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July 27, 2000

Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa announced today that Broken Arrow native James Pinkerton has been appointed as the third head softball coach in the program's history, announced Director of Athletics Judy MacLeod.

A 1997 graduate of TU, Pinkerton was one of the first assistant coaches for the program when it was established in 1993. He returns to Tulsa following a two-year stint at the University of Virginia. For the Cavaliers, Pinkerton was the school's top assistant coach who concentrated on hitting and the outfield. He was also involved in the administrative and recruiting duties. Prior to Virginia, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana-Monroe for one year.

"To have an opportunity to coach at an NCAA Division I institution, in your home town, at your alma mater is such a dream come true," said Pinkerton. "My main goal will be to continue to build on what is being built at TU, and work to make Tulsa softball a great program. After talking with the players, I am even more excited to be coming home."

At TU, the Golden Hurricane won 18 contests before Pinkerton's arrival. During his three seasons in Tulsa, the Hurricane won 51 games.

Pinkerton's ties to Oklahoma lie deeper than The University of Tulsa. He was an assistant coach at Claremore-Sequoyah High School helping that team to a state runner-up finish in 1994. He also coached the Oklahoma Mustangs, an ASA travel team, for four years, guiding them to three national championship berths.

He has a wealth of clinical and camp experience, serving as the camp coordinator at Virginia and Louisiana-Monroe and also working camps at Tulsa, Texas A&M, along with the Strike Zone and his Oklahoma Mustang.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in history in 1997 from TU, Pinkerton worked on a master's degree in history at ULM.

Pinkerton and his wife, Dorie, have one daughter, Sarah.