Northwestern Oklahoma State Softball Camps
Head Coach Jill DeVries
Jill is entering her second season as the Head Softball Coach for the Lady Ranger Softball team.
Coach DeVries took over during the first conference series of the season and following a rough start to the season, the team experienced a revival under Coach Devries and finished the season with a 16-23 record during her guidance. The resurgence of the program under her guidance earned her a promotion to a full time position towards the latter part of the season.
Coach DeVries' team in her inaugural year in the black-and-red finished just one game away from qualifying for the GAC post-season tournament. That team also featured a pair of Honorable Mention All-Conference performers in Madison McGraw and Madison Garza.
Prior to joining the Northwestern softball staff, Coach DeVries held the assistant position at the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. She was a member of the staff for two full years and her responsibilities included coaching third base, working with catchers as well as outfielders.
Some of the accomplishments while a member of the Bulldog coaching staff, she coached one All-American, three All-Conference players, five All-Region players and four players that were named Academic All-Conference selections. The team also made the 2016 SCIAC conference tournament following a successful 26-16 campaign.
Before arriving at Redlands, Coach DeVries was the lead assistant at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. where she assisted in all aspects of the softball program.
She was very accomplished as a part of the Skidmore staff as well, as the team finished 6-6 in conference play, following just a two-win conference record the year prior. The coaching staff was also named the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
From 2011-2013, Coach Devries was a Graduate Assistant for the Elmira College softball program. She was an integral part of the operation there for the Soaring Eagles. As the graduate assistant, Coach DeVries had full-time assistant duties, which ultimately prepared her for her future coaching positions.
Following a dismal one-win conference victory count in 2012, Coach DeVries helped the program make a large turnaround in 2013 where EC won eight conference games, good enough for a second-place finish in the Empire 8 conference. They carried an overall 25-14 record, including a 13-1 home slate.
Prior to becoming a coach at Elmira, Coach DeVries was a standout Division I athlete at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. She was a catcher and big hitter for the Hoyas during her four years there.
She is also a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown where she majored in American Studies while minoring in History.
Coach Jill DeVries now resides in Alva with her husband Zeke.