Category Archives: College Spotlight

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 Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Sun Belt

Nickname: Ragin’ Cajuns

School Size: 17,508

Mailing Address: 104 E. University Circle, Lafayette, LA 70503

Team Site: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Softball

Head Coach:

Michael Lotief- lotiefmpl@bellsouth.net

Program Highlights:

    • In 12 seasons as either co-head coach or head coach, Coach Lotief has advanced to the NCAA tournament in every single one, compiling a 596-147-1 record
    • In 2013, when Coach Lotief took over as the sole head coach, the Cajun’s finished with a 47-15 record and a trip to the NCAA Ann Arbor Super Regionals
    • The Cajuns have hit 903 home runs, and driven in 4,121 runs with a .302 batting average under Coach Lotief
    • The 2015 Cajuns team was home to two All-American players, four All-Region players, and eight All-Sun Belt players

Schedule Highlights:

The Ragin’ Cajuns are 19-1 through their first 20 games in 2016

The Cajuns’ are 2-0 against conference opponents

Fun in the Sun Camp will be held June 13-17. 14U Youth Camp will be held June 20-24. More information can be found here.

For the Cajuns’ full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click 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.

College Spotlight – University of Oregon

University of Oregon

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Pac-12

Nickname: Ducks

School Size: 24,200

Mailing Address: 1585 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403

Team Site: University of Oregon Softball

Head Coach:

Mike White-softball@uoregon.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach White has been with the Ducks going on seven seasons
    • In seven years, the Coach White has a 280-83-1 career record and a 91-43-1 Pac-12 record
    • The Ducks have won three consecutive Pac-12 titles, made six consecutive Super-Regionals appearances, and three College World Series appearances
    • The Ducks have had 12 All-Americans, 33 all-region selections, three WCWS all-tournament team members, three Pac-12 Pitchers of the Year, two Pac-12 Batting Champions, one Pac-12 Freshman of the Year under Coach White
    • Oregon was the No. 2 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Championships

Schedule Highlights:

The Ducks opened their 2016 season going 5-1 at the Kajikawa Classic, 3-2 at the Louisiana Classic, and 4-1 at the Mary Nutter Classic

Oregon will compete in two more tournaments this season, the Alexis Park Resort Classic (March 4-6) and the Louisville Slugger Invitational (March 11-13) before starting their season against the University of Washington on March 19

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

For Oregon’s full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – University of Alabama

University of Alabama

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Nickname: Crimson Tide

School Size: 36,100

Mailing Address: Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Team Site: University of Alabama Softball

Head Coach:

Patrick Murphy- psmurphy@bama.ua.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Through 18 seasons, Coach Murphy has a 890-241 (.787) record with the Crimson Tide
    • The Crimson Tide have won 10 SEC championships (5 regular season and 5 tournaments), made 17 consecutive NCAA tournaments and have advanced to the Women’s College World Series ten times
    • Alabama won their first national championship in school history and the first softball national championship in the history of the SEC in 2012
    • The Crimson Tide have produced 25 All-American players, with 12 of those being selected multiple years
    • Every member of the 2015 Crimson Tide either was named to the Academic All-SEC or the SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll lists. The team’s 3.495 team GPA was the highest of any SEC team, ranked 13th nationally among all Division-I programs

Schedule Highlights:

The Crimson Tide opened their 2016 season going 4-1 at the UCF Classic and sweeping opponents at the Panther Invitational

Alabama will compete in three more tournaments this season, the Easton Bama Bash (Feb 26-28), Easton Crimson Classic (March 3-6), and the Easton Tournament (March 17-19)

The Crimson Tide are 11-1 through their first twelve games of the 2016 season

For Alabama’s full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – Auburn University

Auburn University

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Nickname: Tigers

School Size: 27,300

Mailing Address: Auburn, AL 36849

Team Site: Auburn University Softball

Head Coach:

Clint Myers- cam0082@auburn.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Myers is entering his third season with the Tigers
    • Through his first two seasons, Coach Myers has a 108-30-1 record
    • In 2015, Coach Myers led the Tigers to their first Conference Tournament championship, first NCAA Regional, first NCAA Super Regional and two games in their first College World Series
    • Auburn has produced 11 All-American players, four with Coach Myers as head Tiger

Schedule Highlights:

The Tigers opened their 2016 season sweeping opponents at the Plainsman Invitational and going 4-1 at the Michele Smith PCF Invitational

Auburn will compete in two more tournaments this season, the Tiger Invitational (Feb 26-28) and the Wilson/DeMarini Classic (March 4-6)

The Tigers are 10-1 through their first 11 games in 2016

For the Tigers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

College Spotlight – Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Nickname: Lady Tigers

School Size: 30,500

Mailing Address: Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Team Site: Louisiana State University Softball

Head Coach:

Beth Torina- btorina@lsu.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Torina is entering her fifth year with the Tigers
    • The Lady Tigers have made four NCAA Regional berths, two NCAA Super Regional berths, 2012 & 2015 Women’s College World Series berths
    • LSU has produced 10 First Team All-American players
    • Coach Torina has established an active community service function within the softball program as the Tigers regularly visit hospitals and schools in the Baton Rouge area

Schedule Highlights:

The Lady Tigers opened their 2016 season going 4-1 at the Tiger Classic and 4-1 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

LSU will compete in two more tournaments this season, the Purple & Gold Challenge (Feb 26-28) and the LSU Invitational (March 4-6)

The Tigers first home game is scheduled for February 24th against South Alabama

For the Lady Tigers full 2016 schedule, click here.