Head Softball Coach
Cody Hooper begins his 12th season as the head coach of the Ranger softball program and has been the only coach since the program’s inception. Hooper holds a 300-280 overall record in 11 seasons since the program started at Northwestern in 2001.
Hooper has guided the Lady Rangers to six seasons of 30 or more wins and has appeared in two Region VI Tournaments. Under his leadership, Northwestern has been to the conference tournament 10 consecutive seasons.
In 11 seasons, Hooper has coached one NAIA All-American (Dana Gandolfo), 20 Sooner Athletic Conference all-conference selections, including 15 first-team members, and 13 second-team selections. In addition, he has produced four Region VI selections and four NAIA Academic All-Americans.
A native of Farmington, N.M., Hooper double-majored at Northwestern, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1985 and with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1990. In May of 2002, Hooper earned a master’s degree in secondary education.
Hooper was a strong pitcher for the Ranger baseball team during his four-year stint (1982-85) and was selected as an Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference first-team pitcher in 1985.
He is married to Machelle, an Alva High School graduate, and has two sons: Taylor, 22, who plays football for the Rangers; and Ty, 16.
Student Assistant Softball Coach
After playing two years for Northwestern, Christina Mueller will start her second season on the Ranger softball coaching staff.
Mueller hit .280 in 2010 while playing in 53 games. She had eight doubles and five home runs while anchoring first base.
Before arriving in Alva, she played two seasons at Hutchinson Community College (Kan.).
From Delaware, Mueller is working on a degree in health and sports science.