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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – From our Hall of Fame to Victory Club to the Donna Newberry "Perseverance" Award, the NFCA recognizes its peers each year at the NFCA Convention.

The pinnacle of coach’s recognition is the annual NFCA Hall of Fame banquet. Each year, members are recognized for their accomplishments both on and off the field and contributions to the sport of softball with inductions into the prestigious Hall of Fame. 

This year’s event at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, features Harvard head coach Jenny Allard, retired Southern Illinois head coach Keri Blaylock, retired SIUE head coach Sandy Montgomery and Sheldon High School (Calif.) head coach Mary Jo Truesdale. Inducted on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m., this quartet makes up the 32nd Hall of Fame Class and brings the Hall’s total to 92.


On Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10:45 a.m., the Awards Brunch is being held to honor coaches and programs for the following awards: Victory Club, NFCC Four-Star Master Coaches, Easton/NFCA Top Academic Teams, Outgoing Board Awards, StrikeOut Cancer divisional winners, Netting Professionals/NFCA Fields of the Year, Easton/NFCA Assistant Coaches of the Year, Regional and National Coaching Staffs of the Year.

Additionally, attendees will hear from Sharon Panske and Janae Shirley, recipients of the Donna Newberry "Perseverance" and Humanitarian Awards, respectively.

Along with the numerous awards, five members (listed below) will be attending Convention as part of the NFCA’s scholarship program. They will be recognized on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. during the Mentoring Workshop.

Mary Nutter Scholarship – Kayla Cato, Pace Academy (Ga.) & Megan White, Utica University
Diversity Scholarship – Olivia Daniel, Hillside HS (N.C.)
Geri Ann Glasco Memorial Scholarship – Abbie Millete, Seminole State College of Florida
Natasha Watley Scholarship for Social Change – Bria White, State Fair CC

Head over to for all Convention information. 

The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches polls and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention

Learn more about the NFCA and consider joining our lineup of coaches today! In August 2022, for the first time in Association history, the NFCA surpassed 6,000 members. 

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