June 29, 2011
BERKELEY - After garnering the attention of the nation with a trip to the Women's College World Series, the California coaching staff earned recognition from its peers as the pacific region coaching staff of the year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Wednesday. Head coach Diane Ninemire, assistant coaches Tammy Lohmann and John Reeves along with volunteer assistant coach Angie Jacobs earned the right to call themselves one of the 10 best staffs in the country.
California advanced to the WCWS for the first time since 2005 after a great regular season that saw the Golden Bears finish second in the ultra-competitive Pac-10. With the seventh national seed, the Bears breezed through the Louisville Regional and took two of three games from Kentucky to win their first-ever Super Regional title over an SEC team. On the hallowed of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Cal defeated Oklahoma State but lost to Alabama and Florida in the Bears' 11th trip to the WCWS in program history.
Arizona State took home the national coaching staff of the year accolade, as well as the west region, after going a perfect 10-0 in the NCAA Tournament en route to the program's second national championship in four years.
Over the course of the 2011 season, the Bears faced off against four of the nine programs honored - Arizona State, Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma State.
The NFCA recognized the Cal coaches as the staff of the year in 2002 after the Bears won the national championship. This season's regional decoration is the second-ever in program history.
NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year - Arizona State (60-6, 17-4 Pac-10)
Central Region - Baylor University (47-15, 11-6 Big 12)
Head Coaches: Glenn Moore
Associate Head Coach: Mark Lumley
Assistant Coach: Britni Sneed
Great Lakes Region - Syracuse University (45-13, 15-5 Big East)
Mid-Atlantic Region - Fordham University (42-19, 16-4 Atlantic 10)
Mideast Region - East Carolina University (14-10 Conference USA)
Midwest Region - Oklahoma State University (42-18, 8-10 Big 12)
Northeast Region - University at Albany (28-23, 14-4 America East)
South Region - University of Alabama (53-11, 19-6 Southeastern)
Southeast Region - University of Florida (56-13, 21-7 Southeastern)
West Region - Arizona State (60-6, 17-4 Pac-10)