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High school fastpitch softball: Southmoore coach Jeff Small retires

Jeff Small has retired as head coach of the Southmoore fastpitch softball team.

Small told his players and the school’s athletic administration he was retiring on Monday.

Small, 63, began his tenure at Southmoore when it opened in 2008. He built the program into a powerhouse, winning Class 6A state championships in 2013 and 2016. He coached several star players, including Florida State’s Sydney Sherrill and Texas Tech’s Trenity Edwards.  

Small coached several sports throughout his 37-year career.  

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017. He earned 511 wins in 21 seasons at Southmoore and Plainview. 

Small retired from teaching in May. He liked the group of players he had this year and wanted to coach one more season.

Small told The Oklahoman he hasn’t decided what he will do during his retirement. 

“I’ll be able to find things to keep me busy,” he said. “I’m going to travel some. Just see what the next chapter is going to be. I’m not totally sure what it’s going to be yet, but I’m looking forward to it.”  

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Jeff Small led the Southmoore fastpitch softball team to Class 6A state championship wins in 2013 and 2016. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Jeff Small led the Southmoore fastpitch softball team to Class 6A state championship wins in 2013 and 2016. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. The 22-year-old was born and raised in Norman, and he played baseball at Norman North High School. He is a senior at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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