University of Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins, along with assistants Bonnie Tholl, Jennifer Brundage and Jennifer Teague, have been named the 2005 Speedline/NFCA Division I Coaching Staff of the Year, the association announced Wednesday.
Hutchins, who won her 900th career game this season, and her staff guided Michigan to wins over UCLA in the final two games of the Women’s College World Series best-of-three championship series to claim the school’s first softball national title. The Wolverines finished the season with a 65-7 final mark.
The Wolverines ranked No. 1 in the season’s final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll, a spot they held since Mar. 23. Michigan won the Big 10 regular season title for the 10th time, and it also claimed the conference’s tournament title for the seventh season.
The Michigan coaching staff will be honored at the 2005 NFCA National Convention in Orlando, Fla. In addition to the national honor, they were also named Great Lakes Coaching Staff of the Year. Other regional winners were as follows:
Laura Watten - Head Coach
Alissa Smith - Assistant Coach
Mike Pace - Pitching Coach
Watten led Bethune-Cookman to a 49-19 campaign that included a regional victory in Gainesville, Fla., and a loss to Texas in NCAA Super Regional play… The Wildcats became the first MEAC team to receive an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
Ray Vander May - Head Coach
Jay Nelson - Assistant Coach
Robert Guerriero - Assistant Coach
Vander May and his staff guided Seton Hall to a second straight Big East championship and the school’s third NCAA tournament appearance… The Pirates finished the season at 34-15 after regional losses to North Carolina and national champion Michigan…
Bill Edwards - Head Coach
Larissa Anderson - Associate Head Coach
Lisa Ciarvardini - Assistant Coach
Breanne Nasti - Assistant Coach
Hofstra advanced to a second straight NCAA tournament by winning the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament, the eighth straight for the Pride… Edwards led his squad to a 43-16 finish on the campaign, the winningest season in school history, as it fell in the regional final for the second straight season.
Kate Drohan - Head Coach
Caryl Drohan - Associate Head Coach
Tori Nyberg - Assistant Coach
Jaime Clark - Assistant Coach
Drohan led the Wildcats to a 42-18 record, one win shy of the school record, and a second-place finish in the Big 10, the best since 1998…. Northwestern advanced to the NCAA Super Regional after hitting 56 home runs for the year, 23 better than the previous single-season best of 33.
Eugene Lenti - Head Coach
Lindsay Chouinard - Assistant Coach
Liz Bouck - Assistant Coach
Teisha Smith - Assistant Coach
Lenti, who was named Conference USA Coach of the Decade for women’s sports, led his Blue Demons to a 45-21 finish that included a trip to the Women’s College World Series after knocking off Northwestern in NCAA Super Regional action… His DePaul squad captured the Conference USA Tournament title, the fourth straight for the Blue Demons.
Jo Evans - Head Coach
Joy Jackson - Associate Head Coach
Rich Wieligman - Assistant Coach
Evans earned her second straight Big 12 Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Aggies to a 47-10 record and NCAA Super Regional action… She led the Aggies to the Big 12 regular season title and an NCAA regional title before falling to Alabama in super regional play.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Ralph and Karen Weekly - Co-Head Coaches
Marty McDaniel - Assistant Coach
Marc Weekly - Assistant Coach
Ralph and Karen Weekly guided Tennessee to a third-place finish, one win away from the national championship series, in its first Women’s College World Series appearance… The Lady Vols finished the campaign with 67 wins, tying for the most recorded in Division I history.
Lonni Alameda - Head Coach
Sara Pickering - Assistant Coach
Angel Santiago - Assistant Coach
Alameda led UNLV to a 44-19 record, the third most victories in school history… Her Rebels advanced to NCAA Regional play for the first time since 1996, falling to eventual national runner-up UCLA… She claimed MWC Coach of the Year honors as her team compiled a 17-3 mark in the Mountain West Conference, the most conference victories by the school since it began MWC play in 2000.
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Kirk Walker - Head Coach
Crissy Buck - Assistant Coach
Heather Smith - Assistant Coach
Mikiah Smith - Assistant Coach
Walker led his Oregon State club to the NCAA regional final in Madison, Wis., where its season ended at 43-16 with a loss to eventual WCWS participant DePaul… The conference coach of the year guided the Beavers to their first-ever share of the Pac-10 title and the NCAA regional championship game for the third straight season.