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COACHING STAFF

Crissy Strimple  |  Associate Head Coach

Former Golden Hurricane slugger Crissy Strimple came to The University of Tulsa as an assistant softball coach in 2007. She was promoted to associate head coach before the 2011-12 academic year.

At Tulsa, Strimple's main responsibilities include working with the Hurricane infield and serving as recruiting coordinator.  Strimple coordinates Tulsa's travel while overseeing the program's budget.

In eight years, Strimple has coached an infield defense that contributed to two record-setting seasons in fielding percentage and one in fewest errors. The 2010 squad committed a program-low 36 errors, and the 2010 and 2011 teams fielded at a .975 clip, matching the 2005 team for best fielding percentage.

Since 2008, the TU offense has set 12 separate single-season school records, including batting average, hits, runs, RBI, home runs, triples, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Strimple played third base for TU during the 2002 and 2003 campaigns, following a two-year tenure at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Strimple came to TU after serving as an assistant coach at Central Arkansas for one season.  While at UCA, Strimple was responsible for the coordination of recruiting, as well as supervising the academic progress of the team.  She also worked heavily with the defensive schemes for the Bears.  Prior to her stint at UCA, she served as the director of softball operations at Arkansas for two years.  Strimple was also a team manager where her duties included travel, equipment, field maintenance and general management of the softball office.

As a player with the Golden Hurricane, Strimple led the team in home runs with 10 as a senior and was the team offensive player of the year in both her junior and senior seasons.  Her 18 career home runs still ranks sixth all-time at TU.  Defensively, she holds the top two single-season assist totals in the Tulsa record book.  Strimple also became the first freshman in NEO history to earn first-team NJCAA All-America Region II honors.

Strimple graduated from The University of Tulsa in 2003 with a degree in exercise sports science. She earned her master's degree in education with emphasis on sports administration from Arkansas in 2006. She resides in Tulsa.

 

Kendra Cullum  |  Assistant Coach

Kendra Cullum joined the Tulsa coaching staff in August 2016. A former player at Houston, Cullum spent one-year stints as an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin prior to arriving at Tulsa.

At Stephen F. Austin, Cullum served as infield and hitting coach. SFA finished third in the Southland Conference in 2016, its highest finish in seven years, and set four offensive records. She coached three players who earned all-conference honors, and six players who earned conference Hitter of the Week awards.

In just one season as the assistant with the Lady Lions at Southeastern Louisiana, Cullum helped the squad go from 10th to fourth in the Southland Conference standings. She primarily worked with the outfielders while serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

Southeastern Louisiana had one of the best seasons in program history during Cullum's lone season in Hammond. She helped lead SLU to its best Southland Conference record in school history while taking its highest seed (4) into the SLC Tournament.

A record breaking season offensively, SLU broke the school's single season hits, runs, triples, batting average and walks records in 2015. The Lady Lions maintained the top batting average in the league until the final week, finishing second as a team. Several SLU hitters made names for themselves on a national level as well, as four players ranked among the best in the NCAA for batting average, walks and triples.

Cullum also helped coach one of the brightest young stars in the Southland Conference in SLU's Sydney Booker – a top 25 finalist for the 2015 NFCA Freshman of the Year Award.

Cullum had a successful collegiate career, playing in 43 games and making 30 starts at the University of Kansas as a freshman before transferring to the University of Houston. Known for crowding the plate, she currently ranks second in NCAA history after getting hit by a pitch 89 times during her collegiate career. Only Mariah Gearhart of Oklahoma State has been hit more (92).

An on-base machine at Houston, Cullum ended her career with the school’s second-highest career on-base percentage (.444). In three years, Cullum appeared in 169 games, making 166 starts, while compiling a career .244 batting average (95-for-390). She started at shortstop as a sophomore and junior before making the move to left field as a senior.

As a junior in 2013, Cullum ranked number one in the NCAA in hit-by-pitches per game (0.64), which ranks as the third-highest total in NCAA history. Her 38 hit-by-pitch total is the second-highest amount all-time in the NCAA. Cullum also set the school record with 52 runs scored during the 2013 season and ranked third in the country in sacrifice hits per game (0.36).

Cullum was a standout academically as well, being selected to the Conference USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American as a sophomore.

Cullum graduated from Houston in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration and a minor in health. Prior to college, she was a standout athlete at Conroe High School.

 

Julana Shrum  |  Volunteer Assistant Coach

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