LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the 373 student-athletes from 174 schools who comprise the 2023 NFCA Division III All-Region teams.
Top-ranked Salisbury in Region V was one of three schools to place seven players on their region’s list, including five on the first team. No. 6 East Texas Baptist in Region X (four first-teamers) and seventh-ranked Tufts in Region I (five first-teamers) are the others.
No. 5 Trine (VII) and No. 13 Virginia Wesleyan (Region VI) paced their regions with six selections apiece, while No. 4 Linfield also had six players chosen to rank second in Region X.
Eight schools — No. 16 MIT (Region II), Alfred (Region III), Ramapo, No. 20 Rowan and No. 18 The College of New Jersey (Region IV), second-ranked Berry (Region VI), third-ranked Case Western Reserve (Region VII) and No. 8 Texas Lutheran — had five recipients.
A dozen teams — Manhattanville, receiving votes Rensselaer and No. 15 Rochester (Region III), Stevenson (Region V), receiving votes Belhaven (Region VI), receiving votes Mount Union (Region VII), Concordia Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Region VIII), No. 22 Central and No. 25 Luther (Region IX), and Pacific Lutheran and receiving votes St. Thomas Houston (Region X) — each had four of their players represented.
Twenty-three teams had three players chosen, 52 had two selected, and 73 had one representative.
The awards honor student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with selection to one of three teams. NFCA member head coaches nominate and then vote for the winners in their respective region.
If they were not already voted to an All-Region squad, conference Players and Pitchers of the Year from member institutions are added to the third team in their region, so long as they are nominated by their member head coach and receive votes.
All honorees move forward to be considered for selection for the three NFCA Division III All-America squads, which will be announced May 31 online and on-site at the NCAA Division III Finals banquet in Marshall, Texas.
Celebrating 40 years in 2023, the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its vast library of digital education, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to an extensive Awards & Scholarships platform, to NFCA Webinars and a National Convention.