3-1-2011 March 1 Update

HUTCHINS IN UM HALL OF FAME

Three individuals with University of Michigan ties were named members of the eight-person 2011 induction class into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame today (Wednesday, Feb. 23). Head softball coach Carol Hutchins, former head football coach Lloyd Carr (1995-2007) and former cross country and track athlete Greg Meyer (1973-77) will be honored at the MSHOF’s 55th Annual Induction Event in September.

“Carol, Greg and Lloyd have been role models for student-athletes, coaches and fans for many years,” said U-M director of athletics Dave Brandon. “They have distinguished themselves in their chosen sport and they have been great representatives of the University of Michigan and our Athletic Department. Congratulations to Carol, Greg and Lloyd on their selection to the State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.” The winningest coach in Michigan athletics history, Carol Hutchins boasts a 1,166-401-4 career record in her 27th season at the helm of the Wolverine softball program. Hutchins has led U-M to the Women’s College World Series in nine of the last 16 seasons, and, in 2005, the Maize and Blue became the first program east of the Mississippi River to claim the NCAA national championship when it defeated UCLA, 4-1, in the 10th inning of the championship finale. Her squads have also captured 13 Big Ten regular-season titles, 13 NCAA Regional crowns and eight Big Ten Tournament championships.  

The Wolverines have received 46 total All-America citations under Hutchins, including 14 first-team nods, while 10 have earned Academic All-America accolades. Michigan players have been named Big Ten Player of the Year 14 times, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year 12 times and Big Ten Freshman of the Year 10 times during her coaching tenure. Wolverine players have accumulated 107 Academic All-Big Ten awards, 141 All-Big Ten citations and 93 All-Mideast or All-Great Lakes Region certificates.

“Hutch” has been a part of the Michigan softball program since 1983 when she joined the staff as an assistant coach under Bob DeCarolis. She has earned 11 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors, eight NFCA Regional Coach of the Year awards and a pair of NFCA National Coach of the Year honors. The Hutchins-led Michigan coaching staff has garnered Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in nine of the last 12 seasons and was named Speedline/NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time in 2005. Hutchins was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006 and is a member of the Greater Lansing Athletic Hall of Fame and the Metro Detroit Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.

 2011 NPF College Senior Draft Presented by MIKEN

NASHVILLE – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and its four-affiliate teams will hold the 2011 NPF Senior Draft presented by Miken on March 18, 2011.  The Draft will be streamed at 8pm EST from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. For the third consecutive year the NPF will broadcast the Draft on MLB.com.

“The NPF College Senior Draft is an event we all look forward to. It is a time for us to see who the NPF Owners and Coaches believe are the talents for the future of professional fastpitch softball. We are in a great place right now in building the League, and these draftees will certainly play a role in that process,” stated NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf.

The 2010 Draftees made a significant impact during the NPF Season. Those players included 2010 Number one Draft pick Charlotte Morgan from the University of Alabama playing her rookie season with the USSSA Florida Pride.  Morgan not only contributed to the eventual Cowles Cup Champions but also captured the NPF Battle of the Bats Title.   Nikki Nemitz, a 2010 Chicago Bandits Draft Pick, was named NPF Rookie of the Year.  Another strong Rookie of the Year candidate was the Diamonds, Loryn Johnson, who played various defensive positions and hit .291 with 8 home runs over the Season.

For the second consecutive year, Miken Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2011 NPF College Senior Draft.  “Miken is so proud to once again, be the title sponsor of the NPF College Senior Draft. We pride ourselves on being industry leaders at Miken, and we are proud to be a part of leading in the NPF’s stars of tomorrow for another season., ” said Justin Carrier, Promotions Manager of Miken Sports.

This will also be the second year the Draft is held in Orlando, FL but the first year it will take place in the Amway Center.  “Each year we try to improve our Draft from an aesthetics point, building the event to be worthy of the importance it carries. Broadcasting from the Amway Center in Orlando, prior to the NBA’s Orlando Magic hosting the Denver Nuggets, is a privilege for the NPF League and the young women whose names will be announced.”

Each team has at least four selections in the five-round draft with Florida currently sitting with six picks total.  Here is the tentative order of the Draft as trades may happen prior to the Draft :

First Round:
1. NPF Diamonds
2. Akron Racers
3. USSSA Pride
4. Chicago Bandits

Second Round:
5. USSSA Pride (2011 Trade with the Diamonds)
6. Akron Racers
7. NPF Diamonds (2011 Trade with the Pride)
8. Chicago Bandits

Third Round:
9. NPF Diamonds
10. Akron Racers
11. USSSA Pride
12. Chicago Bandits

Fourth Round:
13. NPF Diamonds
14. Akron Racers
15. USSSA Pride
16. Chicago Bandits

Fifth Round:
17. NPF Diamonds
18.  USSSA Pride (traded from Akron in 2010)
19. USSSA Pride
20. Chicago Bandits

Visit www.profastpitch.com on March 18th for the LIVE link to watch the DRAFT!

COMMITMENTS
Sarah Almasy, OF, Sterling HS, NJ, New Jersey Gators Gold commitments to
Caldwell College for 2011

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