Willamette Tabs Hall, CWU Selects Mitchell as Head Coaches
By Tom Mauldin
With Willamette University’s hiring of Paige Hall as its new softball head coach, the Northwest’s 2019-2020 coaching carousel has stopped.
In all, more than a dozen Northwest institutions will have new head coaches with the 2020 season set to begin next month.
Hall was announced as the Bearcats’ coach on Tuesday. She replaces longtime coach Damian Williams.
In late December, Central Washington University named Alison Mitchell to replace Mike Larabee who moved on the University of Maryland.
Both Mitchell and Hall have extensive backgrounds with two of the Northwest’s premiere club teams – Hall with the Northwest Bullets and Mitchell with the Washington Ladyhawks.
Hall also has served as an assistant softball coach at Lewis & Clark College since 2013.
"I feel very honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead a group of talented young women who are well rounded student-athletes," Hall said. "Willamette traditionally always has excellent sports programs and I am excited to bring my knowledge of the Northwest Conference to our program.”
Hall played softball at Oregon State University where she received Honorable Mention All-Pac 12 honors in 2012 and was Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 in 2010. She was named Honorable Mention on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in 2009.
Hall had a won-loss record of 51-44 and tossed a perfect game against Western Michigan University in 2011. She graduated from OSU with a 3.21 career earned run average in 558 innings.
Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotion and health behavior from the School of Public Health at OSU in 2013.
Hall, who attended Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, has several years experience as a club coach. She was a four-year All-State player at Jesuit and Oregon’s 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year.
In 21 seasons at Bearcat head coach, Williams recorded a career record of 361-365. Willamette is a NCAA Division 3 university located in Salem, Ore.
Mitchell has an extensive softball background with Redmond High School and the Washington Ladyhawks’s club organization.
Since 2016, She has served as Redmond High School's head softball coach since 2016 and was an assistant at Redmond in 2013. earning four league tournament berths, capturing three division titles, two King County titles, and both a district and state tournament title. During Mitchell's tenure, Redmond placed in the top 10 in the state tournament for eight consecutive years.
"Coaching at Central Washington has been a dream of mine for many years," Mitchell said. "The softball program at CWU has had a history of winning and I'm excited to work with the talented young ladies currently on the team to continue their hard-earned success.”
Before moving on to Maryland, Larabee led the Wildcats to four Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles in four seasons.
Mitchell began her time with the Ladyhawks' organization in 2006 as a recruiting coach and outfield and infield instructor. In 2009, she earned a head coaching spot within the program. .
In addition to Redmond High School and her club experience, Mitchell has served as the head coach for Skyline High School and Eastside Catholic High School.
CWU is a NCAA Division 2 school located in Ellensburg, Wash.