COLUMBIA – The Missouri softball coaching staff, head coach Ehren Earleywine, assistant coaches Melissa Tucci and Pete D'Amour and volunteer assistant coach Phil Bradley, was named the Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year, Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. It is the second straight season that the Tiger softball staff has earned this recognition.
In Earleywine's fourth season as head coach of the Tigers, the Missouri softball team set the school record for most wins in a season (51). The team's .797 winning percentage was the second best all-time.
The Tigers finished the year with a 51-13 overall record, capped by their second-straight trip to the Women's College World Series. They spent much of the season ranked in the Top 10 of the national polls, reaching as high as No. 3, and closed the year with No. 8 finish in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll. Missouri swept through the Columbia Regional, beating Creighton and knocking off Illinois twice to capture its third consecutive regional crown. The Tigers then swept Oregon at the NCAA Super Regional round, also held in Columbia, to advance to their fifth-ever WCWS.