Softball staff named NFCA regional Coaching Staff of the Year

Softball staff named NFCA regional Coaching Staff of the Year

LOUISVILLE – For the ninth time in program history, and the third year in a row, the Salisbury University softball team has been honored with the best coaching staff in the Atlantic Region, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced.

Led by 19th-year Head Coach Margie Knight, the staff consists of Tom Stitcher, Terri Sharpless, John Krahling, Sarah Alpaugh, Kate Garland, Keri Lombardo, and Harley Hill, who helped the team to a 37-8 record, remaining in the top 10 in the NFCA coaches' poll throughout the season.

The Sea Gulls started the year 20-1 and spent that time at the No. 2 spot in the country, getting into Capital Athletic Conference play, where Salisbury placed second.

Landing an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament, the Sea Gulls made the most of their opportunity rolling through the regional and super regional rounds, both of which they hosted at the SU Softball Field.

Salisbury went 3-0 in regional play before sweeping the best-of-three super regional to advance to the NCAA championship. There, in Salem, Virginia, the Sea Gulls picked up a pair of wins, finishing third in the nation.

The Sea Gull coaching staff is one of eight honored, while national champion Tufts University's staff was named the national winner.

To see all regional coaching staff award winners, click here.

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