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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 – 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.

Audrey Lyle Commits to Division I Belmont University

Audrey Lyle, ’18

On April 11th, after considering multiple offers, Audrey Lyle verbally committed to continuing her education and softball career at Division I Belmont University. Five days later she hit her first high school career home run for the Westlake Demons as a sophomore on the varsity team.

Ryan Schweikert has been Audrey’s Softball Factory Player Development Coordinator since 2013 and has seen her transform into a competitive athlete.

“Audrey progressed [over the past few years] extremely fast for a girl her age. She has a great work ethic and a great support system [in her family] that has helped turn her into a Division I player,” said Schweikert.

Lyle began her journey with Softball Factory in 2013, attending a national tryout in her home state of Ohio. Since then she has attended multiple high level, invite-only events including Select Training at Vero Beach, 2014 Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament, and the 2016 All-American Pre-Season Tournament.

Evaluations at these events are done by Softball Factory on-field directors and coaches. Audrey’s evaluations consistently praised her advanced techniques, improvement between events, and the hard work she put in to get there.

“I am so thankful for all of the support and instruction I have received from the Softball Factory and its coaches over the past few years,” said Audrey by email. “They taught me how to become a better softball player and person.”

Audrey’s parents, Rick and Laura Lyle, are thrilled to see their daughter find her future home at Belmont.

“The campus and its coaches and players were everything she could have imagined when looking for a place to call home,” said her mother Laura, “She is going to keep working hard so that she gets to Belmont ready to contribute, both on the field and off.”

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 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 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.