Oklahoma State continues to load up its roster for next season with SEC transfer Gabby Sprang. Sprang comes to State after playing one season at Tennessee where she had a 3.40 ERA in her 35 innings pitched. Sydney Springfield also transferred to the Cowgirls from LSU. Springfield played the last two seasons at LSU.
Texas head coach Mike White announced that former Oregon player and staff member Kailee Cuico will be joining the Longhorns program as a volunteer assistant coach. “I’m excited to announce that Kailee will join our Texas staff as a volunteer coach,” White said. “She’s very familiar with our system, having both played for and coached with me over several years. She is one of several outstanding young coaching prospects in the game today.”
Mizzou Softball recruit Jazmyn Rollin (Salt Lake City, Utah) was named a Premier Girls Fastpitch All-American and was selected to the 2018 West Team. The East and West squads, made up of some of the best recruits in the country. Rollin was named the MVP of the Premier Girls Fastpitch High School All-American game played in Irvine, California, after guiding the West squad to a 4-2 victory over the East squad. Rollin put on an offensive display while starting at second for coach and two-time Olympian Jennie Finch. “It was a really fun and enjoyable experience,” Rollin said. “It was awesome to come out here and compete against the best of the best.”
South Carolina head coach Beverly Smith has hired Kaela Jackson as an assistant coach. Jackson, a South Carolina alumna, joins the Carolina staff after three successful years at Michigan State and will primarily work with the Gamecock hitters. “I’m excited to announce that Gamecock alumna Kaela Jackson will be returning to her alma mater,” head coach Beverly Smith said. “I believe she is a rising star in the profession and has a love for the Gamecocks that is unmatched” “She is a coach’s daughter. She grew up on the field with her late father, Roger Jackson. Coaching is in her blood. Kaela’s passion for the game is infectious.”
Florida softball head coach Tim Walton announced Mike Bosch as the program’s newest assistant coach. Bosch joins the Gators after he compiled a record of 88-65 (.575) over the last three seasons as the head coach at Syracuse University. Walton began the national search for Florida’s next pitching coach with several specific traits and abilities in mind. The search for the person who embodied those specifics led Walton to Syracuse and the subsequent hiring of Bosch. “The person I was looking for needed to have the ability to create a working relationship with our pitchers and be able to collaborate on a plan to develop them better mentally and mechanically.” Walton said. “It needed to be someone who understands the work ethic expected at Florida, who understands the importance of garnering details in film study and who has the ability to not only recognize the strengths of our pitching staff, but also knows the opponent’s tendencies and therefore is able to put together a quality game plan for pitch calling. With all of that said, Mike Bosch checked off every single one of those boxes. “When it comes to the recruiting process, I have always paid attention to who can identify talent, build quality relationships with high school and travel coaches and who understands the grind of recruiting. I have witnessed Mike be the first person to the field and one of the last to leave for many years. Mike and I share the same passion for not only player development but also the personal development of our student-athletes. I am very excited and proud to announce Coach Bosch as the new pitching coach for Florida softball, and I am happy to introduce him and his wife Ellen to everyone in Gator Nation.”
After revamping Mississippi State softball into one of the top slugging programs in the Southeastern Conference, Samantha Ricketts has been elevated to associate head coach as announced by head coach Vann Stuedeman on Monday. “I am very thankful for this opportunity and to John Cohen for his continued support of Mississippi State softball,” Ricketts said. “I believe in this program and in what Vann Stuedeman is doing to create amazing opportunities for our student athletes to be successful both on and off the field. I cannot wait to get back on the field and to be a part of the continued growth of our softball program.”
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball head coach Gerry Glasco announced the addition of Bailey Curry. Curry a transfer from Toledo who was the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Freshman of the Year and one of the nation’s top freshman sluggers in 2018. “Bailey will bring a strong powerful bat for the middle of our lineup,” Glasco remarked. “She is also a great clutch hitter who hits for a high average. “She was among the top run-producing freshmen in the Division I ranks last spring,” Glasco added. “We believe she will have a dramatic impact on our team scoring next spring.”