Oklahoma State announced on Tuesday that softball coach Margaret Rebenar has resigned, effective immediately.

In a press release, Director of Athletics Mike Holder said, “I appreciate the many years of service Coach Rebenar has given to the Cowgirl Softball program. We will begin a national search immediately and I’m confident we will be able to bring in a coach who can elevate the program to national prominence.”

Rebenar was on the OSU staff for 27 seasons, including the last five as head coach.

In those five seasons, the Cowgirls went 151-119, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2003.

There was some speculation she might have saved her job with her team’s performance in last week’s Big 12 Tournament.

The Cowgirls beat Iowa State, 2-0, and No. 2 Texas, 2-1, on the first day. Then they lost to No. 20 Oklahoma, 10-2, and No. 14 Nebraska, 1-0, in eight innings to finish the season at 21-29.

Rebenar’s coaching career has seen only one season outside of Stillwater — she started as pitching coach at UCLA before coming to OSU in 1980.

Under Sandy Fischer, she became associate head coach in 1993.

During her playing days, Rebenar pitched for the Connecticut Falcons of the professional softball league, going 31-10. She was named that league’s MVP in 1979 and was an Amateur Softball Association All-American in 1982 and ’83.

The Phoenix native earned a bachelor’s in physical education from Cal Poly-Pomona in 1980 and a master’s in physical education from OSU in 1982.

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