Renae Sinkler-O'Gorman | Assistant Coach
Two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Renae Sinkler-O’Gorman returns to the Bluejay dugout for her sixth season as an assistant coach. The 2010 NFCA All-America first baseman works with hitters, pitchers, outfielders and infielders.
Sinkler-O’Gorman was a part of the 2013 MVC Coaching Staff of the Year, helping the Bluejays claim their first MVC regular season title since her playing days in 2009.
Last season, she directed senior Aujanae McCoy and freshmen Ashley Cantu and Sam Dellinger to All-BIG EAST honors.
In 2016 Sinkler-O’Gorman helped senior Michelle Trulin and junior Allie Reinhart become the first pair of Bluejay outfielders make the all-conference teams in the same season since 2004, as both made the All-BIG EAST Second Team and Creighton finished in fifth place in the league.
During the 2015 season, she guided senior Liz Dike to an All-BIG EAST First Team selection as well as junior Blake Ringle and Reinhart to the Second Team.
The Bluejays finished fourth in their inaugural season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference in 2014. Creighton finished with an overall record of 29-24 and a conference record of 10-10. The Bluejays finished league play strong by reeling off four straight victories to earn a bid to the BIG EAST Softball Championship before top-seeded DePaul ended their NCAA tournament hopes by defeating the Jays. Sinkler-O’Gorman helped develop seniors Alexis Cantu and Blair Lowe as well as Dike as they earned spots on All-BIG EAST teams.
The Bluejays surprised some in the MVC by winning the regular-season title in 2013 after being picked fourth in the preseason poll. Despite earning a No. 1 seed, Creighton fell 1-0 to UNI in the MVC tournament semifinals after a game-opening leadoff home run that proved to be the difference. Senior Amy Baker’s record-setting year led the Jays to a 29-18 overall record and 15-7 conference mark.
Sinkler-O’Gorman’s impact paid off in 2012 as a potent Bluejay offense scored at least 10 runs in a game 11 times and scored a school record 294 runs. CU led the MVC with a .292 batting average, 56 homers, 275 RBIs and a .464 slugging percentage, and ended the year ranked in the NCAA top-30 in scoring (No. 20), home runs per game (No. 22) and slugging percentage (No. 27).
Sinkler-O’Gorman won a title in each of her four seasons with the Bluejays as a player, as Creighton won three straight regular-season titles from 2007 to 2009 and a Valley tournament championship in 2007 and 2010. She also helped lead the Jays to three NCAA Regional appearances in her career.
The Lincoln, Nebraska, native put together the greatest offensive season in school history as a senior in 2010, setting single-season school records for runs (59), RBI (58), total bases (147), slugging percentage (.880), on-base percentage (.514) and hit a Missouri Valley Conference-record 24 home runs. She ranked fourth in the NCAA in home runs per game and sixth in slugging percentage, earning NFCA Third Team All-America honors as a senior.
Sinkler-O’Gorman crushed a then Creighton record and ranked third all-time in MVC history with 50 career home runs. She also owned school records of 146 RBI and 391 total bases at the end of her playing career. A member of three Bluejay NCAA Tournament teams, she earned MVC First Team honors three times, NFCA All-Region honors twice and is one of four players in league history to repeat as MVC Player of the Year.
Along the way Sinkler-O’Gorman earned USA Softball’s National Player of the Week recognition on April 14, 2008 as a sophomore after hitting .700 and driving in nine runs, including three RBIs during Creighton’s 13-1 defeat of Nebraska in her hometown.
Sinkler-O’Gorman graduated from Creighton in 2011 with a degree in graphic design and minors in computer science and web design.
She married Paul O’Gorman during the summer of 2017. The couple is expecting their first child in February of 2018.
Micaela Whitney | Assistant Coach
Creighton softball head coach Brent Vigness announced the hiring of former pitcher Micaela Whitney as an assistant coach for Bluejay softball program on Oct. 9, 2017.
Whitney will primarily work with Bluejay pitchers, while helping in other areas as needed.
The former Creighton right-hander (2015-16) served as an assistant coach and pitching coach for the varsity softball team at Lewis Central High School (Council Bluffs, Iowa) for three seasons (2014-16), and helped guide the Titans to a 2.12 team-ERA during the summer of 2016.
She also assisted as the pitching coach at Papillion-La Vista South High School during the fall of 2016, and has given private pitching lessons in the Omaha area.
Whitney spent this past summer playing professionally for Terrasvogels in Haarlem, Netherlands, and helped the team finish runner-up at the European Cup. She earned acclaim as the International Baseball Community’s Top Softball Pitcher Overseas for the 2017 summer season.
The Omaha, Nebraska, native, led the BIG EAST in strikeouts with 86 during league play as a senior at Creighton in 2016. She ended her two-year Bluejay career with a 3.24 ERA in 257.0 innings of work with 234 strikeouts, 17 victories, seven shutouts and two saves. Whitney also recorded two no-hitters during 41 starts, including one during her first start as a Bluejay on Feb. 5, 2015.
Prior to playing at Creighton, Whitney spent two seasons at the University of Iowa and led the Hawkeyes with a 2.89 ERA during her freshman year (2013).
Whitney graduated from Creighton with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in December of 2016.