Ashley Pyron was named the Averett University softball head coach in July 2016.
In her first season, Pyron found immediate success. In 2017, she guided the Cougars to the program’s second USA South Conference Tournament championship and third NCAA Regional appearance. In the process, one player earned both National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America First Team and College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America First Team honors — the first time any Cougar in any program has earned First Team in both prestigious honors during the same season. She also helped produce the USA South Player of the Year, USA South Rookie of the Year, four all-conference selections and three all-region picks. In the classroom, her team finished with a grade point average above 3.0 during the spring semester.
A native of Aliso Viejo, California, Pyron came to Averett with eight years of experience as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. Pyron helped guide Concordia University Irvine, her alma mater, from 2007-15 as the Eagles compiled an impressive 371-100 overall record with three consecutive conference titles (2012-14), back-to-back regional championships in 2012 and 2013, five NAIA national tournament appearances and the 2013 NAIA national championship. For guiding the Eagles to the national title, Pyron and her colleagues were named the 2013 NAIA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Softball Assistant Coach
Allie Reid joined the Averett University softball program as an assistant coach in July 2017.
Reid played four-plus seasons of collegiate softball, finishing her career at Division II Concord. Mostly a pitcher, Reid went 41-25 in the circle while setting the program record for career wins at Concord. She earned All-Mountain East Conference Second Team honors in 2015, and she twice earned MEC Pitcher of the Week accolades. She began her career at Division I Radford University.
In addition to her playing experience, Reid has coached the Loudoun Storm fastpitch travel softball organization while also giving instructional lessons for six years.
A native of Lovettsville, Virginia, Reid earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Concord in 2017. She is currently pursuing her master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Averett.
Softball Assistant Coach
Natalie Ruechel joined the Averett University softball program as an assistant coach in June 2016.
Ruechel previously spent one season as the pitching coach at her alma mater, Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisc., and helped guide the Pioneers to a 25-15 record. Her coaching experience also includes time working various softball clinics and teaching private pitching and catching instruction.
Ruechel played two seasons at Division III Carroll, where she went 13-9 in the circle as a senior while earning All-Midwest Conference Second Team honors. In addition, she was a team captain for the Pioneers during her senior season. Prior to Carroll, She played at Division II Wayne State College for one season, where she appeared in 24 games as a relief pitcher and pinch hitter. She began her collegiate playing career at Iowa Western Community College, going 8-0 with a 1.64 earned run average in 42.2 innings pitched while helping her team compile a 38-18 record.