ASU, Cal Earn Coaching Staff Honors
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The coaching staffs from ARIZONA STATE and CALIFORNIA earned regional honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), as the organization announced awards on Thursday. Arizona State's coaches topped the West Region for the second straight season while the Golden Bear staff repeated in the Pacific Region.
West Region - Arizona State (53-11, 18-4 Pac-12)
Head Coach: Clint Myers
Associate Head Coach: Chuck D'Arcy?Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator: Scott Woodard
Director of Operations: Annie Voyles?Volunteer Assistant Coach: Casey Myers
Arizona State made its sixth trip in seven seasons to the WCWS after spending the entire 2012 season as one of the top 10 teams in the NFCA rankings. The Sun Devils finished second in the Pac-12 during the regular-season and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Arizona State suffered losses to Syracuse and La.-Lafayette in the regional and super regional, respectively, but bounced back in each case to return to the WCWS for the sixth time in seven seasons. In Oklahoma City, the Sun Devils opened with a win over Pac-12 foe Oregon, but dropped two of the next three games to end the season. This marks the second straight season in which the staff at Arizona State has earned the award for the West Region.
Pacific Region - California (58-7, 21-3 Pac-12)
Head Coach: Diane Ninemire
Assistant Coaches: Tammy Lohmann & John Reeves?Volunteer Assistant Coach: Angie Jacobs
California spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation and won its second ever Pac-10/Pac-12 title and its first since 1987. The Golden Bears earned the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and hosted postseason play for the first time since 1993. After falling to Arkansas in the second game of the regional, California won its next five games to advance to its second-straight WCWS. In Oklahoma City, the Golden Bears went 2-2 and advanced to the national semifinals. California has now won the award for the Pacific Region in each of the last two seasons.