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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 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 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 – 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 – University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Big Ten

Nickname: Wolverines

School Size: 37,200

Mailing Address: 500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Team Site: University of Michigan Softball

Head Coach:

Carol Hutchins- hutch@umich.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Hutchins is entering her 32nd season leading the Wolverines
    • The Wolverines have won one National Championship and 18 Big Ten Conference titles
    • Coach Hutchins enters the 2016 season with 1,432 career wins, making her the second-winningest coach in NCAA softball history
    • T Michigan has produced 31 Big Ten Players/Pitchers of the Year and has had 17 players selected as NFCA All-Americans
    • Coach Hutchins founded the Michigan Softball Academy in 2010 in conjunction with the program’s annual “Pink Game.” The academy is a one-night on-field clinic for adults that raises funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization. The program has raised more than $500,000 for the American Cancer Society

Schedule Highlights:

The Wolverines opened their 2016 season going 4-1 at USF Wilson-Demarini Tournament and sweeping opponents at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Michigan will compete in three more tournaments, the Mary Nutter Memorial (Feb 25-27), the Judi Garman Classic (March 3-6), and the Red and Black Tournament (March 12-13) before starting the regular season March 16th at home against Eastern Michigan

For the Wolverines full 2016 schedule, click here.

More information for recruits can be found here.

College Spotlight – Thomas College

Thomas College

Division: NCAA III

Conference: North Atlantic Conference

Nickname: Terriers

School Size: 800

Mailing Address: 180 West River Rd, Waterville, ME 04901

Team Site: Thomas College Softball

Head Coach:

Terry Parlin- ParlinT@Thomas.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Parlin will begin his 8th season as a head coach of the Terriers
    • The Terriers reached the NAC finals in 2015 after achieving an 8-4 conference record
    • Thomas College recruits from all states based on talent
    • The top majors at Thomas are Criminal Justice, Education and Business

Schedule Highlights:

The Terriers being the 2016 season by spending a week in Cleremont, FL taking on various opponents at the National Training Center

Thomas’ first home game will be a double header on April 4th against Bates

For the Terriers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.

Softball Factory Alum Olivia Young Signs With Missouri S&T

Olivia Young

Olivia Young

Olivia Young will graduate this spring from Belleville West High School in Millstadt, IL, and while she is gearing up for her final high school season of softball, the left-handed hitting first baseman has recently made a decision that will take her into the next step of her playing career.

Young has signed with Missouri S&T (Science & Technology), a school where students study engineering, sciences and mathematics. From the softball side with the Miners, Young’s skill set will likely help a roster that has a good mixture of young and veteran-laden talent when she arrives in 2017.

We first saw Olivia in late-March 2015 at an Under Armour Softball Factory College PREP event in Florissant, MO, just outside of St. Louis, and the athletic first baseman impressed coaches and scouts with her ability to swing for power. Defensively she was quick around the bag with excellent glove work and lots of range.

Because of her impressive skill set, she went onto get looks while playing with Softball Factory last November at Softball Factory’s Fall Classic on the 18U Gold squad. At the event, she continued to develop her game and confidence overall, however, up to that point, the college recruiting process hadn’t yet become a priority or a focus.

When I first saw her in late March at the tryout in St. Louis, she was hands down the best player there,” says Julia Rice, Olivia’s Player Development Coordinator for Softball Factory. “She had a great bat and moved very well at first. I remember talking to her dad Scott on the phone when I went over her evaluation and he let me know that she didn’t really have any schools after her.”

The reason Olivia didn’t have schools looking at her was because it was thought she was too late in the recruiting process, and that attending junior college would be the only option. But after working with the Factory, and strengthening her profile by attending and being filmed at the College PREP event in Florissant, the connections throughout the country gave Young an ace up her sleeve.

I spoke with Dave Majeski who was one of the scouts at the event and who has a ton of college connections and we talked about Olivia,” says Rice. “We both agreed that we saw something very special in her, and even though she was a junior, we knew that she could play at the next level. She also has a 5.0 GPA and we knew that a school would be lucky to have her.”

After her great showing at the Fall Classic, Young received more attention from schools and combined with her hard work and perseverance, made the ultimate decision to go to Missouri S&T for the next step as a student-athlete. There were definitely hard times and periods of doubt, according to her father, Scott, but Olivia pushed through, bonded by the support and confidence she received from the Softball Factory staff.

The support and confidence she received from several staff members.. that was what kept her going. In particular Dave Majeski,” Scott mentions. Majeski, a legend at the University of Florida where he played baseball and was an All-SEC outfielder, later went onto become the Assistant Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at his alma mater for three years. He’s also helped to start the Memphis Women’s softball program as Assistant Coach before becoming the head coach at Presbyterian College for five seasons.

The caring for of Olivia the player but the person as well, helped to re-energize her as the search for a college gained steam.

After meeting and talking with Dave, there seemed to be a light re-instilled, a drive in Olivia that kept her going. His confidence in her and the efforts put forth with her were what made Olivia want to play ball in college again. He made countless calls on her behalf and set her up with numerous coaches. The support that Softball Factory gave Olivia is immeasurable,” says Scott.

Now, Young begins her final high school season, armed with talent and confidence and ready to make memories at her next stop. Knowing all of that, she hasn’t forgotten where she’s been and how far she has come.

I really appreciated all of the information given to me about recruiting and the calls you and your staff made for me,” says Olivia. “I really enjoyed my time with the Softball Factory and I have made friends I will never forget.”

College Spotlight – William Paterson University

William Paterson University

Division: NCAA III

Conference: New Jersey Athletic Conference

Nickname: Pioneers

School Size: 11,500

Mailing Address: 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Team Site: William Paterson University Softball

Head Coach:

Hallie Cohen- cohenh@wpunj.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Cohen will be entering her 21st season as Head Coach
    • In her first twenty seasons, Coach Cohen is  a four time NJAC coach of the year and has posted a 564-286-4 record
    • The Pioneers program has advanced to 13 NCAA Tournaments and reached the NCAA Softball Championship twice
    • William Paterson has won 20 or more games 16 of the last 17 seasons under Coach Cohen’s guidance

Schedule Highlights:

The Pioneers begin their season at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, FL, March 13-19th

The Pioneers first home games will be a doubleheader on March 29th vs Manhattanville College

For the Pioneers full 2016 schedule, click here.

To fill out a recruiting questionnaire, click here.