Category Archives: NCAA

9-18-2017 Assistant Coach of Year

Lombardi Named NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year


NORMAN – Oklahoma softball associate head coach Melyssa Lombardi has been named the 2017 Easton/NFCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Monday afternoon.

The 2017 season marked the 20th for Lombardi as pitching coach for the Sooners and featured one of the deepest staffs in program history. Three pitchers threw at least 100 innings and all five members of the staff had ERAs at 2.08 or lower. The staff ERA was 1.55 on the season with 510 strikeouts (fourth most in program history) in 482.2 innings and an opponents’ average of .177 (eighth lowest at OU).

Paige Parker continued her career with another All-American season and her third straight season being named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year after posting the lowest ERA (1.43) and best strikeout rate (8.72 per 7 IP) of her career. She posted a 26-5 record with six shutouts while holding opponents to a .179 average in a team-high 210.1 innings.

Junior Paige Lowary transferred from Missouri and was named an All-Big 12 First Team honoree as she emerged as a dominant relief pitcher. With 11 saves on the year, Lowary had more than any team previously recorded in OU history and she tied for fifth in NCAA single-season records. In 146.2 innings, Lowary went 16-3 on the season with 122 strikeouts to just 33 walks with an opponents’ average of .163.

Freshman Mariah Lopez went 18-1 on the season with 109 strikeouts in 101 innings and threw a no-hitter. Fellow freshmen Nicole Mendes and Melanie Olmos rounded out the staff by giving up just two runs in 24.2 combined innings.

Earlier this season, Lombardi was part of the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year along with head coach Patty Gasso, assistant coach J.T. Gasso and volunteer assistant coach Andrea Gasso.

During her tenure, the Sooners have won the 2000, 2013, 2016 and 2017 National Championships and have won 16 NCAA Regional Championships in 20 postseason appearances. In addition, the Sooners have claimed nine Big 12 regular season titles and four conference tournament championships.

As a member of the Sooners’ coaching staff, Lombardi has been a part of four NFCA National Coaching Staffs of the Year (including each of the last two seasons) and 10 Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year (including each of the last six seasons).

The winners of the NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year awards were nominated by their NFCA member head coach and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee.

9-16-2017 Auburn Hires Mickey Dean as Softball Coach


Auburn hires James Madison’s Mickey Dean as new softball coach

James Madision head coach Mickey Dean has been hired as Auburn’s new softball coach.
James Madision head coach Mickey Dean has been hired as Auburn’s new softball coach.(Vasha Hunt/

Auburn has hired James Madison’s Mickey Dean to be its next softball coach.

Dean went 237-56 in his five years at JMU, including 2-1 against Auburn, and has coached seven NCAA Tournament teams with one NCAA Super Regional appearance and won nine conference titles in his career.

“Coach Dean’s accomplishments at JMU are remarkable,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “He’s won consistently at every level throughout his career. He’s done it the right way, winning with class and integrity while graduating his student-athletes at a high level. Auburn already has a winning program and we’re going to get even better. He’s a great fit for Auburn.”

Dean replaces Clint Myers, who the school announced “retired” on Aug. 23 but Jacobs later said was guilty of “wrongdoing” amid allegations of abuse and harassment under his watch by his son and former associate head coach Corey Myers, who “resigned” in March.

Dean coached five 40-win seasons, including the final two with 52 and 50 victories, and broke 104 program records at JMU, including over 40 pitching records while boasting one of the nation’s top pitching staffs. He’s coached seven all-Americans, including 2017 National Player of the Year, Megan Good, and been named conference coach of the year eight times during his career.

“It is an honor to be named the leader of the Auburn softball program,” Dean said in a statement. “I want to thank President Leath, Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs and the Board of Trustees for the exciting opportunity to lead this program.

“The future is bright for Auburn softball. We want the fans to be as excited as we are to come out and watch the program represent them in the highest standing.”

Prior to his time at JMU, Dean coached Radford for five seasons and served as an assistant coach at Akron (2001-02), Indiana (2002-04) and Longwood (2005-06). He was also the pitching coach for the Venezuelan National Team (2002-08) and the head coach for the Chicago Bandits (2004-10) that finished as the National Pro Fastpitch regular season champions five times and won the title in 2008.

Dean is a 1987 graduate of Elon University, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team.

9-16-2017 YWCA Honors Karen Weekly


By Coy Gill,

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The YWCA honored Tennessee softball co-head coach Karen Weekly as one of the finalists for the Arts and Education Award in the 33rd annual Tribute to Women Thursday night at the Bijou Theatre.

Weekly was one of four women celebrated. The YWCA selected Weekly for her competitive drive and her desire to place the well-being of her student-athletes before winning games. This past season, Weekly also reached the 1,000-career win milestone, becoming only the 33rd Division I coach to accomplish the feat in any sport – and the third at Tennessee. Weekly joined her husband and co-head coach Ralph Weekly and legendary former women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt in that rarified air.

The YWCA Tribute to Women has been honoring distinguished women from the greater Knoxville area since 1985. Since 1899, the YWCA has existed as a force to empower women and eliminate racism.

Five awards were given out at the event. Gibbs Middle School principal Cindy White won of the of Arts and Education Award. Leslye Hartsell, the manager of Communications and Community Relations at Knoxville Utilities Board, won the Business and Professional Leadership Award. Dr. Alice Mercer, one of the founders of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee, won the Community Service and Government Award. Dr. Smita Borole, the head dentist at DentalWorks, won the Health and Human Services Award. Clarice Phelps, a researcher/program manager for industrial use isotopes at ORNL, won the Technology, Research, Innovation Award.

9-16-2017 USA Softball Coaching Pool

USA Softball reopens application period for 2018-19 Women’s National Team Coaching Pool


OKLAHOMA CITY  —   USA Softball, the National Governing Body for Softball in the United States, announced today it has reopened the application process for the 2018-19 USA Softball Women’s National Team Coaching Pool and is accepting applications from fast pitch coaches now through October 6, 2017. The coaching pool includes coaches for the Junior Women’s National Team and the Women’s National Team.


The USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee will select coaches for the coaching pool.  Pool coaches may be required to participate in international competition, player evaluations, selection camps and other specified events as part of the evaluation process. These events primarily occur in the months of June, July, August, September and November each year. Coaches will work under the direction of the USA Softball Director of National Teams Chris Sebren.


Pool coaches may be eligible for selection as a member of the National Team Coaching Staff for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This staff will be selected by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee in accordance with procedures to be approved by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


The schedule for the Women’s National Team and Junior Women’s National Team has yet to be finalized for the 2018-19 cycle, but those international calendars will be highlighted by the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship to be held in Chiba, Japan, the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru and the 2019 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Irvine, Calif.


To be considered as a candidate for the pool, please e-mail a letter of application and resume to arrive no later than October 6, 2017, which must include:


             – National coaching and/or playing experience


             – International coaching and/or playing experience


             – Clinic and/or speaking experience


             – Reasons you would like to be a member of the Women’s National Team Coaching Pool


             – Please indicate if you are interested in a head coaching job, assistant coaching job or both

Please send letter of application and resume via email to:


Chris Sebren
Director of USA Softball National Teams
USA Softball



About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.


As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 


The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).


For more information, visit:

7 Auburn’s Clint Myers Announces Retirement

Clint Myers Announces Retirement as Auburn Softball Coach

AUBURN, Ala. – Clint Myers will retire as head coach of Auburn’s softball team. Myers arrived in Auburn in 2013 and compiled a record of 205-54-1, leading the team to Southeastern Conference Tournament Championships in 2015 and 2016 as well as back-to-back College World Series appearances. Since his appointment, Auburn has broken 23 records, including 17 on offense. Under Myers, Auburn has placed four student-athletes on Academic All-America and five Academic All-District lists. In 2016, the Tigers had 24 honorees on the Academic All-SEC list.

“After 40 years of coaching and reflecting on the importance of spending quality time with my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, I have decided to retire from a sport that I love dearly and which has brought so much joy to me,” Myers said. “I have had the chance to coach many great student-athletes. I have seen them grow to be outstanding contributors to society. My time in coaching has been a source of great pride. I appreciate the opportunity to coach at Auburn and am proud of our successes. I know the program has a bright future. The community, and group of fans have been incredible and I have truly appreciated their support. Auburn is a special place.”

“I am very proud of the many great accomplishments our student-athletes have achieved during Coach Myers tenure at Auburn,” Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. “The foundation for ongoing success is here because of Coach Myers love of Auburn and his desire to see this program reach a level of success that it had never seen before.

“Looking forward, we will continue to support our softball team in every way possible so as to ensure their continued success on and off the field of play.”

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

SPY Note:  The press release failed to mention that Myers Arizona State team won the NAA national championship or that his Auburn team was an NCAA finalist.