Coaching Staff

 

Cody White
Head Coach

In his sixth year leading the Central Oklahoma program is Cody White, who has kept the Bronchos among the best in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and NCAA Division II throughout his tenure.

White has racked up a stout 204-90 career record in five years, having guided UCO to four 40-win seasons and four national tournament appearances.  He was named MIAA Coach of the Year in 2017 when the Bronchos captured both the conference's regular season and tournament titles.

Cody has had 33 players earn All-MIAA recognition, including three who were named Player of the Year, and 16 garner All-Central Region honors.

White came to UCO in 2012 as the program’s first-ever full-time assistant coach and helped lead the Bronchos to the first women’s national championship in any school history in 2013.

He played a key role during a sensational season that saw UCO claim the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association crown in its first year in the league and then go a perfect 9-0 in NCAA post-season play to take the national title, clipping Kutztown 5-2 in a thrilling finals contest to end a 51-11 campaign.

Cody and head coach Genny Stidham were selected the Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after the season.

White was named head coach on Aug. 9, 2013 after Stidham took over at Texas Woman’s and went on to lead the Bronchos to another outstanding season in 2014.

UCO finished runner-up in the MIAA regular season standings and earned an at-large bid into the national tournament, going 1-2 in the Central Regional in finishing the season 41-17.

The Bronchos came back with another banner campaign in 2015 as White led UCO to a second straight MIAA runner-up finish.  The Bronchos made the program’s fourth consecutive trip to the national tournament and ended with a 41-20 record.

Central ended up as league runners-up for the third straight year in 2016 and ended with a 40-20 record in making it to the national tourney for the fifth time in a row.

The Bronchos finished with the second-most wins in school history in 2017, going 48-11 in winning the MIAA championship and qualifying for the Division II playoffs once again.

Central overcame some key injuries to finish 34-22 last season.  The Bronchos were third in the conference and then won four straight loser's bracket games in the MIAA Tournament to force the "if necessary" finals game before losing and coming up just short in earning a fifth straight national tournament berth.

Cody came to UCO after serving as assistant baseball and softball coach at Edmond Memorial High School.  He was on the baseball staff for four years, helping the Bulldogs reach the state tournament in 2010, and helped coach softball for three years.

White guided the Edmond Stars American Legion team to the state tournament in his one year as head coach and he helped lead the Edmond Memorial American Legion team to a pair of state runner-up finishes during two years as an assistant.

White played baseball at North Central Texas College for one year before spending his final three seasons at Southern Nazarene.

He was a two-time Sooner Athletic Conference Gold Glove Catcher for the Crimson Storm in addition to earning All-SAC honors.

Cody, who received his bachelor’s degree from SNU, is married to former UCO softball standout Hillary Brandt and they have three children (Lillie, Brooks and Miles).

 

Jon Hunter
Assistant Coach

In his sixth year as an assistant softball coach at Central Oklahoma is Jon Hunter, who came to the Bronchos in the fall of 2013 from Edmond North High School.

Hunter has helped lead the Bronchos to an 204-90 record the past five years.  UCO has won 40-plus games four times in the last five years while also qualifying for the NCAA Division II national tournament four times.

Central racked up the second-most wins in school history in 2017, finishing 48-11 while winning the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association regular season and tournament titles.

Jon was an assistant basketball coach at Edmond North from 1999-04, helped with baseball from 2004-13 and served as a softball assistant from 2008-13.
 
Hunter helped lead the ENHS baseball squad to the 2012 Class 6A state championship and he was the interim head coach in the fall of 2012 when the Huskies captured the Class 6A state title.
 
A native of Clinton High School, Hunter played collegiately at St. Gregory’s before graduating from UCO.  He and his wife, Traci, have two daughters (Abby and Halle).

 

Kelsey Berlin
Assistant Coach

In her first year as a full-time assistant coach for Central Oklahoma is Kelsey Berlin, who spent the past three years as a graduate assistant coach for the Bronchos.

Kelsey helped UCO to a 122-53 record and two NCAA Division II national tournament berths during her tenure as graduate assistant.  The Bronchos  captured the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association regular season and tournament titles in 2017 in racking up the second-most wins in school history.

Berlin played one season at UCO after transferring in from Division I Arkansas.  She pitched in 31 games with 20 starts in 2015, finishing 11-8 with  two saves and a 3.24 earned run average while throwing three shutouts and striking out 77 batters in 140 1/3 innings as the Bronchos made it to the national tournament.

Kelsey was a prep star at Northwest High School in Wichita, Kan. before spending two years at Butler County Community College.  She went 15-6 with five shutouts and three saves there while also batting .370 with 24 doubles, nine home runs and 79 runs batted in.

Berlin spent the 2014 season at Arkansas, seeing limited action for the Razorbacks.