LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced the 2021 NFCA Division II All-Region teams. This year’s squads are comprised of 209 student-athletes from 114 programs.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s eight regions with first and second-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2021 NFCA Division II All-America squads.
Northwest Nazarene University out of the West Region and Valdosta State University from the South Region led the way with six representatives apiece. The Nighthawks, Great Northwest regular-season champions, garnered three first-team honors, while the ninth-ranked Blazers captured four first-team selections. Along with Valdosta State, Augustana University (Central) and Concordia University (West) earned four first-team plaudits.
Augustana and University of North Georgia (Southeast), ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the NFCA DII Top 25 Coaches Poll, each had five All-Region nods. East Region programs – No. 22 Georgian Court University, Franklin Pierce University and No. 18 Saint Anselm College, along with No. 7 University of Indianapolis (Midwest), No. 6 University of Texas at Tyler (South Central), University of West Florida (South), No. 15 Colorado Mesa University (South Central), No. 8 Young Harris College (Southeast) and No. 11 Concordia Irvine were honored four times apiece. Amongst the previously-mentioned programs, North Georgia, Saint Anselm and UT Tyler had a trio of first-team recipients.
Twelve more programs captured three All-Region selections. Seton Hill University, Shepherd University and West Liberty University led the way in the Atlantic Region, with all three Griffins on the first team. Also on the list is No. 20 Angelo State University (South Central), Azusa Pacific University (West), Hillsdale College (Midwest), No. 5 Lincoln Memorial (Southeast), Lubbock Christian (South Central), Malone University (Midwest), Rogers State University (Central), No. 3 Auburn University at Montgomery (South), and Western Washington (West).
New in 2021, conference players and pitchers of the year from member institutions (must be nominated by member head coach) are added to the second team if they were not already voted to an All-Region squad. Additionally, in some instances, limited regional nominations prevented a position from being filled.
The 2021 NFCA Division II All-American teams will be announced on Tuesday, May 25.