Van Buren, Ark. native Tori Stafford begins her first season as a graduate manager in 2021 after a four-year playing career at Tulsa.
Appearing in 222 career games and making 191 starts primarily at first base from 2016-19, Stafford finished her career sixth in Tulsa program history recording 1,064 putouts and seventh registering a .988 fielding percentage. Offensively, she hit .249 in four seasons and reached base at a .325 clip while scoring 73 runs and driving in 81. She was a key contributor on three American Athletic Conference Championship teams and three NCAA Tournament squads.
She posted the best offensive numbers of her career as a sophomore in 2017 when Tulsa won its first AAC Regular Season title, ranking third on the team with a .367 batting average against AAC competition, and slashing .329/.400/.456 overall. After the Golden Hurricane claimed their second consecutive AAC Tournament Championship and Stafford earned AAC All-Tournament Team honors, Tulsa reached the championship round of the NCAA Norman Regional before falling twice to eventual national champion, Oklahoma.
In 2020 Stafford served as a graduate manager for her alma mater and the year prior was a strength and conditioning intern for GTS Performance and Fitness in Wisconsin. She has experience coaching travel ball in Oklahoma and has volunteered at the Women’s College World Series assisting the NCAA director of championships.
Stafford finished her prep career as Van Buren High School’s career leader in hits, home runs and RBI and was selected to the Arkansas Class 7A All-State Team in 2015.