Softball Coaching Staff Named Regional Coaching Staff of the Year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University coaching staff of Brandon Elliott, Jim Inzana, Jim Quinn, and Josh Freeman earned Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors as eight total staffs were recognized across the country on Monday.
The national champion Virginia Wesleyan University coaching staff was the pick of its NFCA peers as the top team in the Atlantic Region, while five others that reached the NCAA Division III Championship in Oklahoma City made the list, along with two teams that just missed being among those final eight teams standing.
Virginia Wesleyan (54-3) set an NCAA Division III record for most wins in a season and defeated defending national champion Texas-Tyler twice facing elimination to reach the best-of-three NCAA Championship Series against St. John Fisher, where it swept the Cardinals to win its first Division III crown.
The Marlins' lone loss in 12 NCAA tournament games was to the Patriots in their first contest in Oklahoma City. Virginia Wesleyan swept through the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals (five games combined) after completing an undefeated (20-0) Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) regular season and going 4-1 en route to its 10th ODAC Tournament title.
The eight teams listed below advanced to consideration for the NFCA NCAA Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year, with NFCA member voting available until 9 p.m. ET on Friday. The winner will be announced on June 12. Texas-Tyler was the 2016 recipient.
All-Region Coaching Staffs of the Year
|Atlantic Region||Virginia Wesleyan|
|Northeast Region||St. John Fisher|
|Great Lakes Region||Illinois Wesleyan|
|Midwest Region||St. Catherine|
|New England Region||Babson|