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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The eight programs that reached the Division II National Championships were selected by their peers as the 2016 NFCA Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year, announced the Association on Friday morning.

Representing each of the NFCA’s eight Division II regions, these respective coaching staffs – University of Charleston (Atlantic), Southern Arkansas (Central), Adelphi University (East), Grand Valley State (Midwest), North Alabama (South), West Texas A&M (South Central), Armstrong State (Southeast) and Humboldt State (West)- are now eligible for the NFCA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year award.

The list includes national champions, North Alabama, runner-up Humboldt State and the only repeat regional winner, Adelphi.

 

Regional Winners

Atlantic – University of Charleston

Head Coach: Raymond Loeser

Assistant Coach: Justine Kodesh

Record: 50-12 | 29-3 Mountain East

Advanced to the 2016 National Championships for the first time in program history... 5-3 postseason record... Won the Mountain East regular season and was the tournament runner-up... Earned two seed in region... Swept through regionals and took two-out-of-three on the road from top-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan to win Super Regional... Recorded a program-best 50 wins.

Central – Southern Arkansas University

Head Coach: Jason Anderson

Assistant Coach: Sage Woodham

Graduate Assistant: Christen Kirchner

Record: 50-12 | 29-3 Great American Conference

National semifinalist in first trip to Championships... Claimed the GAC tournament championship and second seed in the Central Region... One of three teams to sweep through regional and super regional play… Ended their postseason with a 7-2 record... After sweeping UCO and Missouri Western twice, the Muleriders went on the road and defeated No. 1 seed Arkansas Tech, 2-1 (8) and 4-1 in the Super Regionals... At the Championships, SAU defeated Charleston and then-No. 1 West Texas A&M, but suffered two losses to eventual national champion North Alabama... Program-record 53 wins... First national championship appearance for any SAU sport in its 20-year DII tenure.

East – Adelphi University

Head Coach: Bree Nasti

Associate Head Coach: Ophir Sadeh

Assistant Coaches: Monique Roberge & Victoria Wink

Record: 35-22 | 17-7 Northeast-10

Reached the National Championships for the second straight season and was the only back-to-back program to reach the final eight... Posted a 6-2 postseason record... Swept through regional and super regional play as the No. 3 seed… Recorded three shutouts and allowed just two runs over first five games of NCAA tournament ... Won opener at championships with a 10-4 triumph over Charleston... Dropped final two contests to eventual national champion North Alabama and semifinalist Armstrong State.

Midwest – Grand Valley State University

Head Coach: Dana Callahan

Assistant Coaches: Jen Rivera & Briauna Taylor

Record: 43-13 | 21-5 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

National Championships participant as the No. 4 seed out of the Midwest Region... Made third appearance at National Championships… Finished with a 6-3 postseason record, which included three true road wins over No. 1 seed Indianapolis and No. 3 seed Wayne State (twice)... Also defeated Trevecca Nazarene twice on final day of regionals to advance to supers where it swept then-No. 10 Wayne State in Detroit… Reached the NCAA tournament for six straight seasons.

South – University of North Alabama 

Head Coach: Ashley Cozart

Assistant Coach: Whitney Hawkins

Record: 60-7 | 30-3 Gulf South Conference

Won the program's first National Championship defeating Humboldt State two-out-of-three in the championship series... Posted a 11-2 postseason record... Battled out of losers bracket in regional play after a day two loss to UAH... Following loss, UNA defeated Saint Leo (1-0) and UAH twice (7-0, 7-0) to win regional, swept Rollins in Super Regional and then won first three games at National Championships... After dropping the opening game of the Championship Series, the Lions swept Humboldt State on final day to claim title... Gulf South regular season and tournament champions... Program-record 60 wins... Ranked first, second or third in several offensive categories.

South Central – West Texas A&M University

Head Coach: Kevin Blaskowski

Associate Head Coach: Candace Abrams

Graduate Assistants:  Rebekah Ragsdale & Jaime Edwards

Student Assistants: Tyler Wilkinson & Kaisha Dacosin

Record: 59-5 | 30-2 Lone Star Conference

Made second National Championships appearance in three years... Posted a 1-2 record at tournament and an overall 7-3 record in postseason play... Lone Star regular season and tournament champions... Set league record with 30-0 conference start... Won championships opener before dropping games to eventual runner-up Humboldt State and semifinalist Southern Arkansas... Used two walk-off 4-3 wins over Colorado Mesa on final day to win regional as No. 1 seed... Swept No. 2 seed St. Mary's to reach national championships... National leader or in top three in several offensive categories nationally.

Southeast – Armstrong State University

Head Coach: Ted Evans

Assistant Coach: Megen Conner

Record: 43-15 | 19-5 Peach Belt Conference

National semifinalists and third National Championships appearance overall... Posted an 8-3 postseason record... Swept through regional play as No. 2 seed... In Super Regionals, lost opener at No. 1 North Georgia (defending national champions) before winning the final two games (4-2, 5-3 in 8 inn.) to reach championships... After dropping opener to eventual runners-up Humboldt State, the Pirates reeled off three straight wins, including one against HSU forcing and "if necessary" game.

West – Humboldt State University

Head Coach: Shelli Sarchett

Assistant Coach: Alicia Reid

Record: 54-8-1 | 32-2 California Collegiate Athletic Association

DII National runner-up... CCAA regular season champions and West No. 1 overall seed... Swept through regional and Super Regional play... Only one of three teams to do so... Won first two games against, Armstrong State and then-No. 1 West Texas A&M, of the National Championships... Rebounded from its first postseason loss to Armstrong State by defeating the Pirates in the “if necessary” game to advance to the Championship Series... Won first game, 5-0 over North Alabama, but fell twice on the final day... Pitching staff posted the NCAA's seventh best ERA at 1.51.

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