- Tripp begins his 1st year as Head Coach at Kennesaw State after having spent 2 seasons as Assistant Coach for the Texas Longhorns.
- MacKay spent 2016 as the Director of Player Development for Scrap Yard Sports in Houston and with the newest NPF expansion team, the Scrap Yard Dawgs.
- For 8 seasons Tripp was an assistant at the University of Oklahoma, where he worked with OU's outfielders and offense. During his stint at OU stretching from 2007-2015, he helped guide the Sooners to:
- The 2013 National Championship and a 2012 Runner-up Finish
- A 389-97 overall record
- Eight consecutive NCAA postseason appearances, including 4 Women's College World Series berths
- Five Big 12 Conference regular-season titles, and 2 Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship crowns
- He shared 2013 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year honors and four straight NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year (2012-2015) accolades.
- MacKay helped lead the 2013 Sooners offensive to the national title, leading the country in runs scored per contest (7.8) and slugging percentage (.582), while also rating in the top 10 in batting average (.333), home runs per game (1.54) and doubl
University of Michigan
- Head coach Carol Hutchins (Hutch) is in her 33rd season at the helm of the University of Michigan softball program. Hutch owns more wins than any other coach in any division in NCAA softball history! Period! She has guided the Wolverines to:
- 1 NCAA title
- 19 Big Ten Conference titles
- 9 Big Ten Tournament titles
- Qualified for NCAA Tournament 24 times
- 18 NCAA Regional crowns
- 12 WCWS appearances
- Never had a losing season
- Inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2006.
- With a career record of 1,484-478-4 as a head coach, she has a winning percentage of 75% and has averaged 46 wins per year for 32 years!
- Michigan posted a 52-7 record in 2016, claiming its ninth straight Big Ten title and a spot in the WCWS-- the program's 12th overall and third in four years. Sierra Romero was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and Megan Betsa repeated as Big Ten Pitcher of the Year.
- Under Hutch, Michigan became the first program east of the Mississip
University of Arizona
- Mike Candrea enters his 33rd season as the head coach of the University of Arizona softball team and by far, is softball’s most decorated college coach. Mike’s accomplishments include:
- 8 NCAA National Championships
- 2 NJCAA National Championships
- 21 trips to the Women’s College World Series
- 1,468 career victories (career winning percentage of 80%)
- 54 All-Americans, including 4 National Players of the Year, 5 Coach of the Year awards
- 2-time USA Olympic Softball Team Head Coach; 1 Olympic Gold Medal and 1 Olympic Silver Medal
- Head Coach of the USA Women’s Softball Olympic team that won Gold at the 2004 Olympics, and Silver at the 2008 Olympics. The 2004 team posted a perfect 9-0 record, outscoring its opponents 51-1 in one of the most dominant team performances in any sport in Olympic history.
- Candrea led Arizona to their first national championship in 1991. National championships followed in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2007.
- During Candrea’s tenure at Arizona the Cats have had a succession of top-level players – sluggers, hitters, dominant pitchers and Olympians. For 22-c