Glasco keeps up winning ways at Louisiana

Gerry Glasco

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

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.

Ragin Cajuns
Ragin Cajuns
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Coaching Hot List (November 2020)

Coaches Hot List 2020 Fall

by Fastpitch Network Staff

Fastpitch Network Polled 20+ Power 5 Head Coaches and asked them the question, “If you were an Athletic Director needing to hire a Softball Coach to lead your Program, who would you hire?”

We awarded points each time a name was mentioned and below are the results.  This is a very strong list of experienced coaches and young coaches (over 30 of them) that are on the rise.

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Arizona State Looking to Recapture Consistent Greatness

AZ State Sun Devils Taylor Becerra, Morgan Howe, Skylar McCarty

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Like everyone else, the Arizona State University softball program is easing back into organized team activities.

After COVID-19 brought sports and everyday life to a grinding halt, teams had to find new methods of staying together despite being physically apart.

While those were effective for some time, Arizona State head coach Trisha Ford is glad to see those familiar faces in person once again.

AZ State Sun Devils Nicole Chilson, Breanna Macha, Dale Ryndak, Brynley Steele
AZ State Sun Devils Nicole Chilson, Breanna Macha, Dale Ryndak, Brynley Steele
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Karen Weekly Holds Volunteers Accountable to Excellent Performance

University of Tennessee Softball Program

By Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

The state of Tennessee was a bit of a culture shock for Karen Weekly. Having grown up in the state of Washington and playing and coaching at Pacific Lutheran University, the move east was a bit of an adjustment.

Weekly and husband Ralph were hired as co-head softball coaches at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1997. After back-to-back NCAA regional appearances, they were hired in the same capacity at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2001.

After living in Chattanooga and then Knoxville for the last 23 years, Weekly has grown quite fond of her new home.

University of Tennessee Softball Program
University of Tennessee Softball Program
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Arizona Remains Grounded in the Fundamentals

University of Arizona Wildcats

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

Five consecutive NCAA Super Regional berths left the University of Arizona softball program wanting more.

That’s as great a testament as any as to what head coach Mike Candrea has created in Tucson over the last 35 years. The bar has been set so high that seasons ending in the Super Regionals from 2014-18 had the program still yearning to take the next step and return to the Women’s College World Series despite seasons that would seem like a mere pipe dream for the majority of programs across the nation.

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University of Arizona Wildcats led by Coach Mike Candrea
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Florida Gators: Built to Last

Tim Walton University of Florida Gators

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

When Tim Walton arrived at the University of Florida in 2006, he felt confident he would be able to build a softball team capable of competing at a championship level.

He was proven correct relatively quickly. In his third season as the head coach at Florida, the Gators put together an incredible season. They posted an NCAA-record 70 wins and advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s College World Series.

Tim Walton Head Coach Florida Gators
Tim Walton Head Coach Florida Gators
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MAC Reaction with Joe Abraham

Joe Abraham University of Toledo

by Maren Angus – Fastpitch Network

Saturday, Aug. 8, was a difficult one for Joe Abraham. Toledo’s head softball coach was scrolling Twitter when he saw breaking news that made him freeze.

The words from Brett McMurphy’s tweet just sat on a screen for a few minutes.

Joe Abraham University of Toledo
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Editor’s Note: The University of Toledo Athletic Website: https://utrockets.com/ appeared to be down at the time this article was published. The link is provided for reference.