Author: jmcleod

TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER When New Mexico sought out a new assistant coach this summer, the Lobos ultimately turned to a young coach with a solid playing resume and a coaching career diverse at multiple levels. Kristen Hawkins was a four-year starter at Virginia during her playing career and was part of the first postseason victory in Cavalier program history. She finished her career with thirteen home runs and 57 RBIs, as well as 21 doubles to her credit in nearly 150 starts at UVA. After her arrival in Albuquerque, Hawkins talked about her various coaching stops; differences…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER As part of our preseason coverage, we’ll take a conference-by-conference look at the summer’s coaching moves and the impact the Coaching Carousel will have on each league specifically. The ASun has been one of the biggest leagues in the grand scheme of things this summer, officially adding three new members on July 1 and staying busy in the realignment world thereafter; Austin Peay is set to become the newest ASun program in 2022. From a softball perspective, the coaching carousel in the ASun focused more on volume than headline-making name-dropping. Two schools changed hands…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER Ball State has added Tori Magner to their coaching staff, the school announced late last week. Magner will join the Cardinals as an assistant coach, replacing Bethany Allen on the program’s coaching staff. Most recently, Magner spent five seasons on staff at Indiana State. She held a number of roles during her tenure, including being elevated to the interim head coaching position for the latter portion of the 2017 season. She worked with the outfielders and catchers while on staff with the Sycamores, and helped guide the squad to a 20-28 overall record during…

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TRENDING NOW: NCAA TRANSFER TRACKER / COLLEGE COACHING TRACKER When Georgia Southern made a coaching change this summer, the Eagles brought in a head coach that was familiar in the state of Georgia in Sharon Perkins. When it came time to hire a staff, Perkins brought in a familiar name to the program specifically when she hired Mary Beth Dennison as an assistant coach. Dennison was on staff at Michigan, serving as the volunteer assistant coach for the legendary Carol Hutchins. She’s no stranger to coaching in the state of Georgia, with stints at Georgia College and East Georgia State on her resume.…

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When Hurricane Ida made landfall in the southern portion of Louisiana on August 29th, the storm left a path of devastation in its wake. Portions of the state saw significant damage, with buildings and areas completely leveled, as well as flooding and widespread power outages. In the northern part of the state, the city of Monroe was largely spared from the expected effects of the storm. After Ida passed through, Louisiana-Monroe catcher Kelsey Giddens was on the phone with a friend when something he said caught her attention.. That friend, Andrew – himself a native of south Louisiana – was…

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Rutgers head coach Kristen Butler has signed a contract extension, JWOS has learned. Butler’s new deal was officially ratified in the last week; JWOS viewed a copy off the contract through a public record request. The deal will keep Butler at the helm of the Scarlet Knights’ program through the 2025 season and extends her previous deal, which was set to expire in 2022. She will maintain her current salary structure. During her tenure at Rutgers, Butler owns a 47-76 overall record. In her first season in 2019, the Scarlet Knights won 29 games and participated in the National Invitational…

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Rarely, if ever, does a college softball team field a coaching staff that boasts stellar playing resumes as well as legitimate coaching success. A number of coaches fit into one category or the other, but a complete staff that fits both descriptions is a rare and celebrated thing. While broadcasting for Athletes Unlimited this summer, Danielle Lawrie made a comment about how highly-anticipated the new coaching staff is at Arizona. She’s right, and a big reason why is because the entire staff stands impressively at that bridge between playing and coaching success. Look at Caitlin Lowe, for example. Taking over…

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Sahvanna Jaquish is leaving the Dixie State coaching staff. Jaquish revealed her departure in a postgame press conference during the final weekend of the Athletes Unlimited professional season. “Actually, I’m not going back to Dixie State,” Jaquish said during the press conference. “I chose another route that would help me train and be more prepared for next [Athletes Unlimited] season.” The 2021 season was Jaquish’s first on staff at Dixie State, coinciding with the Trailblazers’ inaugural year as a Division 1 program. She helped tutor the Trailblazer offense to a .294 batting average and 36 home runs as a unit;…

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Fall ball is officially in full swing, and some teams are even close to wrapping up their entire fall slates. Softball is back in full force across the country and the 2022 season will be here before we know it. Even as the fall continues, some schools are only just now filling and announcing coaching positions. Some have been on the open market longer than others, but all are filling up just in time to see what their teams are made of while they still can before the season dawns. Here’s a look at some recent and even some unannounced…

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“She is an awesome person that is well liked in our profession. Tonya is very knowledgeable of pitching and knows how to get the most out of her pitchers. We are very fortunate to have her here at Upstate!” USC Upstate head coach Chris Hawkins exuded praise for his new pitching coach when she was hired earlier this summer. Tonya Medders spent the last five years on staff at Georgia Gwinnett and helped guide the program to a pair of NAIA World Series berths during her tenure. She has coached at every level during her career, from junior college upward.…

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