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Sharon Drysdale

Class of 1994 

Kansas: 1973 - 1975
Northwestern: 1979 - 2001



Sharon Drysdale has made numerous contributions to the game, not only on the field but also behind the scenes as writer and teacher. A former staff member of the NFCA, Drysdale researched and developed the course content for the NFCA's National Fastptich Coaches College when she served as the NFCC director from 2001 to 2010.

Before joining the NFCA, Drysdale served as head coach at Northwestern, where she won 590 games on the field that would eventually bear her name. In her 23 years in Evanston, Drysdale guided the Wildcats to five Big 10 titles and three consecutive Women’s College World Series berths while being named the Big Ten Coach of the Year three times. 

Prior to her stint at Northwestern, Drysdale served as both the head softball coach and women's athletics director at Kansas, where she won 64 games and led the Jayhawks to four consecutive top 10 finishes in the AIAW softball championship.

Drysdale also served as the head coach of the New England Riptide of the National Pro Fastpitch League, guiding the Riptide to the 2006 NPF championship.

In addition, Drysdale is credited with writing the NFCA's current set of bylaws, in addition to her serving as the first chair of the NCAA Softball Rules Committee when the NCAA rules were developed in 1996.