Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bandits Gives Moss 3-Year Extension

The Chicago Bandits have re-signed standout outfielder and speedster Brenna Moss to a three-year contract extension.

Moss is the first player to join the Bandits’ active roster for the 2018 summer season; previously, the Bandits, under new management by the Town of Rosemont in 2017, spent the most recent season with a roster full of one-year deals and other contracts that expire in February.

The extension for Moss stretches through the 2020 season. Financial terms were undisclosed.

A former third-round draft pick, Moss has spent her entire three-year NPF career with the Bandits. The former Fresno State star ended the 2017 season batting .341 and led her team in stolen bases.

The news of her lengthy extension is good news for Bandits fans, as it seem to solidify the Town of Rosemont’s long-term commitment to operating the franchise.

San Diego Adds Danielle O’Toole as Pitching Coach

Former Arizona standout and Team USA ace Danielle O’Toole has been named the new pitching coach at San Diego, the school announced earlier this week.

O’Toole, who graduated from Arizona earlier in 2017, finished her career in Tucson after spending her first two seasons at San Diego State. While at SDSU, O’Toole was named the Mountain West’s Pitcher of the Year in 2014 and twice earned all-MW conference honors.

After sitting out a season once she transferred to Arizona, O’Toole quickly became one of the conference’s and nation’s elite, as she posted a cumulative 1.69 ERA during her two seasons as a Wildcat and opposing batters hit just .201 against her. She also gathered more than 400 strikeouts during her pair of seasons in a UA jersey.

To cap her collegiate career, O’Toole was named the PAC-12’s Pitcher of the Year in 2017 and was a top ten finalist for the National Player of the Year award.

In her first season with Team USA during the 2017 summer campaign, O’Toole collected a 2.80 ERA and a 2-0 win-loss record in fifteen innings in the circle at the Pan American Championship for the US National team, while her 0.47 ERA led her team during the World Cup of Softball.

O’Toole signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bandits and appeared in four games for the squad.

At USD, O'Toole replaces program alum Cassidy Coleman, who had been the Toreros' pitching coach since 2015.

Gerry Glasco Joins Auburn Coaching Staff

Gerry Glasco has been announced as the new assistant coach for the Auburn softball program.

Glasco, who spent six years at Georgia and three years most recently as Associate Head Coach at Texas A&M, will join his third Southeastern Conference club in a decade. At Georgia, Glasco more than tripled his team’s home run totals in just his first season in Athens and was part of the Bulldogs club that won the 2014 SEC tournament championship.

After moving to Texas A&M in 2015, Glasco helped launch another offensive attack with the Aggies, helping guide an offense that hit 213 home runs during his three seasons in College Station and averaged more than six runs scored per game during that same span.

A coaching veteran at the professional level as well as in college, Glasco has previously served as head coach for two of the National Pro Fastpitch league’s teams, including the USSSA Pride in 2014 and the Scrap Yard Dawgs in 2017. His team won the NPF championship both years, including the Dawgs’ first-ever league title in the most recent season.

At Auburn, Glasco joins Mickey Dean’s coaching staff within a week of the former James Madison coach’s hiring by the Tigers.

Bandits Name Stacey Nuveman-Deniz as Head Coach

In what has been a full week of news for the NPF’s Chicago Bandits, the team announced that former Team USA standout Stacey Nuveman-Deniz will assume their vacant head coaching position for the 2018 summer season.

Nuveman's Team USA headshot
Nuveman-Deniz, whose full-time job is as Associate Head Coach at San Diego State, will assume the position vacated by Sharonda McDonald following the 2017 campaign.

A three-time US Olympian, Nuveman-Deniz won two gold medals as a part of the US National Team in 2000 and 2004. Her third Olympic medal came in the form of a silver in 2008 in Beijing.

In addition to her Olympic success, Nuveman-Deniz also spent several years as an analyst for ESPN and was a four-time all-American at UCLA. She held the NCAA all-time home run record for thirteen years before Lauren Chamberlain broke it in 2015.

The Bandits reached the postseason in 2017 for the tenth consecutive season, but failed to defend their back-to-back league titles from 2015 and 2016.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fairleigh Dickinson Hires Chris Foye as Head Coach

The list of head coaching openings still available before the 2018 season got smaller this week, with the hiring of Mickey Dean at Auburn and Fairleigh Dickinson's hiring of Chris Foye a day earlier.

Foye joins the Knights after a single-season stint at NYU, where he served as an assistant coach and helped lead the Violets to a .500 record of 19-19.

Prior to his time at NYU, Foye had been head coach at Felician University in New Jersey for three years, during which time he amassed a 55-76 win-loss record, with a record of 35-43 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games.

In addition to his stops at NYU and Felician, Foye had also been a head coach at the College of St. Elizabeth, as well as an assistant at Montclair State and Seton Hall.

The Knights of FDU are coming off of a 2017 season that saw them post a 5-37 record, including just a single conference victory. The Knights went 17-71 over the last two seasons.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Mickey Dean to be Named Head Coach at Auburn

Sources have confirmed to JWOS that James Madison head coach Mickey Dean will be named to the Tigers’ vacant head coaching position.

Dean had been head coach at James Madison for five seasons and elevated the program to become one of the nation’s elite. The Dukes received a national seed in the 2016 NCAA tournament and hosted a Super Regional in Harrisonburg that same year. In 2017, the Dukes set a program record for single-season victories with fifty-two on the year.

Four times the Colonial Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year, Dean collected 237 wins during his time at JMU, good enough for an .809 winning percentage in his quintet of seasons at the helm of the Dukes program.

At JMU, Dean leaves behind the twice-defending CAA conference champions, as well as reigning National Player of the Year Megan Good.

Prior to James Madison, Dean spent six seasons at Radford, where he collected a 241-116 record and shepherded the program to victory in 80% of its conference games during that time. Dean also spent a single season at Lake City Community College.

Assistant coaching stints at Longwood, Indiana, and Akron also dot Dean’s resume, as does lengthy tenures, as head coach of the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch league and pitching coach for the Venezuelan National Team.

At Auburn, Dean assumes the helm of a program in turmoil following the abrupt retirement of Clint Myers and an ongoing school investigation into the softball program under Myers’ reign. The Tigers finished the 2017 season with a 49-12 record and reached the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament, but off-field newsmakers primarily revolving around the Myers family, including allegations of improper relationships with players levied against Corey Myers, Clint’s son and a former Auburn assistant coach, tainted the team’s on-field success.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Where Are They Now: Dani Devlin

Who is she? Dani Devlin, a former catcher and designated hitter for the Northern Kentucky Norse.

What is she known for? In 2017, her last season as a player for the Norse, Devlin earned first-team all-Horizon League honors following the season. Her thirteen home runs as a seniorranked second-most in single-season program history, while her thirty-one career home runs were good enough for second all-time in the program's history. Dani earned all-Atlantic Sun first-team honors in 2015, prior to the Norse's conference change.

Here’s something interesting… Devlin's brother, Paddy, is a redshirt freshman wide receiver for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, who are currently ranked #4 in the nation in the Football Championship Series (FCS). Her father also played Division 1 sports, for the Central Connecticut State basketball team.

Quotable quote: “Not everything is going to go your way. You can hit 10 line drives and there will always be someone diving after a ball to put you back in the dugout. Life is pretty similar, but you have to keep grinding for that one ball that drops. Just be patient and keep working - success comes to those who hustle.”

What’s she up to now? Since graduating from NKU, Dani works in business development for an IT consulting firm in Illinois. She also coaches the District 219 Slammers 14u travel ball team.

Keep up: You can find Dani on Twitter and Instagram @DaniDev_.