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Heartland Community College Named NJCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year

The Heartland Community College staff of head coach Shae Wesley and assistant coach Daryn Miller has been selected as the NJCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Wednesday. 

Heartland (50-8) captured the NJCAA Division II national championship in only its second season of competition. Prior to this year’s title, Heartland also made the national championship tournament in 2008 In both seasons, the Hawks also won the Region 24 championship. Heartland won all five games it played in this year's national tournament. The Hawks entered the postseason rated fourth nationally. This season, the Hawks had three players earn all-Midwest region honors and one player was chosen NFCA First Team All-American. 

Hearland was also selected the Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Two additional regional Coaching Staffs of the Year were selected. They are as follows: 

South Region --
Cowley County Community College (52-7)

Head Coach: Ed Hargrove
Assistant Coach: Suzanne Kerr-Unruh


Hargrove just completed his 26th season as head coach of the Lady Tigers. Cowley finished fifth in the national championship tournament. The 2009 campaign now gives the school 12 straight seasons of 40 or more victories, as well as 12 straight seasons of being ranked in the national rankings. Cowley won its sixth straight Jayhawk East title with a perfect 30-0 mark in league play. During 2009, Hargrove topped the 900-career win mark, while picking up KJCCC Jayhawk Coach of the Year honors. This season, Cowley had four players earn all-South Region honors and two players were chosen NFCA First Team All-American. 

East Region
Lansing Community College (54-5) â€¨ 

Head Coach: Bob Every 
Assistant Coaches: Jerry Murphy, Rob Dunham, Jeff Kegler, Pat Malloy 

Every just completed his 10th season at Lansing. The Stars set a new school record this year with 54 victories. Starting no fewer then seven freshmen, the Stars turned in a third-place finish at the national championship tournament. Lansing has now reached the national tournament in eight of the past 10 seasons. During that time, the Stars have collected 447 victories. This season, Lansing had five players earn all-East Region honors, while four players were chosen NFCA First Team All-American.