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.

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Finesse Realizes Organic Growth With Open Training Programs

Finesse Dreher Lesco Allie Wright #4

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

After college, Donny Dreher had traveled around playing modified fastpitch to engage his competitive spirit and stay active. Little did he know that when he retired to save the wear and tear on his body, that years later he would find his way back around to the game of softball and the Finesse Fastpitch organization.

At the request from a friend to come evaluate a player, he visited a local high school to check out the player. This is where he met Tommie Walker and Denny Schlimgen on this day in 1992.

“I got hooked on it,” said Dreher. “I liked what they were doing.”

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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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Tigers For Life! Ohana Tigers Quarles Set Goals Beyond Softball

Ohana Tigers Softball Club

When Shawn Quarles, and his brother Joey, were getting into the travel softball world with their daughters, they learned quickly that it was a lot different from their experience in recreational softball.  

As the needs grew with the players and their development, they moved forward around 2007 to start a small softball organization called the Cerritos Franchise.  

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Alexa Rosales Leads By Example With All-Out Work And All-American Potential

Alexa Rosales Athletics Mercado Greg-Tidd

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

As a top recruit in the class of 2023, Alexa (Lex) Rosales has earned the respect of those in the Athletics Mercado softball organization from her hard work ethic. In the fall, she was moved to the Athletics Mercado – Greg/Tidd team to continue to work on her development.

“I would put Lex’s work ethic up against any player in the nation,” said Brian Tidd, coach for the Athletics Mercado – Greg/Tidd team. “Lex has played at the highest level throughout her career with our Academy and is a true leader that has set the highest standard of how we play this game.”

Alexa Rosales 2023 Utility Athletics Mercado Greg-Tidd
Alexa Rosales 2023 Utility Athletics Mercado Greg-Tidd
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Katie Flannery Draws Two Sport Inspiration from the Best

Katie Flannery 2023 Birmingham T-Bolts Roberson

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

How many high school student-athletes can say they have been fortunate enough to play with a top recruit in multiple sports at the same time?

The answer is likely a small number, but Katie Flannery is one of those players. On the softball field, she has played with Annabelle Widra, a dynamic two-way player who will soon suit up for the University of Michigan. On the hardwood, Flannery played with and looked up to Sarah Ashlee Barker, one of the best basketball players in the Southeast who is now at the University of Georgia.

Birmingham Thunderbolts Katie Flannery 3B
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Tulsa Elite Inspires Trust from Members and Alumni

Tulsa Elite Softball Organization

by Ryan Greenwood

When he started the Tulsa Elite softball organization back in the fall of 2007 with only one 18U team, little did Jeff Filali realize that he would have over 300 college commits and alumni in just 10 years.

“It was just one 18U team the first two seasons,” said Filali.

The organization still calls Tulsa, Oklahoma the home base, but now also has teams in Arkansas and Kansas. 

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Tulsa Elite Softball Organization Started by Jeff Filali in 2007
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Elevate One Blessed to Play

Elevate One Prospects

by Ryan Greenwood – Fastpitch Network

When J.J. Jimenez was watching the PGF Championship on TV with his daughter and the rest of the family, he told her one day you will play in that championship game.  Even though she was still young in her softball career, the idea he wanted to instill was to dream big.

“I was her hitting coach. I was her fielding coach,” said Jimenez. “I would do all her skill videos.”

Even though they were just above the Mexican border, but below the softball hotspot in the Orange County and San Diego area, they were starting to put teams together with those girls from the area that were interested in improving their softball skills.

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Kentucky: An Underdog No More

University of Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach Rachel Lawson

by Kyle Parmley – Fastpitch Network

The University of Kentucky softball program is no longer a plucky underdog, capable of jumping up and surprising its opponents occasionally.

No, the Wildcats have lost that distinction. They advanced to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in 2014, have established themselves as a perennial Super Regional team and have finished second in the ridiculously competitive Southeastern Conference twice in the last four completed seasons.

University of Kentucky Wildcats Pitcher Grace Baalman
Grace Baalman. The University of Kentucky softball team beat South Carolina 7-5 on Friday, May 4, 2018, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics
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