Lori Sippel – 2017
- Now in her 28th season with the Cornhuskers, the University of Nebraska Associate Head Coach Lori Sippel is one of the best pitchers in NCAA history, and one of the sport’s best pitching coaches. As a player:
- She was a 2-time All-American at Nebraska
- A member of the 1996 Canadian Olympic Softball Team, where she helped lead Canada to a 5th place finish
- In 2005, she received the highest honor a player can receive when she became the 24th female player inducted to the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, and just the 5th from the United States or Canada
- Sippel has arguably accomplished just as much as a coach as she did in her distinguished playing career. During her tenure as Nebraska’s pitching coach, her pitchers have set nearly every team pitching record, and have often played the leading role in the Huskers’ 20 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 22 years, including 3 trips to the Women’s College World Series.
- Sippel has had a pitcher earn regional or conference accolades nearly every season over the past 20 years. She has produced 22 NFCA All-Midwest Region pitchers, and coached 23 pitchers to All-Big 12 or All-Big Ten accolades. She has also coached 4 All-Americans, including 2-time selection Tatum Edwards in 2013 and 2014.
“Recruiting pitchers who can get better and be successful is an art, and Lori will explain her markers for pitchers she recruits, what her 5 stars are, how she raises them & how to know what stars to avoid!”– Cindy Bristow