Cindy ball was named the second head coach in UCF Softball history on June 27, 2018.
Ball joins the Knights after four successful seasons at Boise State University. In her last two campaigns, Ball compiled a 73-36 record. She led the squad to the program’s first postseason appearance at the 2017 National Invitational Softball Championship and followed it up with a 2018 NCAA Tournament berth.
In 2018, the Broncos set programs records for most wins in a season (40), most conference wins in a season (18), and the first conference title in program history defeating New Mexico in the Mountain West championship.
Ball brings a plethora of coaching experience, including a two-year stint with the Washington staff, to Orlando. In those two seasons, she served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for the development of the Husky pitching staff. The Huskies went 76-35 during Ball’s two seasons in Seattle and reached a pair of NCAA Super Regionals while developing Kaitlin Inglesby into a second team All-American.
Tiffany Jordan joined the UCF softball coaching staff in October 2014 as an assistant coach. Her primary responsibilities include working with the infielders and hitting.
Jordan has helped the Knights to NCAA regional final appearances in 2015 (Tallahassee) and 2016 (Gainesville). She was a part of 2015 American Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and 2015 NFCA Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year, helping the program to its first regular season and tournament championship in the same year.
Jordan was inducted into her alma mater, Youngstown State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017, and was also named the assistant coach for the Canadian Junior Women’s team for the 2019 Softball World Cup
Lynch joins UCF as assistant coach after being the volunteer assistant at Florida State during the 2018 season.
Prior to Florida State, Lynch wrapped up an outstanding four-year career at North Carolina, where the dual-threat pitcher and outfielder earned NFCA Second Team All-American honors in 2017 after batting .374 with 21 home runs and 68 RBI at the plate and posting a record of 11-4 in the circle as the Tar Heels reached the NCAA Regional finals.
A left-handed power hitter, she improved every season and was called upon to become UNC’s primary pitcher during her junior season, where she would go on to break five single-season pitching records. Saw action as an outfielder early in her career, before transitioning to a full-time pitcher as a junior and finally the Tar Heels’ primary DP in 2017.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Salling joins the UCF staff as the volunteer assistant and boasts an impressive collegiate and international softball career.
Salling joined the Washington coaching staff as its graduate assistant coach in the fall of 2015. Salling spent four years playing in the National Pro Fastpitch league and is a member of the Canadian National Team, which won the gold medal this summer in the 2015 Pan American Games.
Salling started her NCAA career at the University of Oregon before transferring to the University of Washington. In her freshman season with the Ducks, she was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. After redshirting the 2008 season to train with the Canadian Olympic softball team, she became eligible to play for the Huskies on April 2, 2009 and the sophomore started every game at shortstop to help Washington win their first National Championship.
Director of Operations
Hayward comes to UCF as the Director of Operations. Prior to UCF, she spent one season at the University of Maryland as an assistant coach.
Prior to Maryland, Hayward helped guide UMass to back-to-back winning seasons in 2016 and 2017. UMass was one of the top hitting teams in the Atlantic 10 in 2017, as the Minutewomen advanced to the conference title game while finishing second in the regular season standings. Batters/position players earned nine all-conference selections under her guidance, while three UMass hitters garnered NFCA All-Region selections during her tenure.
Hayward spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant at LSU under head coach Beth Torina. The Tigers opened the year with 25-consecutive victories and spent three weeks as the No. 1 ranked team in the country, before ending the season with a 52-14 record and a third-place finish at the Women’s College World Series. LSU’s coaching staff was named the Division I South Region Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Volunteer Assistant Coach at NNU