Oklahoma State softball coach Kenny Gajewski gets new contract ahead of WCWS appearance
STILLWATER — Fresh off Friday night’s victory that clinched a spot in the Women’s College World Series, Oklahoma State and softball coach Kenny Gajewski have agreed on a new contract that will keep him with the Cowgirls through the 2027 season, the school announced Saturday.
Currently in his seventh season at OSU, Gajewski has now coached the Cowgirls to three consecutive WCWS appearances, and earlier this season, the team won its first-ever Big 12 Tournament title, taking down No. 1 OU in the championship game.
“Coach Gajewski has built Cowgirl softball into a perennial national contender,” OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg said in a statement.
“He has established Stillwater as a destination for elite softball players and model student-athletes. Consistent leadership is important to build a championship program the right way. Kenny wants to continue what he has started here, and there is no one better to do so. We look forward to him leading OSU softball for a long time.”
Financial details of Gajewski’s new contract were not immediately available.
The timing of Saturday’s news is critical for OSU, with the recent announcement that a prominent SEC program is now in the market for a new coach.
Texas A&M elected not to renew the contract of Jo Evans, who had led the Aggies the past 26 seasons. In that time, Evans compiled a 987-503-2 record, including 22 postseason appearances and three trips to the WCWS, the last coming in 2017.
The seventh-seeded Cowgirls defeated 10th-seeded Clemson 5-1 on Friday night to conclude a sweep of the best-of-three Stillwater Super Regional and punch their ticket to the WCWS. The victory was No. 267 of Gajewski’s seven-year career as a head coach.
“My family and I are grateful for the opportunity to continue leading the Cowgirl softball program because from the moment we arrived in Stillwater, we knew this was home,” Gajewski said in the release.
“There is a shared vision between Chad Weiberg, Dr. Kayse Shrum and myself, and this is another step toward showing the national audience that softball is important here at Oklahoma State.”
Gajewski’s contract is still pending board approval.
The Cowgirls will be back in action on Thursday in the first round of the WCWS at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, facing the winner of the super regional between Arizona and Mississippi State.
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