Rebecca Cobb, a 2000 Oklahoma Christian University graduate and current head softball coach at Tuttle High School, led her team to yet another state championship in 2020.
Cobb, who played softball at Oklahoma Christian from 1996 to 2000, won her fourth state title in five years as head coach at Tuttle High School on Saturday, Oct. 17, beating number 1 ranked Lone Grove in an 11-inning thriller by a score of 8-6.
“This team wasn’t expected to be here,” Cobb said, “Out of my five years here, four of those we went to state and we only had three players on this year’s team that have played in an environment like that.”
Their opponent Lone Grove was the best team in the state all year and did not allow a run throughout the entire playoff until they met this young Tuttle High School team in the finals. Cobb’s message to her players was to have fun and play loose.
“We kept telling the girls that [Lone Grove] had all the pressure and we were able to go out and have fun,” Cobb said. Instead of focusing on Lone Grove’s dominant pitching and defense, Cobb said, “we just went out and played ball.”
Cobb admitted she was stressed during crunch time but said the girls held up well once they tied it in the seventh inning.
“I was stressed, but the girls seemed calm,” Cobb said. “I was just trying to keep them relaxed.”
Cobb was not just a coach during the championship run, but a parent too. Cobb’s daughter was the freshman starting pitcher all throughout the season, playoffs, and the title game.
In a year where the hardest obstacle was not the team they were playing but the uncertainty of whether high school sports would be played, Cobb’s team was able to adjust to the guidelines and rule changes while keeping their focus on the field.
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“We struggled with that during the beginning [of the season] with wearing masks in the dugout and being careful off the field keeping the girls distanced,” Cobb said. “Once we got to the state tournament we felt like we were home free.”
Cobb, who redshirted during her sophomore year at Oklahoma Christian due to a shoulder injury, said Oklahoma Christian shaped her softball career for the better. Her time at Oklahoma Christian taught her how to persevere and gave her experiences that have helped in coaching.
“One of the big things I learned with the injury is that it taught me how to persevere through hard times,” Cobb said.
After having to come back from multiple surgeries, Cobb said she leans on her experience with her players.
“I’m able to use my experience with my players because I’ve been there,” Cobb said.
Cobb has been the head coach at Tuttle for five years in addition to two years before as the assistant coach. She has proven her prowess in coaching, winning four state titles and solidifying her name in Oklahoma softball.