The Red River Rivalry just got much more interesting with the news on Wednesday as Texas Head Coach Connie Clark hired Tripp Mackay to be her Asst Coach and hitting coach of the Longhorns.
MacKay will be taking over the position previously held by Corrie Hill, who spent the last 11 years overseeing all aspects of the Texas offense while serving as bench coach on Clark’s staff.
MacKay will now be working for Clark after going against her for many years as Mackay served eight seasons as part of Patty Gasso’s coaching staff from 2007-2015 at the University of Oklahoma, where as an assistant, Mackay was responsible for working primarily with OU’s outfielders and offense.
Mackay helped the Sooners win the National title in 2013 with an offense that led the country in runs scored per contest (7.8) and slugging percentage (.582), while also rating in the Division I top 10 in batting average (.333), home runs per game (1.54) and doubles per game (1.57). The powerful lineup also established the NCAA single-season record for walks with 348 and set Big 12 season marks for runs scored (476), RBIs (444), slugging and on-base percentage
“Tripp is one of the best coaches in the business,” Clark said in Texas Press Release. “His specialty is with the offense, but he studies every aspect of the game and prepares athletes at an exceptionally elite level. His energy, passion and knowledge shine when he is teaching student-athletes. I wanted an immediate impact guy for our open assistant position and with Coach MacKay, we got that. He will be a tremendous compliment to our coaching staff.”
MacKay currently is working with the newest National Pro Fastpitch expansion team, the Scrap Yard Dawgs. During his time with the organization, he has been in charge of overseeing player and coach development as well as development camps and clinics while currently serving as the team’s co-head coach.
Mackay will have to wait for a return to Norman more then likely until 2018 as the Longhorns are scheduled to host the Sooners in 2017.