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Natalie Poole

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With 379 career victories stretching over 13 years as a head coach, Poole prepares to enter her fourth campaign in charge of the Memphis program.

Poole became the U of M's softball program's second head coach in 2012 after spending three seasons leading the way at McNeese State. She guided the Cowgirls to three-straight 30-win seasons, including a school-record 38 wins in 2010. Poole guided McNeese State to two Southland Conference (SLC) tournament championship games, winning the title in 2010 and advancing to NCAA Regionals. A former standout catcher for McNeese State as a player, Poole compiled a 100-84 overall coaching record during the three years and went 55-35 in conference play.

Prior to returning to her alma mater, Poole served as the head coach for seven seasons at Georgia Southern, where she compiled a 212-215 career record. The Eagles went 71-53 in the Southern Conference under her tutelage and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2006. She was named the SoCon Coach of the Year in 2002, her first year as a head coach.

During her time at Georgia Southern, the Eagles had just one losing conference season and finished outside the top-four only once. The program set more than 15 single-season records with four of the top six all-time home run seasons occuring under her tenure.

As a college athlete, Poole was a standout catcher for McNeese State from 1994-97. She was a three-time All-Southland Conference pick (1995-97) and a two-time All-South Region selection (1996-97). Poole also earned All-Louisiana honors in 1996. As a freshman, she helped the Cowgirls to a Southland Conference title and the school's first NCAA tournament appearance. Poole was named McNeese State's Most Valuable Player her senior year and concluded her playing career with a .296 batting average.

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