BYU softball is the epitome of the word consistency.
The Cougars have done nothing but win over the last decade and a half. BYU has won a conference championship each of the last 11 years, continuing to grab conference titles despite playing in four different conferences (Mountain West, Western Athletic, Pacific Coast and currently the West Coast).
Head coach Gordon Eakin has been there 18 years now, with his team posting a winning record in each of them. The Cougars are currently on a run of 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, and they broke through to the Super Regionals in 2010.
There was no NCAA Tournament in the COVID-19-shortened 2020, but the Cougars were 14-9 and playing well when the season was shuttered.
The train has just kept on roaring down the tracks in Lafayette, Louisiana.
The University of Louisiana softball program has been one of the top programs in all of college softball for the last three decades.
Not just one of the top mid-major programs. One of the top programs, period.
Gerry Glasco is just the fourth head coach in the program’s history, taking over in late 2017. His first three seasons in Lafayette have done nothing to change the perception of the program. In 2018, the Ragin’ Cajuns won 41 games. In 2019, they won 52 contests and won the Sun Belt championship. Both seasons, they qualified for the NCAA Regionals.
Lisa Fernandez never envisioned being as much of a homeschool teacher as she is a softball coach this spring. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, the 2020 college softball season came to a grinding halt in mid-March, along with seemingly everything else. The days looked much different for the UCLA pitching coach this spring as a result.
When Texas Head Coach Mike White sees one of his pitchers struggling with her command, he can relate.
He’s been there.
When Florida State assistant coach Travis Wilson sees one of his hitters swing at a riseball coming in at eye level, he knows the feeling.
That’s because he has done the exact same thing.
White and Wilson are two of several men across the country who played the game of fastpitch softball and are now coaching the women’s college game. Both men are similar in the fact they are New Zealand natives who began playing the game in their home country.