Olivia Van Hook joined the Texas Lutheran Softball coaching staff in 2018. Van Hook serves as an assistant softball coach as well as the TLU facilities director.
Van Hook, Head Coach Wade Wilson and the Bulldogs' coaching staff were named 2019 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year for NCAA Division III and 2019 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff.
Texas Lutheran (40-8) advanced to its first NCAA championship and went a perfect 5-0 in the 2019 finals to claim the first Division III softball crown in school history.
The national championship was TLU's first team championship as a member of the NCAA Division III. The national title was TLU's first since a women's volleyball national championship in the AIAW-II in 1976. TLU has won five team national championships and seven other individual or relay national championships.
The Bulldogs defeated Emory twice on May 27, 2019 in the best-of-three championship series to earn the title and complete a stretch during which they won 19 of 20 games.
In their run to the national championship, TLU went undefeated in the NCAA Marshall (Texas) Regional and 2-1 against Linfield College at the McMinnville (Ore.) Super Regional.
Add their three victories en route to their sixth-straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, and the Bulldogs were 13-1 overall in the postseason this year.
TLU went 18-5 against teams that were ranked or received votes in the NFCA Top 25 this season, including wins over Birmingham-Southern College (twice), Eastern Connecticut State University, East Texas Baptist University (twice), Emory University (twice), Linfield (twice), Southwestern University (five times), Transylvania University (twice), Trine University, and Williams College.
Van Hook was a graduate assistant for St. Mary’s University in 2017-2018. She assisted with the outfielders. She was also a volunteer assistant at Texas State University in 2018 prior to coming to TLU.
Coach Van Hook’s father, Kyle, is currently a professional baseball scout for the Cleveland Indians. Her older brother, Clay, is an assistant baseball coach at Oklahoma University and her brother-in-law, Scott, is an assistant baseball coach at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Prior to entering the coaching realm, Van Hook played two season at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. Van Hook made 118 starts in 119 games, registering a .254 batting average. Van Hook tallied eight doubles, two triples, four home runs and drove in 36 RBI as a Rattler.
She was also a two-year starter at Temple College before transferring to St. Mary's University. Van Hook earned all-conference and all-region honors at Temple College in 2015, advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament.
A native of Brenham, Texas, Van Hook earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary’s University in Exercise and Sports Science in 2017. She has an associate's degree in Physical Education from Temple College.