BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Two programs from the Southeastern Conference were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as 2018 Division I Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year.
Arkansas and South Carolina are among the 11 programs, along with national champion Florida State, that are eligible for the NFCA's Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year award, which will be announced on June 27.
South - Arkansas
Overall: 42-17 SEC: 12-12
Head Coach: Courtney Deifel
Assistant Coaches: Yolanda McRae, Matt Meuchel
Volunteer Assistant: Jordan Clark
Hosted and swept first-ever NCAA Regional as the 13th overall seed... Participated in program's first NCAA Super Regional... Reached the SEC tournament semifinal, the Razorbacks best showing since 2001, by knocking off Kentucky and the tournament's No. 2 seed Georgia... Mary Haff was a finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I Freshman of the Year... Ranked 16th in final 2018 USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll ... Head coach Courtney Deifel earned her 100th career victory on March 25... Program-high four players named NFCA All-Region.
Southeast - South Carolina
Overall: 49-17 SEC: 15-9
Head Coach: Beverly Smith
Associate Head Coach: Lisa Navas
Assistant Coach: Matt Lisle
Volunteer Assistant: Matt Stewart
Director of Operations: Kacey Friedman
Super Regional participant... Rallied to win three elimination games and capture the Columbia Regional... Finished third in the SEC regular season... Started season 20-1... SEC Tournament runner-up after first finals appearance since 2001... NCAA's No. 9 overall seed... Set program records with 65 home runs, 309 RBI and a .979 field percentage... 49 victories are the most under Beverly Smith and the most since winning 49 in 1999... Ranked 12th in final 2018 USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll