The Lock Haven University staff of head coach Kelley Green and assistant coach Kelly Shannon has been selected as the NCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Lock Haven (51-6) captured its second NCAA Championship in a four-year span last month, defeating Alabama-Huntsville 8-0 in six innings in the title game. It was the school’s third title game appearance in a four-year span, winning in 2006 and finishing second in 2007 with a semifinal appearance last season. Lock Haven won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Central Division with a 15-1 record and captured fourth-straight PSAC Tournament and NCAA Regional titles.
Green and Shannon were also selected as the Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Other regional Coaching Staff of the Year winners were also announced. Honorees are as follows:
Central Region: Winona State (50-13)
Head Coach Greg Jones, Assistant Coach Chad Tuescher, Graduate Assistant Samantha Sheeley
The Winona State Warriors finished tied for fifth at the 2009 NCAA Championship in Salem, Va. Winona State was the top seed in the Central Region after winning a second-straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Tournament championship. The Warriors were the third seed in the tournament, having finished with a 20-6 NSIC record during the conference season. The team’s 50 wins in 2009 is a new program record and marked WSU’s first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championship’s final weekend of play.
East Region: Georgian Court (40-17)
Head Coach Jeff Franquet, Graduate Assistant Heather Walker, Part-time Assistant Carl Taylor
Georgian Court forced a third and deciding game against Le Moyne at the East Region Super Regional. The third-seeded Lions advanced out of the Brookville, N.Y., regional site and traveled to Le Moyne’s Syracuse, N.Y., campus for Super Regional play. Georgian Court was named the third seed in the East region after winning its second Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament championship in a three-year span. During the regular season, the Lions turned in a 17-7 conference record, tying for third place and holding the #4 seed in the conference tournament.
Midwest Region: Indianapolis (37-21)
Head Coach Melissa Frost-Fisher, Assistant Coach Jennifer Mullikin
The Greyhounds advanced to the first NCAA Division II Championship weekend in school history, taking the Midwest Region super regional title in a best-of-three series against Saginaw Valley State. UIndy earned the #5 seed in the Midwest Region after the Greyhounds were eliminated from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament in the semifinal round. Indianapolis was the No. 3 seed in the GLVC Tournament, finishing 17-7 in conference play.
South Region: Alabama-Huntsville (54-6)
Head Coach Les Stuedeman, Assistant Coach Karl Tunon
UAH advanced to the NCAA Championship Game this season, falling to Lock Haven on Memorial Day. The Chargers swept Valdosta State in Super Regional play to advance to the Championship. The top seed in the South Region, UAH swept through regional play after going 1-1 at a rain-shortened Gulf South Conference (GSC) tournament. The Chargers finished second in the east division of the GSC, a half-game behind Valdosta State.
South Central Region: Angelo State (50-10)
Head Coach Travis Scott, Assistant Coach Claudia Lopez, Graduate Assistant Katie Naumoff
The Rambelles spent several weeks atop the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll during the 2009 season and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championship to finish the year tied for third. The top seed in the highly competitive South Central region, Angelo State swept through both regional and super regional play at home in San Angelo to advance to Salem, Va. The Rambelles finished second in the Lone Star Conference (LSC) South Division during the regular season with a 14-4 conference record. ASU went on to win a second consecutive LSC Tournament Championship to solidify its position in the NCAA Tournament seedings.
Southeast Region: North Georgia College & State University (50-5)
Head Coach Mike Davenport, Assistant Coaches Andrea Moss and Keri McKee
The Saints swept through their Southeast Regional and Super Regional competition, playing both weekends at home as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Southeast Region. In Salem, Va., at the NCAA Championship, North Georgia advanced to the Semifinals before dropping a pair of games to eventual champion Lock Haven. North Georgia won the Peach Belt Conference regular season and Tournament Championships in 2009, finishing with a 17-1 conference record.
West Region: Dixie State (41-13)
Head Coach Beth Collett, Assistant Head Coach Justin Buchanan, Assistant Coaches Dee Schumers and Doug Rogers
In its first year of eligibility for the NCAA Division II Tournament, Dixie State advanced to the NCAA Championship in Salem, Va., finishing tied for seventh in the nation. The Red Storm was seeded third in the West Region for its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance and swept through the regional site they hosted before hosting and defeating Cal State Stanislaus in a best-of-three series at Super Regionals. Dixie State finished second in the Pacific West Conference standings behind Hawaii Pacific, the opponent Dixie defeated twice en route to its NCAA Regional title.