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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ten highly successful programs were honored by the NFCA as Division I Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year, announced the Association Monday afternoon. Five Women’s College World Series participants were chosen by their respective regions, including Central Region winner and National Champion, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma captured its third National Championship after defeating Auburn in a grueling three-game series. The Sooners’ 32-game win streak was ended in game two, but they were able to recover and take home the championship with a 2-1 victory in game three. In route to the championship, Oklahoma topped four of the top 10 national seeds.

Representing each of the NFCA’s 10 Division I regions, these respective coaching staffs are now eligible for the NFCA’s National Coaching Staff of the Year award, which will be announced on June 29.

 

Central – Oklahoma

Overall: 57-8              Big-12: 17-1

Head Coach: Patty Gasso

Associate Head Coach: Melyssa Lombardi

Assistant Coach: JT Gasso

Volunteer Assistant Coach: Andrea Gasso

Director of Operations: Jackie Livingston

Captured program’s third national championship… Big 12 regular season champions… Won 33 of its final 34 games of the season… No. 3 overall national seed… Swept Norman Regional and Super Regional… Third straight NFCA Central Region CSOY award.

 

Great Lakes – Michigan

Overall: 52-7              Big-10: 21-2

Head Coach: Carol Hutchins

Associate Head Coach: Bonnie Tholl

Assistant Coach: Jennifer Brundage, Alex Lagesse

Director of Operations: Nikki Nemitz

Twelfth WCWS appearance in program history… Ninth straight Big Ten regular season title… No. 2 overall national seed… Swept Ann Arbor Regional and Super Regional… Third straight NFCA Great Lakes Region CSOY award.

 

Mid Atlantic – Notre Dame

Overall: 43-13            ACC: 13-7

Head Coach – Deanna Gumpf

Associate Coaches: Kris Ganeff, Lizzy Ristano

Volunteer Assistant Coach: Jamie Spitale

Director of Operations: Kasey O’Connor

Eighteenth straight NCAA tournament appearance… Eighth straight 40-win season… Ann Arbor Regional runners-up… ACC Tournament runners-up… National ranked all season… Posted 4-1 record at Mary Nutter and went undefeated at Diamond 9 Citrus Classic and FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Spring Break Classic.

 

Mideast – University of South Florida

Overall: 45-16            AAC: 15-3

Head Coach: Ken Eriksen

Assistant Coaches: Jessica Moore, Tommy Santiago

Volunteer Assistant Coach: Avon Meacham

Graduate Assistant: Stephanie Juergens

American Athletic Conference Regular Season champions… American Athletic Conference Tournament runners-up… Tallahassee Regional appearance… Enjoyed a season-long 23-game win streak in the first half of the year and has been nationally ranked the last eight weeks of the regular season.

 

Midwest – North Dakota State

Overall: 39-15            ACC: 17-0

Head Coaches: Darren Mueller, Jamie Trachsel

Assistant Coach: Brynne Dordel

Graduate Assistant Manager: Kendall Grimm

Fifth straight Summit League regular season title… Third straight Summit League Tournament championship (seventh in eight years)… Undefeated conference record… Seattle Regional appearance… Third straight season with at least one win in NCAA Tournament play.

 

Northeast – James Madison

Overall: 50-6              CAA: 18-1

Head Coach: Mickey Dean

Assistant Coaches: Loren Messick-LaPorte, Jennifer Herzig

Volunteer Assistant: Brandon Cohen

Second straight Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season Championship… CAA Tournament and Harrisonburg Regional champions… Set program record with 50 wins… Competed (hosted) in its first Super Regional… No. 7 overall national seed… Ascended as high as No. 6 in NFCA poll.

 

Pacific – Fresno State

Overall: 42-12-1         MWC: 22-1

Head Coach: Trisha Ford

Assistant Coaches: Sara Pickering, Carly Wynn

Volunteer Assistant: Jeff Harger

Student Manager: Andrew Rich

Director of Operations: Taylor Green

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions… 23-game win streak, which included an undefeated April (15-0)… 14 weeks ranked in the top 25… Los Angeles Regional appearance.

 

South – Alabama

Overall: 51-14            SEC: 17-8

Head Coach: Patrick Murphy

Associate Head Coach: Alyson Habetz

Assistant Coach: Stephanie VanBrakle

Volunteer Assistant: Adam Arbour

Director of Operations: Kate Harris

Twelfth 50-win season and its 10th in the last 12 seasons… Third straight WCWS appearance and 11th overall… Tuscaloosa Regional and Super Regional Champions… No. 6 overall national seed… Won its 1000th game in program history on April 5 to become the fourth SEC program to reach this milestone.

 

Southeast – Auburn

Overall: 58-11            SEC: 16-7

Head Coach: Clint Myers

Assistant Coaches: Scott Woodard, Corey Myers

Volunteer Assistant: Hunter Veach

Director of Operations: Jim Beitia

National runners-up… Second straight WCWS appearance… Captured second consecutive SEC Tournament title… Auburn Regional and Super Regional Champions… Second straight NFCA Southeast Region CSOY award… No. 4 overall national seed.

 

West – UCLA

Overall: 40-15-1         PAC-12: 16-5-1

Head Coach: Kelly Inouye-Perez

Assistant Coaches: Lisa Fernandez, Kirk Walker

Director of Operations: Claire Donyanavard

Second straight Women’s College World Series appearance… Eugene Super Regional champions… Los Angeles Regional champions… Third straight NFCA West Region CSOY award… No. 12 overall national seed.

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