LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 149 student-athletes from 68 schools who comprise the 2023 NFCA NAIA All-Region teams.
Oregon Institute of Technology in Region IV led all schools with six players chosen for its region’s list, with four earning first-team recognition. Four schools — NAIA World Series participants Central Methodist (Region V) and Georgia Gwinnett (Region I), Our Lady of the Lake (Region II) and Texas A&M-Texarkana (Region I) — had five selections each.
Seven schools — Coastal Georgia (Region I), Southeastern (Region II), College of Idaho and Midland (Region III), Saint Xavier (Region V), and Saint Francis and Cumberlands (Region VI) had four players chosen. Both Cumberlands and Midland are competing in this week’s NAIA World Series.
Twelve schools had three selections, 15 had two chosen, and 29 had one representative.
The awards honor student-athletes from the Association’s six regions with selection to one of two teams. NFCA member head coaches nominate and then vote for the winners in their respective region.
If they were not already voted to an All-Region squad, conference Players and Pitchers of the Year from member institutions are added to the second team in their region, so long as they are nominated by their member head coach and receive votes.
All honorees move forward to be considered for selection for the two NFCA NAIA All-America squads, which will be announced on June 6.
Celebrating 40 years in 2023, the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its vast library of digital education, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to an extensive Awards & Scholarships platform, to NFCA Webinars and a National Convention.