Category Archives: Recruiting

College Spotlight – California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big West

Nickname: Titans

School Size: 37,677

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6810, Fullerton, Calif., 92831

Team Site: Cal State, Fullerton Softball

Head Coach:

Kelly Ford –softball@fullerton.edu

Program Highlights:

  • The 2016 season is Coach Ford’s fourth with the Titans
  • The program’s first Big West Player of the Year selection came in 2014
  • Fullerton hosts the Titan Classic every year
  • Four Titans earned NFCA All-Regional honors following the 2016 season

Schedule Highlights:

The Titans finished the 2016 regular season with a 34-5 record.

The Titans full 2016 schedule can be found here.

Information on Titan Softball Camps can be found here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – Virginia Wesleyan College

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Virginia Wesleyan College

Division: NCAA III

Conference: Old Dominion Athletic

Nickname: Marlins

School Size: 1,450

Mailing Address: 1584 Wesleyan Dr, Norfolk, VA 23502

Team Site: Virginia Wesleyan College Softball

Head Coach:

Brandon Elliott – belliott@vwc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Elliott has led the Marlins for 9 seasons
  • The Marlins are consistently ranked nationally in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Top 25, reaching as high as No. 11 in 2013 and No. 7 in 2014
  • Coach Elliott has led the Marlins to the ODAC title game in five of his nine seasons as head coach, winning four Championships
  • Under Coach Elliott players have earned 21 All-Atlantic Region, 25 All-Virginia, and 33 All-ODAC honors
  • Coach Elliott has a 231-82 record overall leading the Marlins
  • In 2013 the Marlins finished the season with a program best 41-8 record and went on to make an appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship

Schedule Highlights:

The Marlins finished the 2016 regular season with a 34-5 record.

The Marlins full 2016 schedule can be found here.

Virginia Wesleyan College hosts the annual Beach Blast Tournament. More information can be found here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Nickname: Tar Heels

School Size: 18,350

Mailing Address: Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Team Site: University of North Carolina Softball

Head Coach:

Donna Papa – djp@unc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Papa has been with the Tar Heels for thirty seasons and holds a record of 1,126-617-5
  • The 2015 Tar Heels finished the season ranked 2nd in the ACC and 36th in the nation
  • Coach Papa has led Carolina to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 15 years and five regular-season ACC titles
  • Under Coach Papa the Tar Heels have posted a winning record in 27 of her 30 seasons, with 13 40-win seasons and one 50-win season in 2008
  • The Tar Heels excel on and off the field, multiple players earning Academic All-American and All-District honors

Schedule Highlights:

The Tar Heels head into the 2016 post season with a 30-22 overall record

North Carolina’s full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Donna J. Papa Softball Camps click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big West

Nickname: 49ers

School Size: 37,430

Mailing Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840

Team Site: Long Beach State Softball

Head Coach:

Kim Sowder – kim.sowder@csulb.edu

Program Highlights:

  • In her nine seasons leading the 49ers, Coach Sowder has never finished the season with a losing record
  • Coach Sowder has a 300-195 (.606) overall record, including a 129-60 (.623) record in Big West Conference games
  • The 49ers have made five trips to the NCAA Tournament and been crowned Big West Conference champions three times
  • In three of the last five seasons, the 49ers have won more than 35 games, posting a 39-19 overall record, winning the Big West and advancing to NCAA Regionals for the 22nd time in program history in 2014
  • The 49ers have had 69 players received all-conference over the last nine years under Sowder

Schedule Highlights:

The 49ers head into the 2016 post season with a 28-18 overall record

The 49ers full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on 49ers Kids Camp click here, June Showcase Camp click here, July Showcase Camp click here, and August Showcase Camp click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Gamecocks

School Size: 32,027

Mailing Address: Columbia, SC 29208

Team Site: University of South Carolina Softball

Head Coach:

Beverly Smith – bevsmith@sc.edu

Program Highlights:

  • In her first five years with the Gamecocks, Coach Smith has a 157-131 record and has led the team to three NCAA Tournament apperances
  • Coach Smith’s squad also produced its first NFCA All-American
  • Under Coach Smith, 18 team program marks have either been broken or re-broken by one of her squads
  • The Gamecocks advanced to post-season play for the first time in 2013 under Coach Smith’s leadership
  • The Gamecocks are currently ranked 27th in the nation with three regular season games left

Schedule Highlights:

The Gamecocks hold a record of  34-18 in the 2016 season

South Carolia will finish the 2016 regular season on the road taking on SEC opponent Missouri

The Gamecocks full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Bev Smith Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – James Madison University

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James Madison University

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association

Nickname: Dukes

School Size: 21,230

Mailing Address: 800 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Team Site: James Madison University Softball

Head Coach:

Mickey Dean – dean3ms@jmu.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Dean is in his fourth season leading the Dukes
  • The Dukes have made an appearance in the NCAA postseason the past three seasons
  • Coach Dean carried a 135-42 record into the 2016 season
  • Under Coach Dean’s leadership, the Dukes have won 52 and lost just 6 conference games
  • In the 2015 season, Coach Dean led the Dukes to their best record in program history, with a 48-10 overall record
  • The 2015 season saw the Dukes break 22 single-season team records, including most wins (48), fewest losses (10), team batting average (.347), home runs (55), runs scored (345), opposing batting average (.174), strikeouts per seven innings (7.86), fewest hits allowed (233), fewest runs allowed (109), strikeouts (417) and fielding percentage (.971).

Schedule Highlights:

The Dukes are 40-3 in the 2016 season and are on a 10 game winning streak

James Madison will finish the 2016 regular season taking on CAA opponents Elon and Hofstra

The Dukes full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Mickey Dean Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

Sophomore Rainey Already Drawing Interest From Top College Programs

Savanna Rainey

Basketball is in her blood, but softball is in her heart. She had been playing basketball since kindergarten, but when Savanna Rainey was in the fourth grade she bought a bat and a glove and went to Verona Little League tryouts. The rest of her story is still being written, but there’s no doubt that her talent is going to take her places.

Savanna eventually gave up basketball to play on more competitive travel softball teams and so that she could attend camps across the country. The young catcher’s talents were recognized by Softball Factory coaches at her first College PREP event in 2013 and again at the Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament in December of 2014.

Kristina Hilberth-Wyatt was an On Field Director at the 2014 Christmas Camp and Tournament and was able to evaluate Savanna’s performance. 

“Savanna understands the game, makes good adjustments, and wants to get better every day,” said Hilberth-Wyatt. “Her hard work and passion for the game will have an immediate impact on a talented team.”

The Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament is a high level invite-only event held every year at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.

“The Softball Factory Christmas Camp was a great experience for me. I appreciated being coached and taught by the highest level of players like Hannah Rodgers,” says Savanna. “I also met a lot of awesome players from all over the country that I continue to stay in touch with. It is fun to watch who is committing and to where.”

Her parents, Andi & Reggie Rainey, echo Savanna’s thoughts: “The Softball Factory Christmas Camp was a great investment. We appreciated how well the camp was run as well as the tournament portion. We loved the one-on-one interaction our daughter received with Lea Ann. We continue to stay in contact with her and she has been helpful in the recruiting process for Savanna.”

Although she cannot officially be recruited until September 1st of her junior year, Savanna has been invited to camps and on unofficial visits by Division 1 programs including Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, the University of Central Florida, Washington and Syracuse.

Senior Director of Softball Factory Lea Ann Jarvis said that she knows Savanna will be very good anywhere she chooses to go.

“I think Savanna will be a great prospect, a great player, anywhere.” Jarvis said. “She’s very athletic, she’s got a great mindset for the game, extremely coachable, does things the right way…in reference to the game and off the field, and she’s got just a really good head on her shoulders.”

College Spotlight – University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Wildcats

School Size: 30,000

Mailing Address: Lexington, KY 40506

Team Site: University of Kentucky Softball

Head Coach:

Rachel Lawson –kentuckysoftball@uky.edu

Program Highlights:

  • Coach Lawson enters her ninth season with the Wildacts carrying a 276-199 record, 89-117 SEC
  • In her time at Kentucky, Coach Lawson has lead UK to its first-ever appearance in the Women’s College World Series, three NCAA Super Regionals the last four seasons, and a program-best 50 wins in 2014
  • Kentucky has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last six seasons, being one of just 21 schools nationally to do so
  • Coach Lawson, who also serves as the pitching coach for the Wildcats, has guided three different pitchers to throw no-hitters against top-25 teams the last three seasons alone
  • Kentucky has 12 career no-hitters, all of which have come under Lawson’s tenure
  • In her eight years with the Wildcats two players have been named All-Americans, 27 have received All-SEC Honors, and 116 players have been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • The Wildcats actively participate in community service programs around Lexington, logging over 1,500 hours since 2006 with eight players having been named to the SEC Community Service team
  • Twenty-seven Wildcats have been honored with the Frank G. Ham Society of Character award, which is the highest honor any UK student-athlete can receive from the university

Schedule Highlights:

The Wildcats are 31-5 through the first half of the 2016 season

The Wildcats full 2016 schedule can be found here.

For more information on Kentucky Softball Camps, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Division: NCAA I

Conference: American Athletic

Nickname: Knights

School Size: 63,002

Mailing Address: 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, Florida, 32816

Team Site: University of Central Florida Softball

Head Coach:

Renee Luers-Gillispie- rgillispie@athletics.ucf.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Gillispie enters her 15th season leading the Knights
    • The Knights are coming off the best season in program history, winning a school record 50 games and setting 11 single season records
    • In 2015 UCF led the nation with a 0.93 ERA and posted a .979 fielding percentage that ranked second in the nation
    • Since starting the program in 2002, Gillispie has led the team to four conference championships, including the program’s first regular season and conference titles in 2015

Schedule Highlights:

The Knights are 23-13 through their first 36 games in 2016

For information on camps, click here.

For the Knights full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruitment questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Missouri

University of Missouri

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Tigers

School Size: 35,448

Mailing Address: Columbia, MO 65211

Team Site: University of Missouri Softball

Head Coach:

Ehren Earleywine- earleywinee@missouri.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Earleywine enters his 10th season as head Tiger with a 411-138 record
    • The Tigers have averaged 45.7 wins per season in Coach Earleywine’s nine seasons in the dugout
    • The Tigers have made three Women’s College World Series appearances, recorded the first three 50-win seasons in school history and have advanced to seven NCAA Super Regionals since Coach Earleywine took over the program in 2007
    • The 2015 Tigers squad set program-best marks for total RBI (355), runs scored (395), walks (264) and combined batting average (.320)

Schedule Highlights:

The Tigers are 22-4, 2-1 in conference play, through their first 26 games in 2016

For information on camps, click here.

For the Tigers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruitment questionnaire, click here.