nfca dii top 25 preseason coaches poll, 2023 nfca dii top 25 preseason coaches poll, nfca preseason coaches poll, nfca coaches poll, nfca dii top 25Rogers State, the 2022 national champion, is the No. 1 team in the 2023 NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll. The Hillcats were the unanimous choice, receiving all 16 votes and 400 points.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rogers State, the 2022 national champion, is the No. 1 team in the 2023 NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll. The Hillcats were the unanimous choice, receiving all 16 votes and 400 points.

The Hillcats (58-10), under the direction of Andrea Vaughan, posted a perfect 5-0 record at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Denver, culminating with a Championship series sweep of Cal State Dominguez Hills. RSU, which shattered the program’s win record in 2022, is the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) preseason favorite.

National runner-up Cal State Dominguez Hills comes in at No. 2. The Toros (45-24) reached the Championship series as the finals’ No. 8 seed by knocking off No. 1 seed UT Tyler and winning three elimination games after a defeat to the Hillcats. Led by head coach Jim Maier, Dominguez Hills earned its trip to Denver by winning their Regional against the West’s  No. 2 seed Concordia Irvine and the Super Regional at the No. 1 seed Cal State San Marcos.

National semifinalist UT Tyler comes in at No. 3. The Patriots (49-9) reached the semifinals of the National Championships in their first appearance as a Division II program and finished with a 2-2 mark in Denver, Auburn University at Montgomery (49-13), also making its first appearance in the National Championships, posted an opening win at the finals and went 1-2 in Denver. Both programs won winner-take-all games in regionals and needed all three games to advance to finals.

The other national semifinalist North Georgia, opens the season at No. 5. The NightHawks (49-18) cruised through regionals and won a three-game Super Regional against preseason No. 20 Lincoln Memorial. In Denver, UNG went 2-2, falling twice to Dominguez Hills.

Seton Hill and Adelphi, who reached the National Championships, start 2023 at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively. Three Super Regional participants – No. 6 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 8 Central Oklahoma and No. 10 Grand Valley State – make up the rest of the Top 10.

The Lone Star Conference (LSC) and MIAA each landed two teams in the top 10 with the LSC topping all conferences with four nationally-ranked programs (No. 3 UT Tyler, No. 6 A&M-Kingsville, No. 18 Angelo State & No. 21 Lubbock Christian). 

Three teams from the MIAA (No. 1 Rogers State, UCO, No. 22 Washburn) and California Collegiate Athletic Association (No. 2 Dominguez Hills, No. 11 Cal State San Marcos, No. 25 Sonoma State) and Gulf South Conference (No. 4 AUM, No. 12 Valdosta State, No. 23 UAH) earned Top-25 rankings. 

The South Atlantic Conference (No. 14 Anderson, No. 20 Lincoln Memorial) and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (No. 7 Seton Hill, No. 15 Kutztown) each had two.

The 2023 NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. The poll will be released each Tuesday at noon ET with the first regular-season poll announced on Feb. 14.

2023 NFCA Division II Top 25 Softball Coaches Poll

January 24 (Preseason)

Rank

School

Points

2022 Final Record

2022 Final Ranking

1

Rogers State (16)

400

58-10

1

2

Cal State Dominguez Hills

379

45-24

2

3

UT Tyler

370

49-9

3

4

Auburn Montgomery

349

49-13

4

5

North Georgia

342

49-18

5

6

Texas A&M-Kingsville

298

50-12

8

7

Seton Hill

282

42-12

7

8

Central Oklahoma

278

48-13

9

9

Adelphi

262

47-15

10

10

Grand Valley State

252

43-8

14

11

Cal State San Marcos

245

45-14

11

12

Valdosta State

243

38-14

12

13

Augustana

212

50-10

13

14

Anderson

165

40-10

17

15

Kutztown

153

40-15

15

16

Indianapolis

150

48-10

19

17

Tampa

145

38-13

16

18

Angelo State

129

39-12

21

19

Concordia Irvine

118

46-10

20

20

Lincoln Memorial

105

39-20

23

21

Lubbock Christian

89

39-12

18

22

Washburn

54

45-15

RV

23

UAH

48

41-17

25

24

Wilmington

27

38-20

24

25

Sonoma State

26

42-18

RV

Receiving Votes: Southern Arkansas (22), Oklahoma Christian (17), West Virginia Wesleyan (10), Minnesota State (8), Wingate (7), Nova Southeastern (5), Rollins (4), Lenoir-Rhyne (3), Chico State (2), Drury (1).

The 2023 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll Committee. The committee consists of 16 NCAA Division II head coaches with two representing each of the NCAA’s eight regions.

 

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