head coach Kenny Gajewski's inaugural campaign in 2016, Cottrill stepped in to manage the team's pitching staff when former OSU pitching coach Charlotte Morgan had to take a leave of absence for health-related issues.