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Buchta, Patti
Senior Woman Athletics Adminstrator; Lecturer of Physical Education, Sports Administration, and History; Head Softball Coach; Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Department: Athletics - Main Campus
p. 812-749-1265
Office: Tichenor Athletic Building - 100
Degrees: A.S., Wabash Valley College; B.S., Oakland City University; M.A., University of Evansville

A member of the Oakland City University Department of Athletics since 1989, Patti Buchta has been the head softball coach since 1992, where she has led the team to four NCCAA Regional Championships (1998, 2006, 2010, 2016), and seven NCCAA World Series Appearances (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2016), finishing as the National Runner-Up in 1997. Her career record through 25 years of coaching stands at 357-502.

Buchta served as the Head Volleyball Coach at OCU from 1989-2000 and again from 2009-15, earning three NCCAA Regional Championships, and five berths in the NCCAA National Championship Tournament (1998, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Her career volleyball coaching record stands at 267-235.

In addition, Buchta also has served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach from 2003-13, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach from 1990-2001, as Head Women's Golf Coach from 2000-04.

Buchta has served as Senior Woman Athletic Administrator, NCAA Clearinghouse Coordinator, and Director of Transportation since 1999.

The all-time winningest coach in both softball and volleyball, Buchta was elected to the Oakland City University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Before coming to Oakland City University, Buchta coached at Pike Central High School in various capacities from 1982-90, including basketball, volleyball and track, where she still holds one school record in basketball (Season FG%, .610). While a student at Pike Central High School, Buchta earned 12 varsity letters, including four each in basketball and track, three in volleyball and one in tennis.

Coach Buchta continued her playing career at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, playing basketball, softball and volleyball. She then transferred to Oakland City College to play basketball.

Patti is a graduate of Pike Central High School (IN, 1978), Wabash Valley College (IL, 1980) with an associate's degree in General Studies, Oakland City University (IN, 1982) with a BS in Physical Education and History, and holds a Master's of Arts in Education from the University of Evansville (IN, 1987). She currently teaches in the Department of Health and Physical Education.

A lifelong resident of Otwell, Indiana, Buchta resides on her family's 200 acre homestead farm in Pike County.

Chapell, Randy
Assistant Softball Coach

Department: Athletics - Main Campus
Contact: p. 812-749-1265
Office: Tichenor Athletic Building - 100
First Year: 2014

A member of the OCU Softball Coaching Staff since 2014, Randy Chappell is a graduate of Pike Central High School. He went on to play baseball at Olney Central College, and has coached softball at Pike Central High School, Wood Memorial High School, and Loogootee High School.

Gossman, Dave
Assistant Softball Coach

Department: Athletics - Main Campus
Contact: p. 812-749-1265
Office: Tichenor Athletic Building - 103
First Year: 2017

Joining the OCU softball staff for the 2017 spring season, Coach Dave Gossman came with much leadership and coaching experience, having coached at Mater Dei High School, in Evansville, Indiana, for seasons. He earned an overall record of 92-17 while guiding the Wildcats to their first ever undefeated SIAC team, going 28-0 between 2013 and 2014. The Wildcats earned 2013 City, SIAC, Sectional, and Regional championships, and were the runner-up team at the Semi-State lever. Gossman was named IHSAA 2A Head Coach of the Year in 2013, then in 2014 was named Evansville City Coach of the Year and SIAC Coach of the Year.

Gossman attended Mater Dei High School from 1969-73, where he played football, wrestling, baseball and track, and was an inaugural inductee into the Mater Dei High School Athletic Hall of Fame. After high school, he attended the University of Evansville from 1973-77, where he competed in football, wrestling and track. He was inducted into the University of Evansville Hall of Fame in 1991.

Coach Gossman has been married to his wife Jan for 37 years. They have four children and nine grandchildren.