Former Sooner Carey Inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
TOPEKA, Kan. – Former University of Oklahoma softball All-American Lisa Carey was one of 11 inductees into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame this past weekend. Carey is the first softball player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame and joined Olympians Tara Nott Cunningham and Anna Seaton Huntington and volleyball coach Joan Wells as the female inductees in the class of 2010.
“I am honored to be a part of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame,” Carey said. “It’s especially exciting to be the first softball player inducted. It was a very special day for me and my family.”
Carey was a three-time all-American at Oklahoma, earning first team honors in 2000. She earned all-region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association three and led Oklahoma to its first national championship in 2000. The four-time All-Big 12 honoree was named to the Women’s College World Series tournament team that same season and was also the Big 12 Player of the Year in 2000.
“Lisa Carey is without question one of the best athletes to ever wear a Sooner softball uniform,” said OU head coach Patty Gasso. “She was a fierce competitor who loved to win and backed it up with a great work ethic.
“While she received numerous individual honors at OU, I know the honor she cherishes the most is being called a national champion. She has paved the way for future Sooner softball athletes who try to live up to that standard every year.”
Carey has been the head softball coach at Washburn University in Topeka since 2002. With a record of 213-165, she is the all-time winningest coach at the university and the Lady Blues have made three Division II tournament appearances under Carey.