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Yavapai College Named NJCAA Division I Coaching Staff of the Year

The Yavapai College staff of head coach Stacy Iveson and assistant coaches Lisa Parks, J.R. Barringer and Miriam Romero has been named as the NJCAA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Thursday. 

Iveson just completed her second season at Yavapai and eighth season overall. The Roughriders captured the school's first-ever national championship in softball, by defeating Wallace State 2-1 in the national finals. For Iveson, it was her third national title, including two championships won at Pima JC. The Roughriders have accomplished much in only two seasons of competition, advancing to the national championship tournament in 2008 as well. This season, Yavapai had five players named to the all-West region team and had four players selected NFCA First Team All-American. 

Yavapai was also selected as the West Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Other regional CSOY honorees are as follows: 

Midwest Region -- Blinn College (56-11)

Head Coach: Rick Church
Assistant Coach: Jami Ingram 

The all-time winningest coach at Blinn, Church just completed his eighth season with the Lady Bucs. This season, Blinn made its third appearance in the national tournamnet under Chuch. In 2009, the Lady Bucs won their fourth straight South Zone Conference championship and also secured a seventh straight appearance in the Region XIV championships. For the year, Blinn had five players named to the all-Midwest region team and had two players selected NFCA First Team All-American. 

South Region --

Wallace State Community College - Hanceville (63-10)

Head Coach: Jayne Clem
Assistant Coach: Tracy Grindrod


Clem completed her ninth season this year at Wallace. In 2008, the Lady Lions won the NJCAA Division I national championship. Despite losing 11 sophomores off that team, the 2009 Lady Lions returned to the national championship tournament, losing 2-1 to Yavapai College in the finals. This season, Wallace won division, state and regional championships en route to the national finals. The state championship is her fifth at the school. This season, Wallace had three players named to the all-South region team and had two players selected NFCA First Team All-American.