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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 – 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.

College Spotlight – University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big Ten

Nickname: Gophers

School Size: 51,150

Mailing Address: Tucson, Arizona 85721

Team Site: University of Minnesota Softball

Head Coach:

Jessica Allister- candrea@arizona.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Allister enters her sixth season with the Gophers, coming off a 49 win 2015 season
    • The Gophers are 191-88 with Coach Allister leading the team
    • The Gophers set program records in 2015 in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, doubles and home runs. The pitching staff set a record for most strikeouts
    • Minnesota also had the 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year along with 14 total players being earning Academic All-B1G Honors

Schedule Highlights:

The Gophers are 19-9 through their first 28 games in 2016

For information on camps, click here.

For the Gophers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruitment questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Arizona

University of Arizona

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Pac-12

Nickname: Wildcats

School Size: 40,200

Mailing Address: Tucson, Arizona 85721

Team Site: University of Arizona Softball

Head Coach:

Mike Candrea- candrea@arizona.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Candrea is coaching his 31st season with the Wildcats in 2016
    • Coach Candrea is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I Softball history with a record of 1,428-358-2 (.799)
    • Under Coach Candrea the Wildcats have made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for 30 consecutive seasons, won eight national titles, and made 22 trips to the Women’s College World Series

Schedule Highlights:

The Wildcats are 20-9, 2-1 in the Pac-12, through their first 29 games in 2016

For information on camps held by Coach Candrea, click here.

For the Wildcats full 2016 schedule, click here.

More information for recruits can be found here.

College Spotlight – University of Georgia

University of Georgia

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern

Nickname: Bulldogs

School Size: 36,130

Mailing Address: Athens, GA 30602

Team Site: University of Georgia Softball

Head Coach:

Lu Harris-Champer- lhc@sports.uga.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Harris-Champer enters her 16th season at UGA with a 731-265 record
    • The Bulldogs have made 14-straight NCAA Championship appearances, won two SEC Championships, one SEC Tournament Championship, eight NCAA Regional Championships, and two NCAA Super Regional Championships
    • In the past 16 years UGA has had 24 NFCA All-Americans, 13 Easton All-Americans, 73 All-SEC recognitions, and 54 NFCA All-Region selections
    • Through 15 seasons with Coach Harris-Champer leading them, Georgia has academically produced three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 12 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, and 81 members selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
    • During the 2015 season, the Bulldogs set several program records including batting average (.343), runs scored (440), and on base percentage (.420)

Schedule Highlights:

The Bulldogs are 24-3 through their first 27 games in 2016

UGA will begin conference play on March 19 with a three game trip to USC

For information on summer camps at UGA, click here.

For the Bulldogs full 2016 schedule, click here.

More information for recruits can be found here.

College Spotlight – University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big 12

Nickname: Sooners

School Size: 28,970

Mailing Address: 660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019

Team Site: University of Oklahoma Softball

Head Coach:

Patty Gasso- pgasso@ou.edu

Program Highlights:

    • The Sooners have made a postseason berth in each of Coach Gasso’s 21 seasons and reached the College World Series nine times
    • Coach Gasso holds a 1028-305-2 record while leading the Sooners
    • Eight Sooners have been named Big 12 Player of the Year a total of 10 times, four have been selected as Big 12 Freshman of the Year, three as Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and one as Big 12 Newcomer
    • Because of their hard work in the classroom, the Sooners have been honored with 106 Academic All-Conference honors, with eight of those going on to become Academic All-Americans
    • Oklahoma became the first team in Big 12 Conference history to capture each of the four major end-of-season awards, taking home Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year honors in 2015

Schedule Highlights:

The Sooners are 12-4 through their first 16 games of the 2016 season

The Oklahoma University Tournament will take place March 11-13 at the Sooners home field

For the Sooners full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruitment questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee

Division: NCAA I

Conference: SEC

Nickname: Volunteers

School Size: 27,845

Mailing Address: Knoxville, TN 37996

Team Site: University of Tennessee Softball

Head Coaches:

Ralph Weekly- rweekly@utk.edu
Karen Weekly- kweekly@utk.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Since arriving at Tennessee in 2002, the Weekly’s have guided UT to 711 victories, five top three national finishes, and seven appearances in the College World Series
    • In their 14 years with the Volunteers, the Weekly’s have coached 61 All-SEC or All-Freshman selections, 50 All Region selections, and 31 All-American selections
    • Throughout the 2015 season the Vols produced a program-record 100 home runs with five players hitting 10 or more in the
    • In 2015 the Volunteers went 47-17 and made a late-season run that included a runner-up finish in the SEC Tournament and a 5-1 record in NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals play

Schedule Highlights:

The Vols are 16-5 through their first 21 games of the season and have not lost at home thus far

Tennessee will play their first conference games against Arkansas with a three-game home stand starting on March 11

For the Volunteers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Pac-12

Nickname: Bruins

School Size: 43,300

Mailing Address: 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Team Site: UCLA Softball

Head Coach:

Kelly Inouye-Perez- kinouye@athletics.ucla.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Inouye-Perez is entering her 10th season as head coach of the Bruins
    • In nine years, the Coach Inouye-Perez has a 398-128 career record and a 128-73 Pac-12 record
    • In 2015 UCLA finished second in the Pac-12 Conference and advanced to the College World Series for the first time in five seasons
    • The Bruins lead all schools in NCAA championships (11) overall WCWS championships (12), championship game appearances (21), and NCAA Tournament wins (187)
    • In 2015 four Bruins were named NFCA All-Americans, which tied for the third-most nationally

Schedule Highlights:

The Bruins are 13-8 through their first 21 games in 2016

UCLA will compete in one more tournament, the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Invitational (March 11-13) before continuing the regular season against conference opponent California

For the Bruins full 2016 schedule, click here.

More information for recruits can be found here.