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OKLAHOMA CITY – Fourteen of the 2019 Top 50 “Watch List” athletes join 36 other student-athletes on the “Watch List” for the 2020 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. Announced today by USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award enters its 18th season and recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female collegiate softball players across the country.

2020 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year “Watch List”
 
Previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, the most prestigious individual honor in NCAA Division I Softball, are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010), Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011), Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts (2012 and 2013), Florida State's Lacey Waldrop (2014), Florida’s Lauren Haeger (2015), Michigan’s Sierra Romero (2016), Florida’s Kelly Barnhill (2017) and UCLA’s Rachel Garcia (2018 and 2019). 
 
The preseason “Watch List” includes 28 seniors, 13 juniors and 9 sophomores, with freshman ineligible for consideration. (Freshman can be considered for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award once they have competed at the collegiate level).  Athletes named to the “Watch List” represent 33 NCAA Division I universities and 19 athletic conferences. UCLA leads the way among universities with four athlete representatives, while five universities (Alabama, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington) have three athletes on the “Watch List” apiece. The Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences are also well-represented with five member-schools, while four universities represent the Southeastern Conference (SEC). 
 
The Top 25 Finalists for the 2020 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 22. While an athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists. The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 6 and the Top 3 announced May 20. The 2020 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 26. 
 
In addition to bestowing the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, USA Softball is now in its 18th season of presenting the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll which is announced Tuesdays during the regular season. The preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll was released Jan. 28 with Alabama, Washington, Oklahoma, UCLA and Arizona taking the Top 5 spots respectively. 
 
Follow along with NCAA Softball all season long at USASoftball.com.

-- Courtesy of USA Softball

NCAA Division I

NCAA Division I

CENTRAL REGION | University of Oklahoma

Head Coach: Patty Gasso

Associate Head Coach: Jennifer Rocha | Assistant: JT Gasso | Volunteer Assistant: Alyssa Reina | Graduate Manager: Michael Lewis


GREAT LAKES REGION | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Head Coach: Jamie Trachsel

Assistants: Piper Ritter, Katie Rietkovich | Volunteer Assistant: Alyssa Reina | Director of Operations: Cody Shoemaker | Graduate Manager: Michael Lewis


MID-ATLANTIC REGION | Virginia Tech

Head Coach: Pete D'Amore

Assistant Coaches: Kirin Kumar, Doug Gillis | Volunteer Assistant: Matt Guemmer


MIDEAST REGION | Louisiana Tech University

Head Coach: Mark Montgomery

Associate Head Coach: Emerald Doria | Assistant Coaches: Bianca Duran, Mike Forsythe | Graduate Manager: Brooke Morris


MIDEAST REGION | Southeast Missouri State University

Head Coach: Mark Redburn

Assistant Coaches: Kristen Jones, Bill Graham


MIDWEST REGION | Oklahoma State University

Head Coach: Kenny Gajewski

Assistant Coaches: Stacie Pestrak, Jeff Cottrill | Volunteer Assistant: Cody Barham


NORTHEAST REGION | James Madison University

Head Coach: Loren LaPorte

Associate Head Coach: Jennifer Herzig | Assistant Coach: Libby Morris | Volunteer Assistant: Derek Sauder


PACIFIC REGION | University of Washington

Head Coach: Heather Tarr

Assistant Coaches: J.T. D’Amico, Lance Glasoe | Volunteer Assistant: Whitney Jones | Director of Operations: Amy LeFurgy


SOUTH REGION | University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Head Coach: Pat Murphy

Associate Head Coach: Alyson Habetz | Assistant Coach: Stephanie Prothro | Volunteer Assistant: Brynne Dordel | Director of Operations: Kate Harris


SOUTHEAST REGION | University of Florida

Head Coach: Tim Walton

Assistant Coaches: Aric Thomas, Mike Bosch | Volunteer Assistant: Jolene Henderson


WEST REGION | University of California, Los Angeles

Head Coach: Kelly Inouye-Perez

Assistant Coaches: Lisa Fernandez, Kirk Walker | Volunteer Assistant: Kylee Perezz

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NCAA Division II

NCAA Division II

ATLANTIC REGION | West Chester University

Head Coach: Diane Lokey

Assistant Coach: Laura Altenburger


CENTRAL REGION | Augustana University

Head Coach: Gretta Melsted

Assistant Coaches: Nat Wagner, Kelsey Thompson


EAST REGION | Long Island University Post

Head Coach: Jamie Apicella

Assistant Coaches: Megan Butterworth, Lou Vanacore


MIDWEST REGION | Grand Valley State University

Head Coach: Dana Callihan

Assistant Coaches: Jen Rivera, Aaron Daldos, Jessi Ramos


SOUTH REGION | University of West Florida

Head Coach: Ashliegh McLean

Assistant Coach: Emma Johansen | Graduate Assistant: Becca Taylor | Student Assistant: Taylor Bayness


SOUTH CENTRAL REGION | Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Head Coach: Craig Nicholson

Assistant Coach: Justin Lewis | Graduate Assistant: Melina Sanchez


SOUTHEAST REGION | Young Harris College

Head Coach: Kayla Lucas

Assistant Coach: Amanda Henderson | Graduate Assistants: Hannah Reppert, Sara Alderman


WEST REGION | University of California San Diego

Head Coach: Patti Gerckens

Associate Head Coach: Jessica Millsap | Assistant Coaches: Megan Griffith, Nicole Hennessey | Volunteer Assistant: Ray Noelte

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NCAA Division III

NCAA Division III

ATLANTIC REGION | University of Lynchburg

Head Coach: Dawn Simmons

Assistant Coaches: Mike Jennings, Audra Della Rosa Bianco, Danielle Powell, MacKenzie Mount | Volunteer Assistants: Nicole Dawson, J’nae Critchley


CENTRAL REGION | Trine University

Head Coach: Donnie Danklefsen

Assistant Coaches: Brittany Harvey, Dennis Smith


EAST REGION | The College of New Jersey

Head Coach: Sally Miller

Assistant Coaches: Val Suto, Gina Massaro


GREAT LAKES REGION | Illinois Wesleyan University

Head Coach: Tiffany Prager

Assistant Coaches: Nikki Miller, Kimmy Hassel, Bob Grimes, Lyle Day | Director of Operations: Stephanie Alvarez-Rivera


MIDWEST REGION | University of St. Thomas (Minn.)

Head Coach: John Tschida

Assistant Coaches: Jim Tschida, Brad Horstman, Tim Gormley, Erica Wilson, Megan DuPuis


NEW ENGLAND REGION | Eastern Connecticut State University

Head Coach: Diana Pepin

Assistant Coaches: Mark Correia, Tom Madera, Dawn Brolin


NORTHEAST REGION | Ithaca College

Head Coach: Deb Pallozzi

Assistant Coach: Rinae Olsen, Dan Raymond, Payton Cutting, Stacey DiGiorgio


WEST REGION | Texas Lutheran University

Head Coach: Wade Wilson

Assistant Coaches: Olivia Van Hook, Dennis Moe, Ed Zarzabal

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NAIA

NAIA

REGION I | Georgia Gwinnett College

Head Coach: Kat Ihlenburg

Assistant Coaches: John Ihlenburg, Tony Medders


REGION II | University of Mobile

Head Coach: Alison Sellers-Cook

Assistant Coaches: Steve Alcorn, Kirstyn Joiner


REGION III | Vanguard University

Head Coach: Beth Renkoski

Assistant Coach: Sony Mitchell


REGION IV | University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma

Head Coach: Jadyn Wallis

Assistant Coaches: Kayla Adams, Ken Richardson


REGION V | Indiana University Southeast

Head Coach: Joe Witten

Associate Head Coach: Bill Pierce | Assistant Coaches: Kendra Deark-Witten, Brookelyn Visker


REGION VI | Marian University Indianapolis

Head Coach: Scott Fleming

Assistant Coaches: Hannah Williams, Mike Henderson

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NJCAA Division I

NJCAA Division I

MIDWEST REGION | Tyler Junior College

Head Coach: Maria Winn-Ratliff

Assistant Coach: Eric Henderson


SOUTH REGION | College of Central Florida

Head Coach: Kevin Fagan

Assistant Coach: Mike Lingle


WEST REGION | Howard College

Head Coach: Kelly Raines

Assistant Coach: Shelby Shelton

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NJCAA Division II

NJCAA Division II

EAST REGION | CCBC Catonsville

Head Coach: Chuck Slater

Assistant Coaches: Bob Baxter, Jess Dubbs, Mike Dubbs, Bill Saunders


MIDWEST REGION | Des Moines Area Community College

Head Coach: Bob Ligouri

Assistant Coaches: Thana Heller, Molly Bolibaugh, John Wilkinson


SOUTH REGION | East Central Community College

Head Coach: Eric Neel

Assistant Coach: Emily Church

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Cal JC

Cal JC

NORTH REGION | San Jose City College

Head Coach: Debbie Huntze-Rooney

Assistant Coaches: Terrell Jones, Brittney Guitierrez, Chuck Caldera, Debie Smith


SOUTH REGION | Fullerton College

Co-Head Coaches: Marian “Speedy” Mendoza, Crystal Aguirre

Assistant Coaches: Celina Gonzalez, Brandon Maurer, Angelica “Jelly” De’Angelo, Ru Andrade | Strength Coach: Robert Miranda

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High School

High School

EAST REGION | Donovan Catholic High School (N.J.)

Head Coach: Deborah Schwartz

Assistant Coaches: Dawn Dziedzic, Corey Schwartz, Kathleen Sharp, Jordan Weed


NORTH REGION | New Palestine High School (Ind.)

Head Coach: Ed Marcum

Assistant Coaches: Alyssa Dillard, Michelle Hokl, Audrey East, Matt Hayden


SOUTH REGION | Academy at the Lakes (Fla.)

Head Coach: Diane Stephenson

Assistant Coaches: John Counts, Robbie Blankenship, Jordyn Counts


SOUTH CENTRAL REGION | Louisville Male High School (Ky.)

Head Coach: Josh Bloomer

Assistant Coaches: Annie Gordon, Erika Downey, Ron Pence


WEST REGION | Artesia High School (N.M.)

Head Coach: Sandra Pulido

Assistant Coaches: Casey Crandall, Monica Reyes, Kim Smith, Vanessa Lopez

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Travel Ball

Travel Ball

EAST REGION | Virginia Unity 18U

Co-Head Coaches: Josh Johnson, Jenny Parker


NORTH REGION | Beverly Bandits 16u - Team Conroy (Ill.)

Head Coach: Bill Conroy

Assistant Coaches: Rex Mack, Seth Holloway, Nick Carver, Casey Skeens


SOUTH REGION | Tennessee Mojo 2021

Head Coach: Brooks Cherry

Assistant Coaches: Wayne Key, Mark Sellers


SOUTH CENTRAL REGION | Texas Glory 2024

Head Coach: Lee Velazquez

Assistant Coach: Trae Watkins


WEST REGION | EC Bullets California 2020

Head Coaches: A.J. Robinson, John Kubski

Assistant Coaches: Keith Carden, Erin DaSilva

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