Wesleyan Softball Coaching Staff Honored by NFCA

Wesleyan Softball Coaching Staff Honored by NFCA

LOUISVILLE – The eight programs that reached the 2017 Division II National Championships were selected by their peers as the NFCA Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year, announced the Association on Monday evening.

Representing each of the NFCA's eight Division II regions, these respective coaching staffs – West Virginia Wesleyan College (Atlantic), Minnesota State University, Mankato (Central), Molloy College (East), University of Southern Indiana (Midwest), University of West Florida (South), Angelo State University (South Central), Armstrong State  University (Southeast) and Humboldt State University (West)- are now eligible for the NFCA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year award.

The list includes national champions, Minnesota State, national runner-up Angelo State and repeat winners- Humboldt State and Armstrong State. 

The national award will be announced on June 20.

Regional Winners

Atlantic – West Virginia Wesleyan College

Head Coach: Steve Warner

Record: 51-10 | 26-4 Mountain East 

Made first NCAA Championships appearance and advanced to the semifinals… Mountain East Conference regular season and tournament champions… Head coach Steve Warner was named MEC Coach of the Year… The Bobcats put in a 2-2 showing at the championships, which included wins over Molloy and West Florida… 7-3 overall post-season record, including 3-0 in the Atlantic 1 Regional... The victory over West Florida was Warner's 1,000th of his career.

Central – Minnesota State

Head Coach: Lori Meyer

Record: 64-7 | 28-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 

2017 National Champions, the first title in program history and the first at Minnesota State since 2008-09… Swept through the Central Regional No. 2 and went 2-1 in the Super Regionals at No. 1 seed Harding University… Wrapped up the season with a 5-0 undefeated run at the national championships in Salem, Va., which included an identical 5-1 victories over national No. 1 seed Angelo State in the Championship Series… Recorded a program-record 64 wins…Meyer was named NSIC Coach of the Year… Coley Ries was named Schutt Sports/NFCA National Player of the Year.

East – Molloy College 

Head Coach: Susan Cassidy-Lyke

Record: 37-18 | 18-6 East Coast Conference

Reached the program's third National Championships after knocking off Adelphi on the road in the Super Regionals… Earned the East's No. 2 reginal ranking... Finished postseason with a 5-2 mark… Hosted and won the East Regional No. 2 sweeping NYIT, Caldwell and Merrimack… Ended the regular season on a 13-game winning streak.

Midwest – University of Southern Indiana

Head Coach: Sue Kunkle

Record: 46-14 | 19-7 Great Lakes Valley Conference

Reached the program's first National Championships… The Screaming Eagles posted a 5-2 mark in postseason… Swept through Midwest Regional No. 2 and Super Regionals… USI knocked off Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State twice in regionals before knocking off Wayne State in the supers… Claimed the GLVC regular season championship and tournament's No. 1 seed... Kunkle was named GLVC Coach of the Year.

South – University of West Florida

Head Coach: Melissa Paul

Record: 46-15 | 23-9 Gulf South Conference 

Reached the NCAA National Championships for the third time in program history and posted a 1-2 mark in Salem, Va… Swept Lee in the Super Regionals… 46 victories are the most since 2005… NCAA South Region No. 1 seed… Defeated Claflin and Valdosta State (twice) to reach the supers… After a 2-7 start in Gulf South play, rattled off 23 straight wins, including 15-0 mark in league games.

South Central – Angelo State University 

Head Coach: Travis Scott

Record: 60-7 | 26-3 Lone Star Conference

National runners-up… Lone Star Conference regular season champion… Swept through regionals and super regionals as the South Central's No. 1 seed…. Started postseason 8-0 before falling to Minnesota State in National Championship series… Swept through Lubbock Christian and Colorado Mesa (twice) in the regionals and Texas Woman's in the supers… Earned fifth South Central Regional title… Set a program record with 60 victories which matched a LSC record… Ranked No. 1 in the NFCA Poll for seven weeks, including the final five of the regular season... Scott was named Lone Star Coach of the Year.

Southeast – Armstrong State University

Head Coach: Kim Dean

Record: 38-14 | 19-5 Peach Belt Conference

Returned to the NCAA Championships and reached the semifinals for the second straight season… Posted a 7-3 mark in the postseason… No. 3 ranking in the Southeast Region… After losing first NCAA Regional game, won four straight elimination games to earn a trip to Super Regionals… Swept Super Regional matchup at Southeast No. 1 seed North Georgia… Earned wins over West Florida and Humboldt State at NCAA Championships.

West – Humboldt State University

Head Coach: Shelli Sarchett

Record: 44-15 | 22-11 California Collegiate Athletic Association 

Made a return trip to the NCAA National Championships… Posted a 6-2 mark in the postseason, including a 5-0 stretch through Regionals and Super Regionals… CCAA Tournament champions, winning three straight elimination games, including two over Chico State on the final day…  Earned No. 2 seed in the West Region… Started season 11-0 and won 20 of their first 21 games… Won the Desert Stinger Tournament with a 5-0 mark and went 5-1 at the Tournament of Champions.