Oklahoma State softball recently saw pitching coach John Bargfeldt retire unexpectedly after helping Kenny Gajewski lead the Cowgirls to their fourth consecutive Women’s College World Series this past June.
Coinciding with his departure, OSU saw ace Kelly Maxwell enter the transfer portal, and a pitching staff that has been the strength of this program suddenly had some real question marks heading into the 2023 offseason.
However, it appears that the ship has settled now and Oklahoma State has found its new pitching coach. After rumors circulated around a week ago, an Oklahoma State press release has now confirmed that the Cowgirls’ new pitching coach is indeed former All-American pitcher, Carrie Eberle.
The Charlotte, N.C., native pitched for the Cowgirls from 2020-21, earning All-America honors both years. In her two seasons in Stillwater, she went 36-5 with a 1.13 earned run average, posted 224 strikeouts in 266.1 innings of work, and held the opposition to a .184 batting average. The 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID pandemic, but in her lone full season with OSU, she was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and helped lead the Cowgirls to the 2021 Women’s College World Series.
After her time at Oklahoma State, Eberle went professional and joined Athletes Unlimited, where she earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2021.
This past season, Eberle served as the pitching coach at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Now, she will return to Stillwater, where she became a household name just a few seasons ago.
“Oklahoma State has a special piece of my heart and to have the opportunity to come back is a blessing,” Eberle said. “OSU created such a positive environment for me during my playing career and the family atmosphere along with the winning culture that attracted me then are the same reasons why I am so excited to be back now.”
“There is no better person who understands Oklahoma State Softball and The Cowgirl Way than Carrie Eberle,” Head Coach Kenny Gajewski said. “I had a firsthand look at her as a player and then as a graduate assistant, and the personal and professional growth she displayed made her a very easy choice for our program.”
Oklahoma State is coming off a 47-16 season in 2023, where the Cowgirls advanced to the WCWS before being eliminated by Tennessee during the weekend elimination game.
In 2024, the Cowgirls hope to make another run to OKC, and a program-record fifth straight appearance at the WCWS.