THURSDAY JULY 7 UPDATE
CHAMPIONS CUP 16U
The games begin today. The full schedule for three days of pool play is posted on the tournament web site: www.championscup.org.
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Rhode Island Thunder Gold
Briana Chiusano 2012 OF Verball to Coastal Carolina
Patty Borges 2012 IF Verbal to Stony Brook University
Elise Fortier transferred to Fordham University
AMERICAN FREEDOM GOLD
Caitlin Christopher (2011, Catcher/UT) – University of Missouri – Kansas City
ARIZONA HIRES IVESON
Four-time junior college national-champion coach Stacy Iveson has been hired as a softball assistant, University of Arizona Coach Mike Candrea announced today.
Iveson, a former Wildcat player and coach, won two NJCAA titles while at Pima Community College from 2002-07 and two in her most recent post as head coach at Yavapai College, including this past year with a 67-4 Roughriders club. She was head coach at Yavapai for four seasons and took all four teams to the national tournament’s final weekend.
She was NJCAA National Coach of the Year following her first title in 2004 and her staff at YC earned the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/NJCAA Division I national staff of the year honor this past season and in 2009. She compiled a record of 213-44 at Yavapai during her tenure and won more than 300 games at Pima.
“We are very excited to bring back a great Wildcat who has made her own mark in the coaching profession,” Candrea said. “Stacy will bring tremendous energy, expertise and a strong will to bring the most out of our athletes. I could not be more excited to bring back a great Wildcat and a tremendous coach to help us meet the high expectations of Arizona Softball,” he said.
“I am thrilled to come back home to Tucson and have the opportunity to work beside my mentor. I look forward to working with the highly talented group of student-athletes at Arizona and being a part of the amazing Wildcat athletics department,” Iveson said. “I have so much history on the UA campus and in Hillenbrand Stadium and am proud to be a part of the Wildcat softball family and all the tradition,” she said.
Iveson spent seven seasons as a Candrea assistant at UA from 1996 to 2001 and helped the Wildcats earn NCAA Championships in 1996, 1997 and 2001. Her work with Arizona pitchers and catchers was underscored by marks of 30-7 by Becky Lemke and 29-2 by Jennie Finch in 2000, and the latter’s remarkable 32-0 year in 2001. She also worked with pitchers Nancy Evans during her twin 36-2 years in 1997-98, and Carrie Dolan (35-6) during the ’96 title run. Catcher Leah Braatz was Diamond Sports/NFCA national catcher of the year in 1997 and 1998 and Lindsey Collins tied the Arizona fielding percentage mark with a flawless 1.000 campaign behind the plate in 2001.
Iveson has also a been a member of the USA Softball coaching pool for the last six years. She worked closely with the National Team players and coaches including several training and selection camps and a trip to Guatemala in 2005 for the Pan American Qualifier. Last year she accompanied the USA Junior National team to Colombia as an assistant coach on the Pan American Championship squad that earned a berth in the World Championships.
A four year Arizona letter winner and starting catcher, she played on Candrea’s first four teams at UA from 1986 to 1989, earning first team all region honors and All Pac 10 honors as a sophomore in 1987. She remains tied for the season record for games played, with 72 in 1988, and before the 1990s assault on the record book was among UA’s top 10 in career this, RBI, at bats, games played and doubles.
Iveson was softball coach at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson from 1991 to 1994 after a year as an assistant coaching the junior varsity. She led the Lancers to the state championship in 1993. She was head coach of the Arizona Heat national pro fastpitch team from 2005-07. She was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
The former Stacy Engel graduated from Tucson’s Catalina High School in 1985. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UA in 1990 and her master’s in educational administration from Northern Arizona in 1995.
She was a a teacher in Tucson’s Flowing Wells School District from 1990 to 1994 and returned to the district to teach fifth grade at Laguna Elementary School in 1996. Her husband, Tom Iveson, also is an educator. The couple has a son, Jared.
Iveson succeeds Teresa Wilson, who resigned lat last month after her third year on the staff.
BULLDOGS NAME BETH MULLINS ASSISTANT SOFTBALL COACH
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head softball coach Vann Stuedeman completed her coaching staff this week with the addition of Beth Mullins as an assistant coach.
One of the top young assistant coaches in the country, Mullins most recently coached at Western Kentucky following tenures at UAB and Georgia Southern.
“Beth is one of the top young coaches in college softball,” Stuedeman said. “She’s a player’s coach who will undoubtedly make a positive impact in our Mississippi State program. She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to MSU. We are very fortunate to have a coach of Beth’s caliber become an integral part of our Bulldog family.”
This past season, Mullins tutored the Western Kentucky hitters to the highest batting average in school history (.279). The Lady Toppers also set single-season records for triples (14), RBI (221) and slugging percentage (.419).
Mullins made the move to WKU following a three-year stint at her alma mater, UAB. In her final season with the Blazers (2010), the team broke 15 individual and team offensive records while leading the program to its first NCAA Regional appearance. The squad also topped Conference USA in six offensive categories. Under her watch in Birmingham, UAB improved in team batting average, doubles, triples, RBI and runs scored each season. Mullins returned to her alma mater after a two-year stop as assistant coach at Georgia Southern. During that stint, she helped the Eagles to a Southern Conference Tournament title and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
In 2006, she tutored SoCon Player of the Year Shanita Black, who broke 12 school records en route to earning conference tournament Most Outstanding Player and All-Southeast Region accolades.
A starter for the Blazers from 2001-04, Mullins earned second team All-C-USA and all-freshman honors during her playing career. As a sophomore, Mullins topped the Blazers in RBI as the team posted a program-best 39 victories. She finished her collegiate career tied for the top spot in all-time home runs, and she still ranks in the Top 10 in that offensive category along with multiple others.
USA SOFTBALL WOMEN’S TEAM
USA Softball team begins their 2011 international schedule Saturday at the 2011 Canadian Open FastPitch International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia.
Team USA faces Team Australia on Saturday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. CT, in the women’s international round robin before playing Team Japan at 10:30 p.m. CT. All games will be played at Softball City in Surrey. Ticket information can be found at USASoftball.com.
LSU’S GIROUARD AND WILSON HONORED
LSU’s Girouard and Wilson Among Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Annual Award Winners
NEW ORLEANS – Former LSU softball coach and NFCA Hall of Famer Yvette Girouard along with former LSU pitcher and current San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson are two of the eight honorees to earn an annual award Wednesday as announced the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.
Girouard will be recognized as Louisiana’s Most Outstanding College Coach at a banquet on Saturday, July 23 held inside the Louisiana Superdome. The Allstate Sugar Bowl and Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame based their award selections on the achievements for the 2010-11 academic year which runs from July-June.
Last month, Girouard was honored with a resolution by the Louisiana State Legislature for her “extraordinary coaching career” which produced 1,285 career wins, second-most in NCAA history. Girouard paced LSU to a .754 winning percentage, sixth-highest nationally, during her 11 seasons with the Tigers sparked by trips to the 2001 and 2004 Women’s College World Series. She also guided LSU to nine 40-win seasons and garnered her 14th Louisiana Coach of the Year selection in addition to securing SEC Co-Coach of the Year during the 2011 campaign.
Wilson, who compiled an 18-10 mark at LSU from 2001-03, picked up the Louisiana’s Most Outstanding Professional Athlete. He became the most recognizable face for the Giants as his intimidating black beard and his over-powering arm led to his appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated after throwing the final pitch in the Giants’ first World Series triumph since they moved to California.
Texas Honors Osterman
AUSTIN, Texas — Five distinguished former University of Texas student-athletes and a current administrator will be inducted this fall into the UT Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor, the Women’s Hall of Honor Committee announced Thursday. The 12th Longhorn Women’s Hall of Honor class includes: Cat Osterman, three-time softball National Player of the Year and 2004 Olympic gold medalist; Sanya Richards-Ross, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time NCAA Champion in track; Kelly (Wilson) Schmedes, two-time soccer All-American; Heather Bowie Young, golf’s 1997 NCAA individual champion; Kim Basinger, a finalist for the first-ever Wade Trophy and the first basketball student-athlete to commit to legendary Texas coach Jody Conradt; and Chris Plonsky, current UT women’s Athletics Director.
The Class of 2011 will be inducted at an 11:30 a.m. (Central) ceremony and luncheon on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. They will be enshrined during ceremonies at the Texas-Kansas State football game the following day. Tickets to the Friday luncheon are $35 and available through the Longhorn Foundation at 512-471-4439. Interested patrons may also sponsor a table of 10 for $450.
One of the top pitchers in softball history, Osterman was a three-time National Player of the Year and four-time All-American during her four seasons at The University of Texas. The only softball individual to ever win National Player of the Year honors three times, she paced the Longhorns to three trips to the Women’s College World Series (2003, 2005 and 2006) while earning USA Softball’s National Player of the Year honor in each of those three seasons. During her redshirt season of 2004, Osterman trained with the USA National Team and was the only collegian and youngest member of the Olympic Team that earned a gold medal in Athens. A three-time selection as Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year (2003, 2005 and 2006), she still holds UT career records in victories (136), ERA (0.51), shutouts (85) and no-hitters (20) and holds the NCAA record for career strikeout ratio per seven innings (14.35). Osterman was a recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award in 2006.