Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Trio of Coaching Moves

A trio of big-name coaching moves have been made over the last several days, and we've yet to cover them. So today, we're going to combine those three into a single article to make sure you're up-to-date on all of the collegiate off-season's goings-on.

Stake Takes Reins at Valpo
L-R: Roark, Fico, & Stake
Another Division 1 head coaching position has been filled, as former Hofstra assistant Kate Stake was named the head coach at Valparaiso. Stake brings a veteran's resume to the position, with eight seasons as a D1 assistant under her belt. This is her first head coaching job. Prior to the last two seasons serving under Bill Edwards at Hofstra, Stake was on the staff at the United State Military Academy ("Army") & Eastern Illinois. At Valpo, she replaces Jordan Stevens who led the squad to a 24-34 record in his final season at the helm of the program.

Fico to Mentor Beard, Jaguar Staff
Though a few days old, this one was incredibly popular on Facebook. Former LSU pitching standout and 2013 Akron Racers #1-overall draft pick Rachele Fico has been named the pitching coach at South Alabama. Fico began her coaching career fresh out of school as a graduate assistant at LSU last season. This is her first full-time position. She assumes the position vacated by Mark Ryal, who spent one season in Mobile before moving on to Oklahoma State this off-season. Fico will mentor Jaguar stud hurler Farish Beard, as well as help guide the USA pitching staff as they must make up for the loss of All-American Hannah Campbell.

Roark Replaces Pauly @ Upstate
And finally yesterday, Chris Hawkins' South Carolina-Upstate announced a new pitching coach in ex-Virginia Tech great Kenzie Roark. Following the retirement of Rick Pauly, the position came open and Roark will now assume responsibilities. Despite the losses of Hannah Alexander and Anna Miller, the 2014 staff ace, the Spartan staff still boasts Lexi Shubert, a standout freshman hurler in 2014, and several incoming freshman and dual threat offensive players that can also toss from the circle. After a year of graduate coaching at her alma mater, Roark spent the past several years as the assistant coach at East Tennessee State. 

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