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7-25-2017 Minnesota Hires Trachsel

Gophers hire Jamie Trachsel to coach softball, replacing Stanford-bound Jessica Allister

Duluth native and former St. Cloud State standout coached Iowa State to strong season.


Jamie Trachsel, former Iowa State softball coach, has been hired by the Gophers. (Iowa State University photo)

Trachsel comes to Minnesota from Iowa State, where she led the Cyclones for one season following six as co-head coach at North Dakota State. Jessica Allister, who coached the Gophers to its most successful season in program history this past school year, announced earlier this month she was accepting the Stanford job.

Trachsel’s hiring will be official after a standard university background check is completed, the school announced Monday in its news release.

“Jamie is one of the country’s premier young softball coaches and we’re excited to bring her to Minnesota to lead our program and build on the success we’ve had in recent years,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in the statement. “Jamie’s leadership has consistently produced winning results. That track record, paired with her Midwestern roots and proven ability to develop the skills of her student-athletes throughout their collegiate careers, makes her the perfect fit for the Gophers.”

Trachsel was a multisport athlete at Duluth Central — the U’s release said she earned 17 varsity letters in high school, in four different sports — and played softball at St. Cloud State, earning all-region and all-academic honors.

Trachsel guided the Cyclones to a fifth-place finish in the Big 12 last season, one of their best finishes in years. NDSU had a 221-109 record, won its conference regular-season and tournament championship five times each and advanced to NCAA Regional play five times in the six years Trachsel was co-head coach.

“I could not be more humbled and honored to lead the Gophers softball program, and I want to thank Mark Coyle and search committee for this tremendous opportunity,” Trachsel said. “While the decision to leave Iowa State was challenging, the opportunity that lies ahead at Minnesota to continue building a national powerhouse while returning to my home state is one that I could not pass up. The foundation that is in place is truly remarkable, and I look forward to meeting the team and helping these young women thrive as student-athletes. As a native of this great state, I have always admired how the University of Minnesota offers an athletic and academic experience that is second-to-none in the nation, and I am eager to work with our team and the University community to begin the next chapter of Gopher softball.”

7-20-2017 Lisle Joins Gamecock Staff

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Matt Lisle Joins South Carolina as Gamecock Softball Assistant Coach
Last a head coach at Menlo College, Lisle has built a large following online COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Head Softball Coach Beverly Smith has hired Matt Lisle as an assistant coach, bringing in a coach who has a history of improving offenses in short order. “I am thrilled to announce the addition of Matt Lisle to our staff,” remarked Smith. “I was immediately impressed by his work ethic, drive and professionalism. He has a passion for hitting that is evident. I believe the Gamecock hitters will benefit from his extensive knowledge and ability to teach. I am looking forward to welcoming Matt and his family to Columbia.”
Most recently, Lisle served as head coach at Menlo College, leading the 2016 Oaks to their first winning season in 14 years, going 30-20, with Lisle helping four of his hitters achieve All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors. Lisle’s resume also includes stops as an assistant at Cal State-East Bay in 2014 and Santa Clara in 2015. At East Bay, his teams went from seven home runs to 48 in one season, ranking second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in slugging and RBI, while helping the team rank in the top 50 in NCAA Division II in home runs per game. The Broncos posted the second-best batting average in program history, jumping over 30 points, while also helping SCU to its highest RPI finish in program history.
Lisle started his collegiate softball coaching career as a volunteer with Oregon in 2012, helping the Ducks to their first Pac-12 championship. He came from baseball, working up the high school ranks. He got his break as the associate head coach at Patten University for two years before becoming the head baseball coach at NCAA Division III Gallaudet in 2007-08. In addition to his high school and collegiate coaching positions, Lisle has built a strong following online among NPF and MLB players as a hitting consultant through his online videos and e-books. He also is a national clinician, serving as a featured speaker at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association conference in 2014. Lisle earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Patten University in 2006. Lisle has five children: Alicia, Chappie, Chase, Presley and Crosby, and he is married to Jessica.
Lisle replaces Calvin Beamon on the South Carolina staff.

7-18-2017 Barnhill Wins ESPY Award

MORE: Florida ace Kelly Barnhill wins 2017 ESPY

Florida’s Barnhill wins ESPY

Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration in Los Angeles.

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Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:08 a.m.

LOS ANGELES – Florida sophomore Kelly Barnhill added another postseason award late Wednesday as she took home the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration at the Microsoft Theater.

The Marietta, Ga., native became the first player in UF program history to receive an ESPY award.

Also on the ballot for the award was Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku (volleyball), West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan (soccer), Washington’s Kelsey Plum (basketball) and Maryland’s Zoe Stukenberg (lacrosse).

This past season Barnhill helped lead the Gators back to the Women’s College World Series with national leading marks in earned run average (0.51) and strikeouts per seven innings (13.0).

Those two staggering statistics also went down as the best in a single season by a Florida pitcher but she also set records in lowest opponent batting average (.121), most combined shutouts (10), most strikeouts looking (100) and lowest stolen base percentage (.333).

The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments is a production by ESPN.

Barnhill’s Season Awards

2017 ESPY – Best Female Collegiate Athlete

2017 Honda Sports Award

2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

2017 espnW Player of the Year

2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American

NFCA All-American First Team

SEC Pitcher of the Year

All-SEC First Team

SEC Pitcher of the Week – 5x (2/20, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2)

USA Softball Co-Player of the Week – (4/18)

Louisville Slugger/NFCA Pitcher of the Week – (4/18)

ESPNW Player of the Week – (4/18)

7-18-2017 Stanford Hires Jessica Allister

College softball: Stanford hires alumna Jessica Allister as new head coach

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Last Updated – Jul 18, 2017 16:41 EDT
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STANFORD, Calif. – Jessica Allister has been named the head coach of Stanford softball, as announced Tuesday by director of athletics Bernard Muir.

Allister, the fourth head coach in program history, joins the Cardinal after leading Minnesota the past seven seasons. She led the Gophers to unprecedented heights in 2017, registering a program-best 56-5 record and earning the first No. 1 national ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll in program history. She has accumulated a 290-107 (.730) overall record during her career.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jessica back to Stanford to lead the program she helped build,” said Muir. “She was an elite competitor during her time on The Farm and has continued to excel in her coaching career. Jessica has established herself as an excellent coach and I believe she will push our student-athletes to be their best on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”


It will be familiar territory for Allister who returns to Stanford where she was a second-team All-American as a catcher in 2004 and helped lead the Cardinal to Women’s College World Series appearances in 2001 and 2004. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in economics.

“Stanford is home,” said Allister. “Stanford has always been home. I had an amazing experience as an athlete and have always been a proud member of the Stanford community. To be able to come back and lead my alma mater is a dream come true.”

7-6-2017 Waldrop Joins Duke Staff

Waldrop Joins Duke Softball Staff


July 6, 2017


DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head softball coach Marissa Young announced on Thursday the addition of former collegiate National Player of the Year Lacey Waldrop to the Blue Devil coaching staff.  Waldrop will serve as an assistant coach with primary responsibilities including pitching staff and player development.

“We are excited to add Lacey Waldrop to our coaching staff,” said Young.  “I have always respected Lacey as a bright young lady who is humble and no stranger to hard work. I love she is such a fierce competitor who really understands how to connect with student-athletes and elevate their mentality to take their games to the next level. Lacey has had the opportunity to learn from two of the top programs in the country, has an understanding of what it takes to consistently win in both the ACC and NCAA Tournament and is eager to help build a championship culture here at Duke.  She will play an integral role with our pitching staff and in preparing our offense for upcoming opponents.”

Waldrop joins the Duke program following one season at the University of Oklahoma, where she served as a graduate student manager as the Sooners went 61-9, captured the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and defeated top-seeded Florida in the best-of-three NCAA championship series to win their second consecutive national crown