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Friday, October 17, 2014

Coaching Tree: Ralph & Karen Weekly

When a coach's success is multiplied through his or her former pupils themselves making a mark in the profession, this forms what is commonly referred to as a "coaching tree". Today, we are debuting a new series  focusing on this aspect of the game of softball, exploring the impact many well-known and great coaches on the future of the coaching game. To kick off this series, we're actually going to look at the impact of one of the great duos in the business, Tennessee's own Ralph and Karen Weekly.

In 16 seasons as co-head coaches at Chattanooga and Tennessee, the Weeklys have amassed 792 career wins together. 664 of the victories have come at the helm of the Lady Vols. Under their leadership, the Lady Vols have made six trips to Oklahoma City to participate in the Women's College World Series; pertinent to this series of articles, however, the Weeklys' lengthy tenure at Tennessee has spawned quite a few new coaches at many levels of the game. Including...


  • 1 head coach - Shannon Doepking, Darmouth
  • 4 full-time assistant coaches - Cat Hosfield, Kennesaw State; Ashley Andrews, Washington; Erinn Webb, Redlands; Megan Rhodes Smith, Lipscomb
  • 3 volunteer assistant coaches - Ivy Renfroe, Lipscomb; Madison Shipman, Tennessee; Ellen Renfroe, Memphis
  • 1 graduate assistant coach - Lauren Gibson, South Florida


Interesting and of note is that, of the nine coaches on this list, only two have held their listed positions prior to the 2014-2015 season.

Have we missed any members of the Weeklys' "coaching tree"?

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