Hall of Famer Robert Wakefield has been named the new head coach of the Mid-America Christian Lady Evangels softball team, replacing Jerald Lewis, who stepped down after guiding the program for the past six years.
Wakefield brings a highly decorated resume to MACU, as he has been inducted into both the Oklahoma High School Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch Coaches' Association Hall of Fame.
"Coach Wakefield brings years of successful coaching experiences to our softball program," MACU Athletic Director Willie Holley said.
"His accomplishments speak for themselves, as he is a High School Hall of Famer in both Slow Pitch and Fast Pitch and has received numerous Coach of the Year awards. All of that coupled with spiritual leadership spells success for our softball program."
Prior to arriving at MACU, Wakefield was the head coach of the Moore High School Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch Softball teams for 11 years.
He also served as head coach of the Plainview HS Fast Pitch Softball squad for 14 years and guided Plainview's baseball program for 19 seasons.
Overall in his coaching career, Wakefield has won a combined 1,100 games as both a Softball and Baseball head coach, including a sparkling record of 465-186 in Fast Pitch Softball.
He has coached over 25 All-State athletes in softball and baseball and has led his Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch Softball squads to two state championships each, along with 11 regional Slow Pitch championships and seven regional titles in Fast Pitch.
Wakefield also coached his baseball teams to 16 district titles and five regional championships.
He has received Coach of the Year selections by the Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma Coaches' Association and the Daily Ardmoreite, while also being named the Region V Coach of the Year and the National Federation of Coaches Sectional Coach of the Year.
"I am looking forward to creating a new era of tradition and success in MACU softball," Wakefield said.
"I am a firm believer that all things are possible with perseverance and a positive goal- oriented attitude. I look forward to guiding our young ladies to grow as athletes and young adults."
Wakefield graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.