Three softball programs from the SEC were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as Division I Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year.
Florida, Ole Miss and Texas A&M are among the 14 schools honored for their efforts during the 2017 season. All of the Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year are now eligible for the NFCA's National Coaching Staff of the Year award, which will be announced on Wednesday, June 28.
Southeast - Florida
Overall: 58-10 SEC: 20-3
Head Coach: Tim Walton
Assistant Coaches: Jennifer Rocha, Sharonda McDonald
Volunteer Assistant: Cody Dent
National runner-up... Third WCWS champions series appearance in four years... Won first three WCWS games before falling in a pair of hard-fought contest to Oklahoma, including an epic 17-inning game one... SEC regular season champions for third straight season, the first in league history to do so... Ranked second in final USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll... Ranked No. 1 for five weeks and in the top three since the second regular season poll of the season... Set program record with 40 shutouts.
South - Ole Miss
Overall: 43-20 SEC: 10-14
Head Coach: Mike Smith
Assistant Coaches: Taryne Mowatt, Ruben Felix
Volunteer Assistant: Katie Rietkovich
Director of Operations: Jody Davidson
NCAA's No. 12 overall seed... Super Regional participant, dropping two highly contested one-run games at No. 5 seed UCLA...Won first-ever SEC Tournament title, which included wins over Florida, Alabama and LSU... Hosted first NCAA Regional, sweeping Southern Illinois, Arizona State and North Carolina... Ranked 16th in final USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll... School-record 43 wins.
South - Texas A&M
Overall: 47-13 SEC: 17-8
Head Coach: Jo Evans
Associate Head Coaches: Joy Jackson, Gerry Glasco
Volunteer Pitching Coach: Kara Dill
Director of Operations: Cassie Green
WCWS participant... NCAA's No. 9 overall seed... Ranked eighth in final USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll... Swept through College Station Regional... After dropping opening game, the Aggies won final two contests of Super Regional at No. 8 seed Tennessee... Advance to first WCWS since 2008... Reached the 40-win mark for the sixth time in eight seasons... 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament experience.