This week features a trio of offensive offerings, along with the building blocks of education focusing on pitching and team practice.
Indiana head coach Shonda Stanton, Ole Miss assistant coach Katie Rietkovich Browder and Dixie State assistant coach Sahvanna Jaquish will talk about offense. They will offer tips and drills on an aggressive mindset, short game and offensive development to assist in improving your team’s game plan.
NFCA Hall of Famer Jo Evans, along with the Texas A&M Aggie coaching staff, will present basics in running a fluid and cohesive practice, while Texas head coach Mike White and his daughter Nyree White (Brick Wall Pitching) will share drills to assist in the early development of a pitcher and offer insight on the New Zealand way of pitching.
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Stanton enters her fourth season at Indiana and has made an immediate impact on the program. In her first season, Stanton guided the Hoosiers to a third-place Big Ten finish and 17 league wins, the most since 2011. Additionally, IU reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2006. In 2019, she steered Indiana to its best start (14-0) in program history and a 36-21 mark (most victories since 2001), while the Hoosiers set a school record with 141 stolen bases. The winningest coach in Marshall history, she spent 18 seasons at the helm of the Thundering Herd directing the program to 560 victories, two NCAA Tournaments and five conference titles. Under her guidance, Stanton’s teams ranked in the top 10 in stolen bases, more than any other program since she took over in 2000, including every year from 2009-17.
Rietkovich Browder returned to Ole Miss this summer as a member of Jamie Trachsel’s coaching staff. Spending 2016-18 in Oxford as the Rebels’ volunteer assistant, Rietkovich Browder was pivotal in the establishment of Ole Miss as a standard for slapping, while also working closely with the catchers. In 2017, a quarter of the team’s hits never left the infield. Prior to her return, Rietkovich Browder spent one season on Trachsel’s 2019 Minnesota staff, making an immediate impact and helping the Gophers reach the Women’s College World Series (WCWS). Under her tutelage, Minnesota’s offense finished second in single-season home runs (72), third in walks (225), fifth in doubles (87) and fifth in slugging (.496).
Jaquish is in her first season as an assistant at Dixie State and her third year as a collegiate coach. The former LSU Tiger enjoyed an illustrious collegiate, international, and professional playing career. Jaquish became the 33rd four-time NFCA All-American in 2017 and left LSU as the program’s all-time RBI leader, which ranked her in the NCAA’s top 10. As a member of Team USA, she helped the squad to a gold medal at the 2018 WBSC World Championships and 2019 Pan-American Games. Jaquish was drafted third overall by the Chicago Bandits in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch draft and was part of USSSA Pride’s Cowles Cup title in 2018. Jaquish just concluded her first season with the newly-formed Athletes Unlimited professional league.
Evans enters her 25th season at the helm of the Texas A&M softball program. In her 37 years as a collegiate head coach, Evans has accumulated 1,237 wins and steered her programs to five WCWS appearances. During her tenure in College Station, the Aggies have advanced to the NCAA postseason 20 times, with seven Super Regional appearances and three trips to Oklahoma City, including a national runner-up finish in 2008. One of the winningest active Division I coaches, Evans has guided Texas A&M to 924 victories, eleven 40-win campaigns and a program-best 57 victories in 2008. She also served as the head coach at Colorado State and her alma mater Utah, directing the latter to a pair of WCWS appearances.
Mike White wasted no time putting his stamp on the Texas Softball program. During his first season at the helm in 2019, White led the Longhorns to a 46-17 record, which was a 15-win improvement from the 2018 campaign, as well as the first NCAA Regional title and NCAA Super Regional appearance since 2013. During the 2020 campaign, White collected his 500th career victory and guided the Longhorns to a 24-3 record. Prior to his move to Austin, White established Oregon as one of the top programs in the country, guiding the Ducks to five WCWS appearances and nine consecutive Super Regionals. Over nine seasons in Eugene, White led Oregon to 435 wins, a .795 winning percentage, five 50-plus win seasons and five Pac-12 titles.
Nyree White played collegiately at Stanford and represented both the United States and New Zealand in international softball. She was a member of Team USA’s U-19 team that captured a world championship and also participated at the 2018 World Championships with New Zealand. She currently is the owner of Brick Wall Softball, an online pitching academy, where White provides a one-of-a-kind online coaching program individualized to each student. Additionally, White is a clinician with The Packaged Deal and serves as the head coach of NT88 Fastpitch 10U select.