Former Central Washington assistant Jim Peterson has been named interim softball head coach at Sant Martin’s University (Lacey, Wash.).
"He brings with him a tremendous amount of experience as an assistant coach at a variety of levels, and has earned the opportunity to take on this head coaching position," said Sant Martin’s athletic director Bob Grisham.
Peterson was an assistant coach this previous season as Saint Martin's finished 25-19 overall record and 15-11 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Saints finished third in a very competitive conference and reached the GNAC Tournament before being knocked out by the eventual champions Western Washington.
Peterson is optimistic for 2018.
"After the 2017 third place finish, we have a core group of returning players and hope to use their experience to improve our standing in the conference," said Peterson.
Prior to SMU, Peterson was an assistant coach for Central Washington University for one season and prior that, he coached with the Canadian Women's Olympic Softball team. The Canadians played in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Silver medals in the 2006 and 2009 Canada Cups, three bronze finishes from 2006 to 2009 in the World Cup of Softball) and competed at the 2007 Pan American in Rio De Janeiro with a silver medal.
Peterson said his international experience and familiarity with the GNAC will benefit his squad.
"After two season coaching in the GNAC, there's a familiarity with the players and schools to help the coaching transition be smooth," Peterson said. "I will also incorporate my former international and college experience into my coaching philosophy."
"We will have Jim as interim head coach for the 2017-18 season and will evaluate the year as it progresses to determine making a final decision on his status," said Grisham.
Montana head coach Pinkerton takes Iowa State job
Jamie Pinkerton resigned as the University of Montana head softball coach after being named Iowa State’s head softball coach.
Pinkerton was the Grizzlies first coach when Montana started its program four years ago when he came to Montana from Iowa State after the 2013 season. During his first year, he built a roster from scratch, hired coaches, ordered equipment, assembled a schedule, served a key role in building a facility and laid the groundwork for the D1 program.
He made an immediate impact with Montana softball when it began play in the Big Sky Conference and raised its win total each of his three seasons. His last team was 35-24 (15-6 in the league), won the Big Sky Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Pinkerton was named Big Sky Coach of the Year twice in his three seasons at Montana. He is familiar with the Cyclones having served as assistant coach for four years.
Before his stint as an assistant for the Cyclones (2010-13), Pinkerton was head coach at Arkansas (2005-09). The Razorbacks made the NCAA Tournament his final two years (first time Arkansas made the post-season in consecutive years) and re-wrote the school record book offensively. His Arkansas teams also received academic accolades from the NFCA.
Montana has begun a national search to find Pinkerton’s replacement.
Cummings takes the reins of Grays Harbor Softball
Grays Harbor College has hired veteran Mike Cummings as head softball coach.
Cummings has been coaching softball for the past 18 years. Five of those years as Head Coach at North Beach High School. During his time at North Beach, Cummings guided the Hyaks to three straight league championships with a combined 32-0 record in league play.
Cummings also coached one year (2015) at Lee Williams High School in Kingman, Arizona. During that year, his team finished in the top 16 in the state and Mike was named Coach of the Year. That was the first season Lee Williams had a Varsity Team. The school was new so it had no senior class. Mike's starters included five freshmen, three sophomores, and one junior.
According to a Grays Harbor press release, Cummings also has summer ball coaching experience.
Cummings also served as the Washington State Babe Ruth Softball Commissioner for three years.
"We are excited to have Mike at the helm of GHC Softball, said Athletic Director Tom Sutera. “He has had success at each level he has coached. I see him finding that same success here as well."
Piece selects Coburn as head coach
Amber Coburn has been named head softball coach at Pierce Community College.
Coburn takes over the Pierce program after two successful seasons as head coach at Emerald Ridge High School, in Puyallup (Wash.). Prior to that, she was on the coaching staff at Puyallup High School.
Coburn was a two-time all-state pitcher at Coeur d’Alene High School in Idaho, and pitched for two years at Delaware State University.
Coburn replaced Mark Edmondson, who spent 10 years as head coach of Pierce.
Moffitt joins WWU staff
After five years as head coach of Big Bend Community College, Ray Moffitt has moved to Walla Walla University as assistant coach and director of recruiting.
“I am so excited and fortunate to have a 50-plus year softball mind, in Ray, that has the willingness to join our staff,” said Mike Jimenez, WWU head coach. “Ray brings a knowledge of the game of softball, that is not surpassed by many. I am excited to coach side by side with him and also have the opportunity to glean an abundance of information about coaching, and the softball world. I also considerate it a privilege to call Ray my friend”
Prior to BBCC, Moffitt spent 13 seasons as an assistant at Northwest Christian University in Eugene. And before that, he coached at several Oregon high schools.
Saint Martin’s coaching staff is complete
First-year Saint Martin’s head coach James Peterson has named Mark Edmonston, Danielle L’Argent and Andrea Hamada as assistant coaches.
L’Argent joins the SMU staff after spending the last two seasons at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.
L'Argent helped the Cavaliers transition from NAIA status to NCAA D2. She served as the interim head coach during the fall of 2016.
Edmonston spent 10 seasons as head coach of Pierce College ( Puyallup, Wash.). Edmonston holds the record for most wins in Raider Athletics' history. He has recorded recording nearly 300 wins at the helm of the Raiders. Three times he was named West Division Coach of the Year.
Hamada played collegiately at Central Washington University, where she was part of the Wildcats’ NCAA D2 Super Regional team in 2016. That same year the Wildcats won the GNAC conference and GNAC tournament. Also, helped the Wildcats to the Regional Tournament in 2014. She was a former team captain and 4-year starter for CWU.
Bray joins George Fox staff
Jim Bray as the new assistant softball coach at George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.)
Bray comes to George Fox from Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.), where he served as an assistant coach for the baseball and women's basketball teams. Bray spent the last four years at Transylvania. Bray came to Transylvania by way of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he served as an assistant coach under Tom Flynn for four seasons.
"Jim is someone we were excited about bringing on to our team," said softball coach Jessica Hollen. "He has a unique approach to his coaching style and is an excellent recruiter."
Before coaching, Bray was a two-year letter winner and captain for the Lewis & Clark baseball program, driving in 40 career RBIs and hitting 10 home runs. He started 57 games for the Pioneers, playing mainly as a corner infielder.
Bray will also serve as the director of game management for the men's and women's soccer programs.
Washington assistant Roberts to lead Buffalo program
The University of Washington pitching coach Mike Roberts has been named the new head coach of the UB softball program. He becomes just the fourth head coach of the softball program in the Bulls D1I history.
Under Roberts' guidance in 2017, the Huskies pitching staff lowered their team ERA from 3.24 to 2.38, ranking fourth in the PAC-12. He helped guide the team to an overall record of 42-17 and the program's 22nd consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Roberts has also been the assistant pitching and catching coach for the New Zealand women's National softball team since 2016.
Prior to Washington, Roberts was at the University of Oregon, where he spent the 2014 season as the Ducks' pitching coach.
Before joining the staff at Oregon, Roberts spent three seasons coaching the pitchers and catchers at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, He pitched in 13 ISC world club tournaments and was a member of the ISF Samoan men's national team.
Great Falls changes name to University of Providence
While many schools are changing coaches, the University of Great Falls has changed its named to the University of Providence.
"This is a significant turning point for the University of Great Falls," Aretz noted in a press release. "This partnership will enable our university to expand our School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Argo athletics programs on the Great Falls campus, enhance student programming and facilities, and better meet the educational needs of the traditional student body."
According to the press release, a new School of Health Professions is being established, expanding on health care offerings including the popular RN to BSN degree program and a new master's degree program in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology. The university also offers graduate programs in Organizational Leadership: Healthcare Administration and a certificate program in Applied Health Informatics. New programs are envisioned in the coming years, according to Aretz, to address the workforce training needs of PSJH.
The new School of Health Professions is expected to reach as many as 10,000 students in 10 years, with courses available online and at satellite locations, with the first satellite location expected in the Puget Sound area.
The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is expected to grow enrollment to 1,400 students within the next decade.