Linda Kalafatis (pronounced Cal-UH-fat-tiss) begins her fourth season as the head coach of the College of Charleston softball team, the fifth coach all-time in program history.
She enters her fourth season at the College of Charleston, and her 28th season as a head coach. Kalafatis owns a record of 99-68 through three seasons at The College, and a record of 907-543-2 through 27 seasons. In 2016 she lead the Cougars to a record of 35-23, and picked up her 900th career win on April 24 in a 3-2 victory over Towson. She became the 16th active Division I coach to reach the 900 career wins mark. Kalafatis' 2016 squad produced four All-CAA Second teamers, two CAA All-Freshman team members, and one CAA All-Academic team member. They also set CofC records for defensive efficiency, recording the highest fielding percentage in program history (.974), and the fewest errors in a season (42).
Kalafatis began her third season with a 64-45 overall record at CofC after recording a 24-29 record, along with a 7-14 record in the CAA in 2015. Under Kalafatis' tutelage, third basemanTaylor DuPree set a school record for most stolen bases in a season, and earned All-CAA First Team honors.
In her first season with The College, she led the team to a 40-16 record including a 14-4 mark in CofC's inagural season in the Colonial Athletic Conference, which was good for second in the league. The 2014 Cougars posted their fourth highest win total in program history, and saw six members of that team earn All-CAA honors. It was a very successful year statistically for CofC as well, setting top-10 marks in lowest opponent ERA (2.20), strikeout rate (5.90/ per 7 innings), fewest hits allowed (353), fewest runs allowed (151), as well as the second highest fielding percenatge a College of Charleston team has ever had (.969). Read More
College of Charleston softball head coach Linda Kalafatis has announced that Barb Sherwood will join the program's coaching staff.
Sherwood previously served three seasons as the head coach at Portland State coaching 18 All-Big Sky Conference selections and 21 Big Sky Spring All-Academic team selections. Sherwood replaces Sam Marder, who recently accepted a position at Texas Tech.
In 2015, seven Vikings earned All-Big Sky Conference honors led by first team selection Brittany Hendrickson. Hendrickson led the Vikings in all three 'Triple Crown' categories. She hit .393 with eight home runs and 45 runs batted in. She also set the Portland State single-season record for walks with 36. As a team, the Vikings walked a school record 160 times.
Portland State struggled in the circle during Sherwood's first season on the Park Blocks. In year two, however, the Vikings' staff cut its earned run average from the previous season by 2.38 points thanks to another year of Sherwood's leadership and the addition of junior college transfer Kristen Crawford. Crawford led the Vikings in both wins and ERA. Read More
A former three-time All-American at the University of Florida, Aja Paculba (pronounced Asia Puh-COOL-buh) is in her first season as an assistant coach for the College of Charleston softball program.
Paculba previously served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Western Kentucky from 2013-16. There, the Lady Toppers won Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles during the 2015 season and produced nine all-conference selections. Paculba also worked with three NFCA All-Mideast Region Team honorees, while a member of the 2015 NFCA Co-Mideast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
With Paculba's assistance, the 2015 squad at WKU earned a NCAA Regional berth after taking C-USA by storm in the program's inaugural season in the league with a 36-14 overall record and 16-5 conference mark. The Lady Toppers would go on to defeat three nationally-ranked opponents in No. 19 Nebraska, No. 16 Georgia and No. 14 and Women's College World Series participant Tennessee. The win over the Bulldogs set the record for the longest game in program history as WKU defeated UGA in walk-off fashion (14 innings) and a NCAA Regional victory.
Larissa Franklin and Miranda Kramer were named to the All-Conference USA First Team, while Dani Pugh was selected to the second team. Franklin and Kramer also earned NFCA All-Region honors, while Kramer became WKU's first-ever All-American. Carleigh Chaumont garnered C-USA All-Freshman accolades to go with her and Kathryn Downing being selected to the C-USA All-Tournament Team. Kramer was named tournament MVP after the program's C-USA Championship run. Read More