|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Other Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|City/State:||Stratford, Ontario, Canada|
• Fourth-Place Finish at 2008 Beijing Olympics as Team Canada Head Coach
• AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year (2002)
• Four-Time NFCA Midwest Region Staff of the Year (1998, 2002, 2013 & 2014)
• Set More Than 20 Pitching Records at Nebraska
• Coached Four Pitchers to Five All-America Accolades at Nebraska
• Coached 11 Pitchers to 25 All-Region Accolades at Nebraska
• Produced More All-Region Pitchers Than Any Coach in the Midwest Region
• Coached 11 Pitchers to 27 All-Conference Accolades at Nebraska
• International Softball Federation Hall of Fame Inductee (2005)
• Softball Canada Hall of Fame Inductee (1993)
• Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee (Inaugural Class, 2015)
• Nebraska Softball Hall of Fame Inductee (1997)
• Softball Canada Jersey Retired (1999)
• First Husker to Have Her Jersey Retired (No. 16 in 1995)
• 1996 Olympian (Team Canada)
• 16-Year Member of Canadian National Team
• Three-Time ASA All-American (1993, 1994 & 1995)
• Three-Time ASA National Champion (1993, 1994 & 1995)
• Member of Two Women's College World Series Teams at Nebraska
• CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (1988)
• Honda Award Nominee (1988)
• Two-Time Second-Team All-American (1986 & 1987)
• Ended Her Career With 17 Individual Nebraska Records
One of the best pitchers in NCAA history is also one of the sport's best pitching coaches. As a player, Lori Sippel was a two-time All-American at Nebraska, the 1988 Academic All-American of the Year and a 1996 Olympian. She earned the highest honor a player can receive in 2005, when Sippel became the 24th female player inducted to the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame and just the fifth from the United States or Canada.
Sippel has arguably accomplished just as much as a coach as she did in her distinguished playing career. Entering her 31st season at Nebraska in 2020 and her 18th as associate head coach, Sippel has made Lincoln a destination for top pitchers. Sippel has helped Nebraska set nearly every team pitching record during her tenure, while her pitchers have often played the leading role in the Huskers' 20 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 25 years, including three trips to the Women's College World Series.
Individually, Sippel has produced more all-region pitchers than any other pitching coach in the Midwest region. In the last 25 years, Nebraska has averaged at least one all-region (25) and all-conference (27) pitcher per season, a remarkable accomplishment for a sport where teams frequently rely on only one pitcher. Sippel has also tutored pitchers to honors on the national and international levels, producing five All-Americans and two Olympians.
Nebraska Pitching Dominant Under Sippel
Nebraska has annually boasted one of the country's top pitching staffs under the direction of Lori Sippel, widely regarded as one of the nation's premier pitching coaches. Sippel has helped Nebraska post an ERA lower than the national average in 22 of her first 30 seasons, including 20 of the last 26 years. Fifteen times Nebraska's season ERA has been more than one run lower than the national average, while the Huskers' average ERA is almost 1.00 lower than the national average during Sippel's tenure.
In the last 22 years, Sippel's staffs have posted an ERA under 2.00 14 times. During that time, Nebraska has ranked in the top 30 nationally in ERA 10 times, including two top-15 rankings in the past seven seasons. The Huskers average a shutout almost once every five games during Sippel's tenure, and Nebraska has allowed one run or less in 40 percent of its games since Sippel became the Huskers' pitching coach in 1990.
Sippel Develops a Star Pitcher Seemingly Every Year
Lori Sippel has consistently developed All-America-caliber pitchers during her first 30 seasons as the Huskers' pitching coach. Over the past two decades, Sippel has produced a star pitcher practically every year. During the last 25 seasons dating back to 1995, Nebraska has averaged more than one all-region pitcher per season, with all-region pitchers advancing to the All-America ballot. In a sport where teams often rely on one primary pitcher, it speaks volumes to Sippel's coaching ability that Nebraska has averaged more than one all-region and all-conference pitcher over the last 24 seasons.
Sippel's Staffs Set School Records
Nebraska's pitching records have been consistently re-written during Lori Sippel's tenure as the Husker pitching coach. Sippel's staffs have set every Nebraska team pitching record except for ERA and saves. The top 11 season win totals in school history have all come under Sippel's watch, along with the seven highest strikeout seasons and the top four shutout seasons.
Sippel Also Excels as Nebraska's Outfield Coach
In addition to being the Huskers' pitching coach, Lori Sippel is also in charge of Nebraska's outfielders. Sippel has excelled in that area as well. Kiki Stokes earned third-team All-America honors as Nebraska's center fielder in both 2015 and 2016. Sippel has coached 14 all-region outfielders, 27 all-conference performers, three All-Americans and six academic All-Americans.
Sippel a Cornhusker for Life
Lori Sippel has spent the better part of three decades as a Nebraska Cornhusker. Sippel starred in the circle for the Huskers from 1985 to 1988. After spending the 1989 season as an assistant coach at Kansas, Sippel returned to Nebraska in 1990 and has been in the Husker dugout ever since. Counting her playing days, Sippel has been with the Nebraska softball program for 35 of the last 36 seasons. During that time, she has been a part of 15 conference championships and five Women's College World Series teams.
Sippel Re-Wrote Husker Record Book as Player
Lori Sippel is arguably the best pitcher in the history of Nebraska softball. The first Husker to have her jersey retired, Sippel was a two-time All-American in the circle and was the 1988 Softball Academic All-American of the Year. In 2015, she was one of 23 members of the inaugural Nebraska Athletics Hall-of-Fame class.
One of only two Husker pitchers to be a two-time All-American, Sippel ended her career with a 73-23 record and a 0.54 ERA in 695.1 innings. She added 838 strikeouts, 39 shutouts, 16 saves, 80 complete games, six no-hitters and one perfect game. Sippel ended her career owning records in nine of the 10 categories tracked by NU. Entering 2020 she still holds Husker all-time records for ERA, saves, no-hitters and perfect games.
Sippel also set NU season records for win percentage (.870 in 1987), innings (245.2 in 1988), ERA (0.37 in 1986), strikeouts (285 in 1988), shutouts (14 in 1988) and complete games (29 in 1988). Her ERA record still stands today.