8-19-2012 August 19 Coaching Update



Crowell Hired as Miami Softball Coach


OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University Athletic Director Brad Bates announced the hiring of Clarisa Crowell as the new head softball coach on Wednesday. Crowell comes to the RedHawks from Oklahoma State, where she has spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach, helping lead the Cowgirls to the College World Series in 2011.

“I would like to thank Brad Bates and Keanah Smith for the opportunity to become the next head softball coach at Miami University,” said Crowell. “I firmly believe in the mission and the vision set forth by the leaders of our athletic department.

“I am excited to be a part of a university who takes a tremendous amount of pride in developing champions both on the field and in the classroom. It is my intention to continue to build on Miami’s success, and to take the program to the next level.”

While at Oklahoma State, Crowell worked primarily with the pitchers and catchers. In the season prior to her arrival, the Cowgirls had a team ERA of 3.92. Under Crowell’s tutelage, the team consistently lowered the team ERA, culminating with a 2.11 ERA and .201 opponents’ batting average in 2011. Her pitchers and catchers have received several awards. In 2010 she had both of her pitchers, senior Anna Whiddon and freshman Kat Espinosa, earn spots on both the All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region teams. She also coached two All-Big 12 catchers during her tenure.

In 2011, Oklahoma State returned to the College World Series for the first time since 1998. Crowell’s pitching staff had a lot to do with the resurgence, as she helped the now-sophomore Espinosa to a 23-10 record with a 2.20 ERA. Realizing the staff needed depth to make the run, she helped sophomore Simone Freeman to a 9-8 record and a 2.53 ERA in 22 starts during the season.

“We are very excited to have Clarisa Crowell as the new leader of the Miami softball program,” said Bates. “Her tremendous pedigree, education, experience and intellect will ensure our program serves as a model for the sport of softball, our department and our conference by maximizing the development of our students. She is an exceptional recruiter, a tremendously successful coach, a fantastic leader and an even better person who will make a substantial contribution to our students, staff, alumni and community.”

Prior to her time at Oklahoma State, Crowell spent one season as an assistant coach at Syracuse. She also was an assistant coach at Miami’s Mid-American Conference rival Ohio for two seasons.

Crowell is a 2002 graduate of Virginia Tech, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Hokies, where she was a pitcher, third baseman and outfielder. As a senior in 2002, she earned First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-Big East honors as a third baseman. Crowell earned her master’s degree in recreation and sports sciences from Ohio in 2005.

“We’re very happy to have Clarisa join our staff,” said Associate Athletic Director and softball administrator Keanah Smith said. “I am enthusiastic about the wealth of knowledge, energy and dedication she brings to Miami Softball.”

What they are saying about Clarisa Crowell

“Clarisa is going to be a great head coach. Her work ethic is outstanding – there’s not anybody that is going to outwork her. Her ability to coach the game is outstanding, and her being a former athlete will help with communication and enable her to have a lot of success.”

— Oklahoma State Head Coach Rich Wieligman

“Miami University has gotten one of the top rising coaches in our game. As a player, Clarisa was a fierce and talented competitor and will coach and excel at Miami with the same level of success. I am extremely proud of her and wish her the absolute best!”

— Virginia Tech Head Coach Scot Thomas


BOSTON – Kathryn Gleason, a 15-year coaching veteran with a combined four appearances in the Women’s College World Series as a player and assistant, has been named the sixth Boston University softball head coach in program history, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch announced Wednesday.

“After an extensive search, we’re excited to welcome Kathryn to the BU family,” Lynch said. “She brings a wealth of experience to the program having competed at the highest level as a player and coach with national championships on the line. After spending time with her, I’m confident she’s the right choice to help BU softball take the next step.”

Accepting her first head coaching position, Gleason is quite familiar with the reigning America East champion Terriers, having spent a combined six seasons at the University of Massachusetts, including the last two as associate head coach. Working primarily with the Minutewomen’s infielders, she helped lead the team to the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship and a 38-13 overall record after finishing 29-19 in 2011.

“I am honored to be named the next Boston University Head Softball Coach,” Gleason said. “I am excited to lead this team into the next era of Terrier softball and build upon the rich success and tradition of the program. I want to thank Mike Lynch, (Associate Athletic Director) Alan Weinberger and (Deputy Director) Drew Marrochello for all their work during the interview process.

“I am truly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to representing Boston University and the Boston University Athletic Department on and off the field,” she added. “I am anxious to meet the team, as well as getting to know the BU alumni and the BU community. It is with great anticipation that we begin the work to accomplish our goals for the 2012-2013 season.”
Gleason previously served as an assistant coach with the Minutewomen from 1996-2000, helping lead the team to two Women’s College World Series appearances. Before rejoining UMass in 2010, she coached for six years at Michigan State, serving the last five years as associate head coach. She primarily worked with the infield, coaching six All-Big Ten and four All-Region honorees, along with guiding the Spartans to four straight Big Ten Tournament berths. She served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and assistant director of all camps and clinics. Gleason was also the Spartans’ liaison for the Friends of Jaclyn program.

Joining the Spartans’ staff in June of 2004, Gleason moved to State following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Purdue University (2001-2004) and four years as an assistant coach at UMass (1996-2000).

While working with the Boilermakers, Gleason assisted with team academics, equipment, promotions, tournaments, facilities, recruiting and strength & conditioning. On game days, she supervised and directed the outfield and assisted with the offense. Additionally, she worked with Purdue’s softball camps and clinics.

During her first stint at UMass, Gleason helped lead the Minutewomen to four Atlantic 10 regular season conference titles and four A-10 Championships. They made four appearances in the NCAAs, including winning the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Regional Championships, as well as advancing to the Women’s College World Series both years.

Gleason earned her bachelor’s degree in sport management and communications from the University of Michigan in 1996. She was a member of the 1993, `95 and `96 Big Ten regular season championship teams, the `95 and `96 Big Ten Tournament Championship teams, and played in the `95 and `96 Women’s College World Series while serving as co-captain of the `96 team.

Holding a master’s degree in sport management from UMass, Gleason is heavily involved with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), currently serving as first vice president after previously working as the second vice president and assistant coach representative for the association.

A native of Country Club Hills, Ill., she was inducted into the Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame as “Athlete of the Year” in the 2002 induction class. Gleason was also inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference High School Hall of Fame in March 2008.

She inherits a squad that returns 14 players from last year’s 41-16 team that earned its first-ever No. 3 seed in the NCAA Regionals and claimed the program’s fourth NCAA victory in its last three postseason appearances (2009, 2010, 2012).


DETROIT (7/27/12) – University of Detroit Mercy Associate Vice President & Athletic Director Keri Gaitherhas announced thehiring of Liz Youngas the head coach of the Titans softball program. Young will begin her assignment immediately hitting theroad to recruit for the red, white and blue.

Young has spent the last two years on the staff at Western Illinois, serving as interim head coach for much of last season, while

assisting in recruiting and all facets of the program. She was the team’s hitting instructor and worked closely with the infielders

and catchers during the 2012 season, and with the outfielders in 2011. She was also the staff representative for WIU at the 2011

NCAA Leadership Forum.The Leathernecks were 22-20, including 12-3 in the Summit League, during her stint as acting head coach

this past year. WIU also posted a 10-game winning streak during that stretch, its longest since 2000. During her time at Western Illinois,

she coached six All-League players, one CoSIDA Academic All-Region performer and had 10 players finish in the top 100 in the nation

in a number of offensive categories. Just this past year, the Leathernecks had a student-athlete set the Summit League record for

stolen bases in a season (45) and led the nation with 1.18 steals per game, while another player set the program’s single-season RBI

record with 47 in 2011 and ended her career with 153 RBI, tied for first in school history and the second-most in Summit League annals.

As a team, the Leathernecks also worked 131 walks in 2012, fourth in program history.

In 2011, Young helped coach the Leathernecks to a few impressive offensive outputs as the team posted the third most single-season

runs (248) and finished with the second best single-season RBI mark (223). The team also recorded a school record .461 slugging

percentage. Under her guidance, the Leathernecks led The Summit League in batting (.293), while scoring the most runs in the league.

Young also saw one of her players lead the conference and finish 76th in the nation with a .400 batting average. As a team, the

Leathernecks finished the regular season ranked 63rd in team batting average and ninth in doubles per game (1.63).

Before arriving at WIU, Young honed her coaching skills at both the collegiate and high school level. She was the head coach at

Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio, in 2010 and also spent time at Ohio University as a volunteer assistant coach.
Prior to that, she was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of New Mexico, from 2007-09 where she

was responsible for developing practice plans, coaching the outfielders and assisting with the day-to-day operations. She assisted

in all on-field fundamental development, with special attention to outfielders, short game and base running, and was the student-athlete

mentor for academic support services. Young played catcher for the Lobos from 2005-06 and was a two-time Academic All-Mountain

West.   She was a two-year starter behind the plate for New Mexico and never missed a game, starting all 104 contests before an

injury ended her collegiate career. A defensive standout, she ranks second in UNM history with 28 caught-stealings, including a

single-season record of 20 as a junior. Prior to that, she played for Kent State for one season before transferring. She graduated

from the University of New Mexico in 2009 as a double-major in American Sign Language Interpreting and Intercultural

Communications. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native was highly active in community service projects and logged over 200 hours as a

sign language interpreter during her time at UNM.


RADFORD, Va. – Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg has announced the hiring of Maggie Johnson as Radford University’s head softball coach. Johnson, who has extensive knowledge of the program and community, has spent a total of six seasons as an assistant coach for the Highlanders, including her second stint in 2012. She also brings Division I head coaching experience with her, serving as Georgia Southern’s skipper from 2009-11.

“We are excited that Maggie Johnson is going to lead this program,” Lineburg said. “Radford softball has developed into a consistent winner and a first-class program, and Maggie has been a part of that growth. In addition, she has outstanding experience in developing a winning program at Georgia Southern prior to returning here – we expect great things from Maggie at Radford.”

“I am very fortunate to have been given this opportunity by Radford University and the Highlander Athletics Department to lead a program that has become increasingly strong over the years,” commented Johnson, who becomes the sixth head coach in program history. “My sincerest appreciation goes out to President Kyle and Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg for providing me with this opportunity. I would also like to thank Stephanie Ballein, Randy Butt, Jo Kiernan and the rest of the selection committee for the time that was put into the hiring process.”

In three seasons with Georgia Southern, Johnson steered the Eagles to an 87-80 mark and an appearance in the 2009 Southern Conference Championship game. Under her guidance, Nina Iduate set a Southern Conference batting average record (.450) to earn Player of the Year honors in 2010. Her pitchers also succeeded as Briana Streetmon garnered two pitcher of the year honors and rookie Allie Miles was tabbed freshman of the year in 2011.

Johnson was the fastest Eagle coach to reach the 50-win plateau in program history and has the highest winning percentage (.536) among GSU head coaches over their first two seasons. One of those victories was at Georgia Tech which snapped the Yellow Jackets’ two-year home non-conference winning streak.

In the summer of 2010, Johnson gained professional experience when she was hired as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bandits of the National Professional FastPitch (NPF) League. The season saw the Bandits capture another regular season title and make a championship game appearance. During her stint, she worked with world-renowned pitcher Jennie Finch, league MVP and current national team third baseman Stacy May Johnson and Offensive Player of the Year, Rachel Folden.

The Raleigh, N.C. native returned to the New River Valley for the 2012 season after her stint with the Eagles. Prior to her time in Statesboro, Ga., Johnson began her collegiate coaching career at Radford in the fall of 2003.

“Familiarity with the program is good, especially with what it takes to get the kind of players that we want here,” said Johnson. “At the same time, things will be different – there will be a new look on a program that has been well-built, and we’re going to continue to keep moving forward.”

In her first six seasons with the Highlanders, the program recorded 200 wins, reached the 40-win plateau for the first time and broke the home run record in each of her final four seasons. As the squad’s hitting coach, Radford slugged 40 long balls in 2006 for the first time in program history and also recorded the highest batting average in 12 seasons.

A 2001 graduate of UNC Wilmington, Johnson was a four-year starter for the Seahawks and earned all-conference recognition in 2001. She later earned a Master’s of Education in Counseling from Boston University in 2003.

“It’s just an exciting opportunity,” Johnson said. Having been a part of this program and seeing its progress over the last nine years, I can say that it’s in a great place. There’s still a lot of potential to grow and I’m excited about the opportunity to continue that.”


Brown University Names Katie Flynn Head Softball Coach

Providence, RI- Katie Flynn, an 18-year head coaching veteran at the Division I level and native of East Greenwich, RI, has been named the head softball coach at Brown University in an announcement made by Bears’ Director of Athletics Jack Hayes.

“Katie Flynn brings a wealth of experience to the Brown University head softball coach position, having served as a head coach at three Division I institutions,” said Hayes. “After speaking with many coaches about our search, it was clear to me that Katie was the right choice. She possess outstanding credentials and maintains a clear understanding of the role of the student-athlete.”

“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Jack Hayes and the search committee for the opportunity to work at one of the nation’s elite academic institutions,” said Flynn. “I am excited to connect with the Brown student-athletes, fans and alumni and to be a member of the Bears athletics family.”

Flynn was James Madison’s first ever head coach and averaged 28 wins per season over the last 11 years, compiling a 313-278 record. In the team’s inaugural season (2002), she compiled a 25-24 record and earned a berth in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship.

Flynn’s teams reached the CAA Championship eight times in the program’s 11-year history, including two appearances in the championship game and the program’s first ever CAA Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2009.

The Dukes ranked among the top ten in the Northeast Region every season (2002-2012), as Flynn was honored as the CAA Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2007. She coached three CAA ‘Player of the Year’ honorees, two CAA ‘Rookies of the Year’, and two CAA Silver Anniversary award winners. Combined, she had 42 All-Conference selections, 13 regional All-Americans, 15 CAA All-Tournament honorees and 13 All-Rookie selections.

Prior to James Madison, Flynn was the head coach at her alma mater, Colgate, from 1994-1997 and at North Carolina Greensboro from 1998-2000. She led Colgate to a 22-18 record and a second-place finish in the Patriot League Tournament in 1997 and UNC Greensboro to a second-place finish in the Southern Conference in 1998. She had a 60-87 record at Colgate and a 100-87 mark at UNC Greensboro. UNCG went 37-29 during the 2000 season, the most wins in school history.

Before joining the Colgate staff, Flynn was an assistant coach for two seasons at Ohio State, where she coached first base and worked with the team’s outfielders. She also has worked as an assistant coach and as an intern in the sports information office at Stetson.

Flynn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Colgate in 1990, and a Master of Arts degree in sports management and athletic administration from the Ohio State University in 1993. She lettered four times as a catcher and helped Colgate to an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament berth in 1987 and to a team-record 24 victories in 1990. Flynn also competed on the Red Raiders swim team (1986-87) and women’s ice hockey team (1987-90).

NFCA job announcement

Louisiana Tech University is seeking candidates for a full-time, 12-month position of Head Softball Coach. Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Must have proven softball coaching experience, preferably at the Division 1 level. Must have the ability and experience to recruit Division 1 student-athletes with the potential to be successful in Conference USA. Must be organized and possess excellent communication skills. Candidates must have a commitment to athletic and academic success, knowledge of NCAA rules and bylaws. Minority coaches are encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Submit cover letter, resume with 3 references, and unofficial transcript to the Search Committee, by email only to lori@latech.edu Louisiana Tech University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer


Ganeff and Lemire named associate coaches, Whitty moves into operations role.


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former Notre Dame softball standouts and current assistant

coaches Kris Ganeff and Lizzy Lemire have each been promoted as associate

coaches, it was announced recently by head coach Deanna Gumpf. John Whitty, who

served as the program’s student manager for the 2010 season, also has been added

to the staff while filling a newly-created operations position.


Regarded as the best all-around catcher in Irish history, Ganeff is now in her

12th year of work with the program. Ganeff spearheads the recruiting efforts for

the Irish, which annually attracts the top players from across the nation. In

addition to being the program’s recruiting coordinator, she also runs and

directs Notre Dame’s camps and clinics.


A key member of the 2002, 2004 and 2011 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year,

Ganeff works closely with the Irish infielders and catchers.


A former member of the U.S. National Softball Team and 2001 BIG EAST Player of

the Year, Lemire returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the Irish

softball team in the fall of 2005. Lemire works closely with the Irish outfield

corps and is also the staff’s polished hitting coach. She has helped Notre Dame

advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of her seven seasons as part of the

coaching staff, including BIG EAST Conference tournament titles in 2006 and



Whitty will join the Irish coaching staff and players, who last season advanced

to their 14th consecutive NCAA Championship and finished the spring season with

a 40-16 record, after being the manager of the Joyce Athletics Grants-in-Aid

Program for the past two years. In that role, Whitty was responsible for all

aspects of stewardship and coordination of Notre Dame’s elite athletic

benefaction society.


A 2010 Notre Dame graduate, Whitty spent three years in the student manager

organization serving as the senior softball manager in 2010 and a football

student manager in 2009.


The long-time, well-regarded coach of Georgia Elite has informed the team of his retirement.  Dan, a good friend to many of us in fast pitch softball, helped shape the careers of many collegians.  He regularly took his teams to ASA Gold Nationals, Premier, Boulder Independence Day and other major fast pitch tournaments.  Dan informed several of us during the past season that his business had become very demanding on his time.  Always concerned about the integrity of the game, and a tireless promoter of fastpitch softball, Dan will be missed.

Spencer Joins Duck Softball Fold as an Assistant Coach

EUGENE – The University of Oregon softball team was pleased to announce the addition of Chelsea Spencer as an assistant coach to round out one of the nation’s top coaching staffs.

A former professional player and shortstop for California’s NCAA champion team, she has most recently served as an assistant coach at Michigan State the past two seasons.

Serving as the Spartans’ hitting instructor, infield coach and recruiting coordinator, she helped MSU to a 27-27 record in 2011 – her first year in East Lansing, and a notable improvement from a 21-31 mark the season before. In 2011, she also helped shortstop Lindsey Hansen claim her first NFCA All-America honor, while center fielder Kylene Hopkins earned All-Big Ten laurels in ’12.

The previous four seasons from 2006-10, she served as the head coach at Chabot Community College in Hayward, Calif. In her final season, she was tabbed the Coast Conference North Division Coach of the Year after she guided the team to a 24-21 record.

On the field, Spencer starred for six seasons in the National Professional Fastpitch league for the New York Juggernauts (2005), Philadelphia Force (2006-08), Rockford Thunder (2009) and Tennessee Diamonds (2010). The shortstop and utility player was a four-time All-NPF pick (2007, ’08, ’09 and ’10), played for the league champions in 2009, and was a team captain in ’07.

As a collegian, Pac-12 fans will remember her as key part of California’s greatest run in school history that included a Pac-12 title (2005) and four straight Women’s College World Series trips (2002-05).

She started 277 consecutive games at shortstop and helped the Bears to the national title in ’02, and runner-up finishes in ’03 and ’04. Among her individual accolades, she was an NFCA Third-Team All-American, All-Pac-12 and All-Region pick as a junior in ’04, and an All-WCWS Tournament Team pick as a freshman in ’02.

Spencer replaces Lisa Dodd, a three-year Duck assistant coach who was named the UNLV head coach earlier this summer. During her tenure, she helped Oregon make its second-ever World Series trip in 2012, post two straight third-place finishes in the nation’s top softball league, and advance to three straight Super Regionals (and the first three in school history).



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