July 5, 2012
BERKELEY - Following one of the best seasons in California softball history, the Golden Bear coaches earned the right to call themselves Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year, the NFCA announced Thursday. This is the second year in a row that the Cal staff - headed by Diane Ninemire, with assistant coaches Tammy Lohmann and John Reeves along with volunteer assistant coach Angie Jacobs - has won the prestigious regional accolade.
Cal faced off against four of the nine schools honored in Alabama, which took home national and South Region honors, Oklahoma (Central Region), Tennessee (Southeast Region) and Arizona State (West Region). Both the Crimson Tide and Bears were heralded as Easton Teams of the Years.
California spent the majority of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation and own is second-ever Pac-10/12 title and its first since 1987. The Golden Bears earned the 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 Berkeley Regional, Cal won its next five games to advance to its second-straight WCWS. In Oklahoma City, the Bears went 2-2 and advanced to the national semifinals.
National Coaching Staff of the Year - Alabama