LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Blue Springs South (Mo.) and Piedmont (Okla.) were selected by their peers as 2022-23 ATEC/NFCA Summer/Fall Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year, the Association announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Representing the two regions that compete in the Summer and Fall of 2022, Blue Springs South (Region I) and Piedmont (Region II), along with Regions III through X, who compete in the spring of 2023, are now eligible for the NFCA High School National Coaching Staff of the Year award, which will be announced on August 22, 2023.
To be eligible, the program’s head coach must be a member and nominated. Winners were voted by member head coaches in each of their respective regions.
Regional Winners Region I – Blue Springs South (Mo.)
Head Coach: Kristi Williams
Assistant Coaches: Tracie Black, Ryan Messick, Darin Wisner
Captured the 2022 Class 5 state championship … Posted a 33-2 record with wins over programs ranked in the NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll as well as multiple victories over teams ranked in Missouri … Finished the season No. 5 nationally … Four student-athletes earned all-state honors, three captured NFCA All-Region nods and seven were Missouri high school all-region winners, to go along with numerous all-district selections.
Region II – Piedmont (Okla.)
Head Coach: Keith Coleman
Assistant Coaches: Todd Brown, Tanya Caraballo, Coleman Hughes, Anthony Moss, Lisa Moss
Back-to-back Class 5A state champions and third title in last four seasons … Notched a school record 40 wins (40-3), the highest win total of any large school team in Oklahoma … Captured 5A-2 district title with a perfect 14-0 record … Picked up tourney titles at the Veteran Bat Tournament, NW OKC Festival and the 5A Regional Tournament … Ranked 11th in the final NFCA Summer/Fall High School Top 25 Coaches Poll, its highest ranking in program history … Earned 17 wins over Oklahoma State Tournament teams and won 14 games decided by three runs or less.
The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaching awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from webinars to legal counsel, to in-person events and the National Convention.