Oklahoma City University softball coach Phil McSpadden will be recognized with a headliner special award in the Rupture Pin Technology March of Dimes Sports Headliner Banquet presented by Prodigal on Saturday at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.


Every year, the March of Dimes holds the banquet to honor athletes, coaches and teams who have taken center stage and brought national attention to the state of Oklahoma.


The success of the event helps the March of Dimes continue to successfully save babies’ lives. The money raised goes to funding March of Dimes programs helping premature babies, newborns with birth defects and research to prevent infant mortality.


McSpadden has built the nation’s finest small-college softball program and most storied program in the NAIA at Oklahoma City University, capturing eight national championships, the most in NAIA history.


After becoming a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Famer in December, McSpadden took the lead in college softball wins against four-year schools. McSpadden has directed OCU to 1,478 victories.


Among many accolades, McSpadden owns membership in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, NAIA Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the OCU Athletics Hall of Fame.


McSpadden has been recognized as national coach of the year by the NFCA three times, NAIA coach of the year eight times, region coach of the year once and five-time Sooner Athletic Conference coach of the year. He and his staff have been NFCA NAIA coaching staff of the year seven times.


In 28 years at OCU, McSpadden leads all current NAIA softball coaches in wins with a 1,478-361 record for an .804 winning percentage. He has guided OCU to 12 national championship games, four national runner-up finishes, 26 trips to the NAIA Championships, 19 50-win seasons, 11 55-win seasons and four 60-win seasons.


McSpadden’s 1999 team won more games than any NAIA team has ever with 69. OCU has captured 10 regional titles, five bi-district titles, five district titles and 19 SAC titles under McSpadden.