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Pam Parnell Fink’s 567 coaching wins in softball is an OBU record for all women’s athletics. She was named head coach in 1993 and took the Lady Bison to a school record five consecutive regional tournaments. She was inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2000. Coach Fink guided the Lady Bison to the NAIA Final Four in 2002, marking their first appearance in the tournament in 20 years. That squad set a record with 43 wins as Fink claimed Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors. The OBU women reached the NAIA Tournament again in 2003 and 2014.
As a player, she is one of only six Lady Bison softball players to earn NAIA All-America honors. She was All-District 9 for three years and holds the OBU record for season batting average. A career starter at shortstop and clean-up hitter, she is the all-time leader in assists. Her career .342 batting average is third all-time, behind two players whom she coached. She also carried a career .344 batting average against All-American pitchers, including a 1-2 outing against two-time Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith.
She graduated from OBU in 1988 and began the softball program at Sumter County High School in Georgia in 1990, earning Area Coach of the Year honors in her second season there. She earned a master’s degree from East Central University in 1998.
Since returning to OBU, the Lady Bison softball program has generated three National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Team Top Ten awards, including the national academic champions of 2001, and produced 26 NAIA All-America Scholar Athletes She and her husband, Ray, have two children, Kelly and Collin.
Hutchcraft joined OBU from her teaching and coaching post at Shawnee Middle School and returns to a program that has her name in its record books. She graduated in 2009 with school career (46), single season (17) and single game (3) home run records, along with school marks for career runs and walks. Her .378 career batting average is second on the all-time list. She also is second in all-time hits and third in all-time RBI at OBU.
Hutchcraft was a four-time All-Conference selection and started all 213 games of her OBU career. She also a 2007 All-America and Diamond Sports NAIA Catcher of the Year to go with Sooner Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year honors. She was twice named a NAIA Scholar Athlete.
"Being able to get Jayme back here is an important step for our program," said Lady Bison Head Coach Pam Fink. "This is a huge hire for us. She knows this program and the university and believes in what we're trying to accomplish. Jayme has always been a hard-worker and she's someone our girls are going to love playing for."
Hutchcraft played softball at Shawnee High School under her father, Coach Todd Boyer. There, she was All-State and Suburban Conference MVP.
Hutchcraft married Andrew Hutchcraft in 2012. The Hutchcrafts are members at Rock Creek Baptist Church where Jayme is a youth sponsor and pre-K Sunday School teacher.
Alison Tunnell joined the OBU softball staff in 2012 after a four-year career as a player for the Lady Bison.
She was a two-time All-Conference first baseman/designated player and finished her career with a .325 career batting average. She also finished second in all-time home runs, sixth in all-time RBI and seventh in all-time hits at OBU.
A native of Sapulpa, Tunnell graduated with a degree in sports and recreation management and was a Dean’s Honor Roll student at OBU.