Author: jmcleod

Northwestern State deputy athletic director Dr. Haley Taitano has been appointed to the NCAA Softball Rules Committee. Taitano will fill the FCS Senior Woman Administrator position on the committee. The spot is being vacated by Central Arkansas SWA Natalie Shock, by virtue of UCA’s transition from the Southland Conference to the ASun Conference which will take place on July 1. By filling Shock’s position on the committee, Taitano will also take over her term. Normally four years in full, Taitano will serve a 3-year term ending in August 2024. Now in her fifth season as an athletic administrator at Northwestern…

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Elise Menaker’s broadcasting career is blossoming as she was recently named as a broadcast analyst for Iowa Cubs baseball games. In early June, Menaker was selected to analyze a slate of games for the AAA team that would air on Marquee Sports Network. The regional channel, which is owned by the Cubs and exclusively broadcasts the franchise’s content, is slated to show a dozen Iowa Cubs games through the summer, according to an announcement about Menaker’s assignment. Menaker joined Marquee Sports Network in February 2020, prior to the network’s official launch. She has worked for the channel since that time,…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly is retiring from coaching, the school announced on Wednesday. Ralph Weekly’s 1,450 career victories are fourth all-time in the NCAA. The victor in 75% of games he’s coached during his career, Weekly coached at Pacific Lutheran and Chattanooga before taking the helm at Tennessee. Under the guidance of the Weeklys, the Lady Vols have reached the NCAA tournament every year since 2004; have hosted sixteen straight Regionals; and reached the Women’s College World Series seven times. Along with co-head coach and wife Karen, Ralph Weekly earned SEC Co-Coach of…

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Central Arkansas is undergoing a change at the head coaching position, with longtime leader David Kuhn departing the program and veteran assistant coach Jenny Parsons being named as the program’s new head coach. Kuhn has been named the head coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in south Mississippi. He is the winningest coach in UCA program history, assembling 380 wins during his 13-year tenure with the Bears, and led the program to a second-place finish in the Southland conference standings during the 2021 season. Parsons has been on staff in Conway for the last decade, coaching the team’s pitching…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER Germaine Fairchild has stepped down as the head coach of Purdue Fort Wayne, the school announced on Wednesday. Fairchild spent the last seven seasons as the Mastodons’ head coach, assembling a 70-243 overall record with a 25-93 conference showing. Fairchild led the Mastodons through the transition from the Summit League to the Horizon League, a transition completed in 2021. During the 2021 season, the Mastodons were 12-27 overall with an 11-24 mark in Horizon League conference play. Playing a larger conference schedule than usual, PFW reached double-digit wins in conference play for the first…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER Tennessee catcher Ally Shipman is departing the Lady Vols program and will transfer, sources informed JWOS on Tuesday. The junior catcher is expected to enter the transfer portal this week, though her name has not yet been entered as of Tuesday evening. She has two years of eligibility remaining following the 2021 season. Shipman owns a .331 career batting average, with thirteen home runs and a .577 slugging percentage to her credit. As the Lady Vols’ starting catcher throughout her career, Shipman has made just five field errors and owns a ,992 career fielding…

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Mandy Burford-Johnson’s resignation as the Samford head coach leaves the Bulldogs on the hunt for a new head coach. Burford-Johnson spent a decade as the program’s head coach and led the squad to 237 wins during her tenure. The Bulldogs won 40 games in 2016 and, while they were never able to replicate that success, generally find themselves in the conversation for a SoCon championship in most years. In Burford-Johnson’s stead, the school will certainly want to find a new coach who can continue to contend for titles and perhaps return the program to mid-2010s form. Could one of these…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER Angie Churchill is the new head coach at Seton Hall, the school announced on Monday. Churchill joins the Pirates’ program after spending the last four years as the head coach at Hartford. During her tenure with the Hawks, Churchill assembled a 42-80 overall record with a 10-43 conference showing. After going winless in conference play during her inaugural season with the program, the Hawks were 12-29 over the last two seasons. Proir to her arrival, the program had won 21 games in four years. Under Churchill’s guidance, Danielle Rocheleau became one of the best hitters…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER Georgia has named Tony Baldwin as head coach, removing the “interim” title that Baldwin has held for the last few weeks. Baldwin spent the last seven years as the Bulldogs’ assistant and associate head coach, after being elevated to the latter title in 2016. During his tenure, he helped lead the program to a pair of Women’s College World Series appearances, in 2018 and 2021. In 2018, the Bulldogs had the nation’s 3rd-best batting average and played the 5th-strongest national schedule during the 2021 campaign. During the summer of 2019, Baldwin served as an…

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Tennessee is hiring Chris Malveaux as an assistant coach, sources confirmed to JWOS on Sunday. Malveaux joins the Lady Vols after three years on staff at Missouri, where he was the team’s hitting coach and shepherded the Tigers’ offense to an impressive 2021 season at the plate. Under his guidance, the squad finished with a .320 batting average and 91 home runs, with 382 runs scored and 184 extra base hits on the year. In the NCAA tournament, the Tigers were selected as the #8 national seed and hosted both a Regional and Super Regional, falling one win shy of…

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