Former Golden Hurricane slugger Crissy Strimple is in her sixth season as an assistant coach at The University of Tulsa. She was promoted to associate head coach before the 2011-12 academic year.
At Tulsa, Strimple's main responsibilities include working with the Hurricane infield and serving as recruiting coordinator. Strimple coordinates Tulsa's travel while overseeing the program's budget.
In four years, Strimple has coached an infield defense that contributed to two record-setting seasons in fielding percentage and one in fewest errors. The 2010 squad committed a program-low 36 errors, and the 2010 and 2011 teams fielded at a .975 clip, matching the 2005 team for best fielding percentage.
Since 2008, the TU offense has set eight separate single-season school records, including batting average, hits, runs, RBI, home runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
Strimple played third base for TU during the 2002 and 2003 campaigns, following a two-year tenure at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Strimple came to TU after serving as an assistant coach at Central Arkansas for one season. While at UCA, Strimple was responsible for the coordination of recruiting, as well as supervising the academic progress of the team. She also worked heavily with the defensive schemes for the Bears. Prior to her stint at UCA, she served as the director of softball operations at Arkansas for two years. Strimple was also a team manager where her duties included travel, equipment, field maintenance and general management of the softball office.
As a player with the Golden Hurricane, Strimple led the team in home runs with 10 as a senior and was the team offensive player of the year in both her junior and senior seasons. Her 18 career home runs still ranks sixth all-time at TU. Defensively, she holds the top two single-season assist totals in the Tulsa record book. Strimple also became the first freshman in NEO history to earn first-team NJCAA All-America Region II honors.
Strimple graduated from The University of Tulsa in 2003 with a degree in exercise sports science. She earned her master's degree in education with emphasis on sports administration from Arkansas in 2006. She resides in Tulsa.
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