As the fall semester, and with it fall ball, nears commencement, what should be the last round of major coaching hires is still in full swing. With assistant spots being filled even still at Power Five schools, as well as some head coaching positions at lower levels, here's a brief rundown of some names you might know and where they'll be spending the 2016 season.
Taryne Mowatt, Ole Miss - Probably the most recognizable and well-known name on this list, Mowatt jumped back into the coaching world after a year away. She previously spent three seasons as the pitching coach at Cal Baptist, a Division II school. As a player, Mowatt led Arizona to two national championships and holds several school records.
Michelle Gascoigne, Northwestern - The World Series-winning southpaw will serve as the Wildcats' second assistant behind head coach Kate Drohan and her sister, associate head coach Caryl. Gascoigne was part of the Oklahoma squad that took home the WCWS title in 2013; following her college career, she has spent the past three summers as a member of the Chicago Bandits in the NPF. This is her first coaching position, following a two-year stint as a graduate manager at her alma mater.
Jenny Gilbert, Ball State - The Cardinals alum spent 2015 as a volunteer assistant within the program, and will stick around in 2016 as a full-fledged member of new coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett's staff. Arguably the program's greatest hitter, Gilbert graduated in 2014 and has spent two seasons in the NPF, as well as time with Team Canada preceding and following her graduation.
Jake Schumann, Iowa - The former FIU head coach and Ole Miss assistant found his new home in the Big Ten, though the position may be temporary. Officially titled an "Interim Assistant Coach", Schumann will assume full-time duties with the position this season, but a further search will take place after. Prior to his time in Mississippi and at FIU, Schumann also served as head coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Texas A&M-Kingsville; and Carl Albert State College.
Sharonda McDonald, Florida - As we reported last week, the former Texas A&M great has joined the Gators as the second assistant on Tim Walton's staff. Most recently, she had served at Texas Tech as the associate head coach.
Ashley Lane, Middle Tennessee - The former Michigan second baseman and offensive star will serve as the Blue Raiders' hitting coach and second assistant. Lane stands in the top five in three different offensive categories at the U of M and was twice named an all-American. This is her first full-time coaching position, following a stint as the volunteer assistant at Kentucky in 2015.
Other D1 Assistant Coach Hires:
- Staci Ramsey, Appalachian State
- Tori Tyson, Cal State Fullerton
- Taylor Orsburn, Northern Colorado
- Shayna McIntyre, Detroit
- Kaleigh Rafter, Buffalo
> Abby Martin, Oswego State - The former Buffalo assistant has been hired as the Division 3 program's head coach. She most recently served as an assistant coach at Buffalo for two seasons, prior to which she also coached at her alma mater, Cortland (DIII). This will be her first head coaching position. During her playing years, Martin began her career at the Division 1 level with Monmouth before transferring. She was named a D3 first-team all-American in her senior season.
> Sarah Maulorico, Wilkes - The former Delaware and Moravian College assistant will serve as head coach at the Division 3 program. This will be her first head coaching position at the collegiate level, though she did spend four seasons as the head coach of a southern California high school in the mid 2000s. During her playing career, she was a part of the 1999 Southern Miss team that advanced to the Women's College World Series under Lu Harris-Champer. She also played at New Mexico and Mississippi University for Women.
> Brittany Williams, Lake Superior State - Another member of the 2013 Sooners' Women's College World Series-winning squad, Williams has been named to her own first full-time position at the Division 2 school. She will serve as the second assistant and hitting coach. Williams ranks in the top ten in four OU program records; she spent last season, following her graduation, as a student assistant for the Sooners.