Natalie Poole, nfca board of directors, University of Memphis, Memphis softball coach

Natalie Poole

Head Coach - Southern Miss
NCAA Division I Representative (2021-23)

Natalie Poole was hired as Southern Miss' head coach on Aug. 9, 2022, following 11 seasons at the helm of the Memphis softball program. Entering 2023, it will mark her 22nd year as a head coach. In her head coaching tenure, she has compiled a 512 victories and has guided two teams to the NCAA Regionals. In tenure at Memphis, Poole has led 18 all-conference athletes, 67 NFCA Scholar Athletes and 92 all-academic team members.

Prior to Memphis, she spent three seasons leading the way at McNeese State. She guided the Cowgirls to three-straight 30-win seasons, including a school-record 38 wins in 2010. Poole guided McNeese State to two Southland Conference (SLC) tournament championship games, winning the title in 2010 and advancing to NCAA Regionals. 

Poole's first head coaching job was at Georgia Southern, where she compiled a 212-215 career record over seven seasons. The 2002 Southern Conference Coaching of the Year compiled 71-53 in the SoCon and earned a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2006. During her time at Georgia Southern, the Eagles had just one losing conference season and finished outside the top-four only once.

Along with her duties as the Division Board representative, Poole currently serves on the NCAA Division I Softball Selection Committee.

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