Summer 2022

SS PODCAST: Oklahoma softball coach Jennifer Rocha on faith, leadership, winning titles

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING JENNIFER ROCHA

Jennifer Rocha is the associate head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners softball program. The former OU player coached for 13 years with the Florida Gators before returning to her alma mater in the summer of 2018.

Rocha’s speciality is pitching, and in 2021 the OU pitching staff recorded two perfect games, three no-hitters and 22 shutouts. Senior Giselle Juarez was named the Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player following a 5-0 record (three complete games), one shutout, 38 strikeouts and just four runs allowed (0.89 ERA) in the World Series.

During her tenure with the Gators, Rocha won two NCAA titles (2014, ’15) and made nine WCWS appearances. Prior to Florida, she was an assistant coach at Wichita State University from 2003-05, and an assistant at Oregon for one year before that.

She began her playing career at Long Beach City College in 1995, then transferred to Oklahoma in 1996 and was a three-year letter winner. She finished her Sooner pitching career with a 43-17 record (.721) and a 1.46 ERA. She went on to play professionally for the Virginia Roadsters in the Women’s Professional Softball League in 1998, before returning to Oklahoma as a graduate assistant coach from 1999-2001.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Rocha about leadership, coaching with Jesus at the center, how her faith motivates her to be the best coach she can be, and the importance of relationships with her fellow coaches and her players.

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