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2021 Fall Report: Auburn
Auburn has put in extra extra time in the weight room this fall hoping it can strengthen its offense to complement its young pitching talent.
SIUE’s Finigan Trying to Earn Respect After Initial Backlash
SIUE received criticism when it announced P.J. Finigan as its interim softball coach. The former baseball assistant is hoping to earn respect from the softball community.
New Professional League Unveiled; Lauren Chamberlain Named Commissioner
Women’s Professional Fastpitch announced Thursday the launch of a new professional softball league, with Lauren Chamberlain as its commissioner.
Coaches in New Roles: Hofstra’s Adrienne Clark
Training with the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation left a lasting impression on Hofstra’s Adrienne Clark. Rhiannon Potkey recently caught up with Clark as part of a series introducing new head coaches.
‘What is JMU?’ More People Know the Answer After WCWS Run
The publicity perks of JMU’s run to the WCWS have been clearly evident on the recruiting trail. The Dukes have more name recognition.
Coaches in New Roles: Fresno State’s Stacy May-Johnson
Stacy May-Johnson appreciates Fresno State’s history of softball success. Rhiannon Potkey recently caught up with May-Johnson as part of a series introducing new head coaches.
Montana Fouts Ready for More NIL Opportunities, Extra Year at Alabama
Alabama pitcher Montana Fouts has capitalized on the NIL opportunities that have come her way in the last few months. She’s the top collegiate athlete on Cameo, and has more sponsorship deals in the works. Fouts also plans to extend her stay in college.
BYU, Houston, UCF Ready for Power 5 Move to Big 12
BYU, Houston and UCF were unanimously approved to join the Big 12 Conference. The move wasn’t a surprise to the programs after years of building towards the goal.
Duke’s St. George Tricks Out Some Orthotics For a Special Blue Devils Fan
Duke senior pitcher Peyton St. George has an artistic side she likes to share with the world. She just painted a pair of orthotics for a special Blue Devils softball fan with a rare disease.
Coaches in New Roles: Mercer’s Lindsay Fico
Lindsay Fico is ready to make the jump to the Division I level at Mercer. Rhiannon Potkey recently caught up with Fico as part of a series introducing new head coaches.
‘Slamming Sami’ Ward Gets a Signature Burger at Texas Tech
Texas Tech head coach Sami Ward got to create her own burger for Red Raider Meats on campus. The “Slamming Sami Signature Spicy Burger” is sure to fill any stomach.
From the Diamond to the Pitch, Cal’s Makena Smith Makes Goalkeeping Debut
Cal junior catcher Makena Smith joined the soccer team last week as a backup goalkeeper. After only one practice, she started in a 1-1- draw against NCAA defending champion Santa Clara.
Coaches in New Roles: Arizona’s Caitlin Lowe
Caitlin Lowe worked her way up the Arizona coaching tree to reach the top as Mike Candrea’s successor. Rhiannon Potkey caught up with the former All-American as part of a series introducing new head coaches.
Coaches in New Places: Boise State’s Justin Shults
In our “Coaches in New Places” series, Rhiannon Potkey introduces a few of the coaches who have taken over programs during the offseason. This edition features Boise State’s Justin Shults.
Video Review Officially Approved by NCAA
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved implementing optional video review and allowing coaches to have two challenges, beginning in 2021-22.
Lorenz Takes Prides in Her Parents Overcoming Their Addictions
Amanda Lorenz’s parents struggled with addiction before she was born. They’ve been an inspiration to the former Florida All-American.
Oklahoma and Texas Ready for More Competition, Exposure in the SEC
Oklahoma and Texas are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. The programs are excited for a more challenging schedule and increased financial opportunities.
Full-Circle Memory: OU’s Gasso to Throw Out First Pitch at Dodgers Game
Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso grew up listening to Dodgers games on a transistor radio and bonding with her mom. She will be throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.
Road to Tokyo: USA Softball’s Monica Abbott
Monica Abbott has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the sport for nearly two decades. She will finally get a second chance to pursue Olympic gold this month in Tokyo.
Back on the Road: Coaches Relish Return to In-Person Recruiting
After COVID shut down in-person recruiting for nearly 15 months, college coaches are grateful to be back on the road searching for the next generation of stars.
From Home Runs to Home Ownership, Kate Gordon Had it Covered
JMU’s Kate Gordon balanced playing softball with a job in real estate while helping the Dukes make a magical run to the Women’s College World Series.
Game-Changer: How New NIL Rules Could Impact College Softball
The new name, image and likeness rules represent a historic change in college athletics. What will the impact be on softball? How many players will cash in? Everyone is learning as it goes.
NCAA Softball Rules Committee Recommends Video Review
The NCAA announced Friday that the Softball Rules Committee has proposed implementing video review and allowing coaches to have two video review challenges beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.
Road to Tokyo: USA Softball’s Hannah Flippen
Hannah Flippen was on the softball field before she was even born. The defensive stalwart fell in love from the start, and earned a spot on the US Olympic team as a replacement player.
USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selections Announced
Six current Division I players and 12 committed and/or signed Division I players were selected Friday to represent the United States as members of the 2021 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team.
Tennessee’s Ralph Weekly Retires, Karen Weekly Signs Extension
Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly is retiring after 34 seasons as a college coach. His wife, Karen, signed an extension and will remain as head coach of the Lady Vols.