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Indiana Softball Named ATEC/NFCA Midwest Regional Staff of the Year

Indiana Softball Named ATEC/NFCA Midwest Regional Staff of the Year


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball staff has been named to the Midwest Region Staff of the Year; the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its 2023 Division I Regional Staffs of the Year Thursday afternoon.
 
The Hoosiers led by head coach Shonda Stanton, her staff including associate head coach Chanda Bell, assistant coaches Gabbi Jenkins and Grayson Radcliffe as well as director of operations Cassie Hendrix helped lead IU to a 44-18 record on the season, including a runner-up finish in the Big Ten Championship with four honored on the All-Big Ten Tournament Team: Cora Bassett, Brianna Copeland, Taylor Minnick and Sarah Stone. Indiana earned the number two seed in the NCAA Knoxville Regional and advanced to the regional championship final.
 
Indiana set a new program win streak with 23 straight victories in addition to sweeping six conference opponents in Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, Michigan and Michigan State. IU led the conference in every major offensive category including batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, walks, hit by pitch OBS, and OPS.  
 
Stanton and her squad have coached three All-Americans in Copeland, Taryn Kern and Minnick with six being named to the All-Big Ten teams. Kern was also named the Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year under the mentorship of Stanton. The Hoosiers earned six NFCA All-Region accolades. Copeland, Kern and Minnick earned First Team honors while freshman Avery Parker was named to the Second Team followed by Bassett and Stone who earned Third Team nods.
  
This award represents each of the NFCA’s 10 Division I Regions. Each of the programs who received this recognition are eligible for the NFCA’s Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year, which will be announced on June 22.
 
Regional (respective region only) and National Coaching Staffs of the Year are voted on by active member head coaches. 
 
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