LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NFCA is pleased to announce Logan (Utah) High School head coach Lexi Hatch is the 2021 recipient of the Mary Nutter Scholarship. Hatch will receive funding to attend the 2021 NFCA National Convention, Dec. 8-11 at Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas.
The Mary Nutter Scholarship is an educational grant named for the former Pittsburg State (Kan.) head coach and 1997 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee who founded the National Sports Clinics. It seeks to continue Nutter’s effort to provide softball coaches at all levels access to the best minds in the sport to help them become better coaches themselves.
Hatch is in her second year as Logan’s head coach and serves on the NFCA’s High School All-Region/All-America Committee. Prior to joining the prep ranks, Hatch ran the city of Logan’s recreational and competitive fastpitch programs, along with adult slowpitch.
During that time, she led the transition of the recreational league from slowpitch to fastpitch, while also holding free fastpitch clinics for Cache Valley, Utah with 150 attendees the past four years. Hatch’s goal is to continue expanding the softball programs throughout Cache Valley and is working with four other cities to strengthen their recreational leagues.
“I attended the 2020 NFCA Coaches Clinic in Portland, Ore. and absolutely fell in love with the NFCA,” said Hatch. “Since becoming a member, I have consumed everything the NFCA has to offer and immediately got involved by joining the All-Region/All-America Committee, where I have enjoyed learning from and working with all the other members. I would love the opportunity to attend the NFCA Convention and put my everything into softball.”
Nutter, who passed away in July 2012, compiled a 204-125 record over eight years at Pittsburg State University. She got her start in coaching with three years as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, after seven years as a teacher in nearby Elsie, Mich.
In 1981, Nutter won the first of three NAIA District 10 titles and the first of her three District 10 Coach of the Year honors (1981, 1982, 1985). That 1981 squad finished fourth at the NAIA national championship and she served as an assistant coach for the 1983 Pan American Tri-Nationals team and was a member of the 1984 U.S. Pan American selection committee. Nutter was a 1988 inductee into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
As a player, Nutter was a two-time first-team All-American (1974-75) for the Lansing Laurels, an ASA Women’s Major fastpitch team and spent 1976 as player-coach for the Michigan Travelers of the Women’s Professional Softball League.