Virginia Wesleyan voted 2017 NCAA Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year

Virginia Wesleyan voted 2017 NCAA Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year

Virginia Wesleyan voted 2017 NCAA Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – National champion Virginia Wesleyan University was the pick of its peers as the 2017 NFCA's NCAA Division III National Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association revealed on Monday.

Head coach Brandon Elliott and assistants Jim Inzana, Jim Quinn and Josh Freeman had previously been selected as the NFCA Division III Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year on June 5.  

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 other seven NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honorees in Division III this season were three-time reigning West winner Texas-Tyler, national runner-up St. John Fisher for the second straight year in the Northeast, fellow repeat winners Illinois Wesleyan (Great Lakes) and Trine (Central), plus Babson (New England), Ramapo (East) and St. Catherine (Midwest).

Texas-Tyler was last year's NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year, following its first NCAA title. Tufts won three straight NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year and NCAA crowns from 2013-15.