1. University of South Alabama softball head coach Becky Clark announced the addition of players to the roster. Junior college pitchers Allie Hughen (Vista, Calif.) and Kelsie Rivers (Tallahassee, Fla.), along with freshman outfielder Mackenzie Brasher (Orange Beach, Ala.) have joined the program and will be eligible for play this fall.
2. Michigan State head coach Jacquie Joseph has announced the addition of Erin Pond as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. “I am excited to welcome Erin to our Spartan softball family,” said Joseph, who will enter her 26th season as the MSU mentor. “I am always encouraged to see former players get into coaching and even more so when it’s a Big Ten student-athlete. Erin’s experience will be very relatable to our student-athletes, and give them a strong resource for issues not only related to the game, but also all things related to being a Big Ten athlete. Initially Erin will manage the outfielders and base running, as well as assist with all areas of our office operation.” Pond spent the last two seasons at Ashland University, where she served as an assistant coach. She helped guide the Eagles to a 56-48 record over two seasons, and was involved in all the day-to-day aspects of coaching and program operations. Among her charges was a second team All-American and seven All-GLIAC athletes.
3. Texas softball’s Shealyn O’Leary was named, Softball America’s Freshman Pitcher of the Year for the 2019. A top 10 finalist for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA National Freshman of the Year award as well as a Softball America Honorable Mention All-American and an All-Big 12 Conference Second Team choice, O’Leary made quite an impression from the circle during her initial campaign on the Forty Acres. The Castaic, Calif., native led all of NCAA Division I in ERA (0.65) to go along with a 14-3 overall record, nine complete games, four solo shutouts and 65 strikeouts over 97.2 innings of work with a perfect game and a no-hitter. She also became the first Texas freshman to toss a perfect game since the legendary Cat Osterman back in 2002, needing just 63 pitches to retire all 21 batters she faced in a 2-0 win at Baylor (March 27).
4. Ole Miss head softball coach Mike Smith announced the addition of Brian Thomas to his staff as the Rebels’ coordinator of operations. Thomas comes to Oxford from Conference USA member Florida Atlantic, where he served as the director of operations for the Owl baseball team for two years while earning his master’s degree in higher education leadership. In his role, Thomas will be responsible for the day-to-day office operations of the softball program. His duties include assisting with the Rebels’ camps throughout the year, team travel and equipment operations.
5. Georgia Southern Head Softball Coach Kim Dean has announced the hiring of Brock Van Faussien as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
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