Author: jmcleod

Florida State assistant coach Travis Wilson and Penn head coach Leslie King were among a group of four who were inducted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame on Saturday. ​ Wilson, a ‘Noles assistant since 2012, played for various levels of the New Zealand Black Sox national program during separate stints with the program in the 1990s and the late 2000s. Wilson began his national team career as a member of the Junior Black Sox in 1993 and moved up to the Senior team a year later, where he stayed until 1997 when he began a minor league…

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Courtney Martinez will be the new assistant coach at Iowa State, completing first-year head coach Jamie Pinkerton’s staff. Pinkerton previously added pitching coach Kate Sinnott to his staff, and retained Peter Suarez as Director of Operations from the previous administration. Pinkerton was hired as the program’s head coach earlier this month. Martinez was previously the associate head coach at UNLV, where she spent three years on the Rebels staff. Prior to her tenure in Las Vegas, Martinez’s coaching resume includes stints in various roles as an assistant at CSU-Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, and Azusa Pacific. A Cal State Fullerton alum,…

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Former Texas State assistant Peejay Brun will be the new head coach at UT-Arlington, the school announced. Brun spent 2017 in a single-season stint at Texas State, her second tenure at the school in the last decade. Prior to her most recent time at Texas State, Brun spent two seasons at Hawaii-Hilo, where she collected sixty-three wins over the pair of years. In addition to her time at Texas State and Hawaii-Hilo, Brun’s coaching resume also includes stops at Cal State-Dominguez Hills and Siena College, the latter as head coach. She served eight years as an assistant coach at Texas…

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Following on the heels of head coach Clint Myers’ abrupt retirement earlier this week, a new explosive story from Tom Junod and Paula Lavigne of ESPN has sent shockwaves through the sport. With a headline that reached the ESPN television BottomLine and sat as a recommended story on the network’s website, the investigative report detailed allegations from former players, including one, Alexa Nemeth, who filed a Title IX complaint against the school. Nemeth was cut from the Tigers’ roster following the 2017 season. A legal representative for Nemeth, a freshman who redshirted during the 2017 season, sent a 14-page letter to Auburn…

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In a move that is sure to take the college softball world by storm, Auburn head coach Clint Myers announced his retirement tonight. Myers, who led Arizona State to two national championships before joining Auburn prior to the 2014 season, turned around the Tiger program in short order, leading the Tigers to back-to-back 55+-win seasons in 2015 and 2016 and advancing to the Women’s College World Series championship series in ’16. The Tigers won back-to-back SEC tournament championships in 2015 and 2016, the first-ever in the school’s history. In 2017, the Tigers failed to three-peat thanks to upstart eventual champion Ole…

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Tennessee legendary pitcher Monica Abbott will be one of eight ex-Vols to join the school’s Hall of Fame later this year. Abbott, an Olympic gold medal winner and the program’s most-heralded alum, was a four-time all-American during her time in the orange and white and was named the National Collegiate Player of the Year in 2007. The SEC’s Pitcher of the Year in three consecutive seasons from 2005-2007, Abbott also helped the Lady Vols reach the Women’s College World Series in each of the same years. When her career in Knoxville ended, Abbott held four NCAA career records, including the…

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Arizona legendary head coach Mike Candrea has agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Tucson through 2022. Candrea has spent thirty-two seasons at the helm of the Wildcats, collecting more than 1,500 victories along the way. He boasts a .796 career winning percentage and is the all-time wins leader at the Division I level. A 12-time conference coach of the year, Candrea’s program’s accolades include eleven conference championships and ninety-nine all-American players, as well as five National Players of the Year. The head coach of the US national team in 2004 and 2008, Candrea led the…

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Ole Miss and head coach Mike Smith have agreed to a contract extension that will keep the 2017 JWOS Coach of the Year in Oxford through 2021. The deal meets the state of Mississippi’s maximum with the four-year extension, and lets the Rebels hold on to the coach who led them to their first-ever SEC tournament championship, NCAA tournament national seed, and Super Regional berth, all of which happened during the 2017 season. Smith, who in 2018 will begin his fourth season in Oxford, engineered a remarkable turnaround for his squad, taking the program from a point of missing the…

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Who is she? Shelby Babcock, a former pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats. What is she known for? Babcock was among the line of star hurlers to go through Tucson and was named to the conference’s all-Freshman team in 2011. Her finest season arguably came in 2012, when she put together a 21-10 record and 164 strikeouts in 197 innings of work. Here’s something interesting… Shelby played her high school ball at Legacy High School in Colorado. Her high school coach was Dawn Gaffin, the mother of former Tennessee star and current SEC Network analyst Rainey Gaffin. Quotable quote: “My favorite memory from my…

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Fresno State star hurler Kamalani Dung has left the Bulldogs program and will transfer to become a Cal Golden Bear in 2018. Dung, who completed her sophomore season in 2017, enjoyed a breakout campaign this past season, her first as the Bulldogs ace. The now-former Bulldog announced both her departure and new choice of school via social media. It was not immediately clear if Dung would be granted a release from Fresno State to be eligible to play right away for Cal, or if she would be required to redshirt the 2018 season. Contacted by JWOS, Fresno State declined comment,…

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