SALT LAKE CITY –The University of Utah softball coaching staff of head coach Amy Hogue, associate head coach DJ Gasso, assistant coach Paige Parker and volunteer assistant Brooke Olson earned the title of D1Softball Coaching Staff of the Year, it was announced on Wednesday.
This comes less than two weeks after this coaching quartet captured the honor of ATEC/NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year, the second time in program history Utah’s coaches has been chosen for that honor.
Hogue and her colleagues captured this honor after a 2023 campaign that included the program’s first trip to the Women’s College World Series since 1994 and earned the title of Pac-12 Tournament Champions. Utah’s 42 victories matched the fourth-highest total in school history and their .724 win percentage goes down as the Utes’ third-best.
The squad’s list of accomplishments also includes winning a super regional series for the first time ever, setting new program high with eight all-conference and all-region picks, piling up a Utah-best 15 wins in Pac-12 play and sweeping a series from a team ranked inside the top five for the first time ever.
On the stat sheet, the Utes raised their batting average by nearly 40 points compared to their mark in 2022, dropped their team ERA from 3.62 to 2.86, decreased their opponent’s batting average from .269 to .238, broke the program record for stolen bases in a season and finished 15th in the nation in scoring.