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July 4, 2014

Cushing names Bristow's York as softball coach

STILLWATER, Okla. — Nikki York knows what it takes to win. She played for state powerhouse Davenport High School where she won three rings. After coaching at Bristow for six years, York hopes to bring that winning mentality to Cushing as she takes over the softball program.

“I have a lot of upper classmen and key returning starters, so we should be pretty competitive,” York said. “I have a good freshman class coming in. Hopefully a couple of them can work their way into the lineup.”

York replaces Chad Short — who is also Cushing’s wrestling coach and led the Lady Tigers to a 20-14 record and a spot in regionals. Short is staying on the team as an assistant.

 Since coming to Cushing, York has hit the ground running as she is already getting to know the team in the Prague Summer League.

“I’m able to start building a relationship with the girls,” York said. “We are competing against everyone we are going to play. It’s good experience for the girls.”

York is also trying to add a slow-pitch program to further the development of the fast-pitch team.

“We’re trying to get implemented this year or next year,” York said. “It helps makes the fast-pitch team more successful because you get to play double the amount of games. It improves the defense because just about every girl who steps up to the plate is going to put in play.”

The new coach also held a three-day camp for children that were young enough to play T-ball to eighth grade at the end of May.

“It was nice because I got to know some of the younger kids,” she said.

York came to Cushing already with familiarity because she played against them every season at Bristow.

“I’ve seen a lot of these girls play,” York said. “I’ve seen their junior girls play, Last year they went undefeated.”

York’s husband Billy works in Edmond. She and her husband have two daughters — Harli, 3, and Halle, 5 months.


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