Tairia Flowers, who has enjoyed success as an outstanding collegiate player, an Olympic gold medal winner and a successful collegiate assistant coach, is in her sixth season as head coach of the softball program at CSUN in 2016.
In Flowers' short time in charge of the Matadors, she has led the program to new heights. In 2015, the Matadors started the Big West season 12-0 en route to a 16-5 finish and the Matadors' first outright Big West Championship. The Matadors also recorded over 40 victories for the first time since 1996 and finished the year 41-17 overall. CSUN recorded notable Big West series wins over Cal Poly, Long Beach State and UC Riverside while defeating Arizona State, Stanford and Wisconsin in the preseason. For her work, Flowers was named the 2015 Big West Conference Coach of the Year.
CSUN has seen a steady trajectory in wins since a difficult 2012 season. In 2013, the Matadors posted the sixth-best turnaround in Division I and then followed that up with a 30-win season in 2014. Individually, the Matadors have excelled under Flowers' leadership, especially in 2015.
Katie Hooper was the 2015 Big West Player of the Year and earned NFCA Third Team All-Region honors. Savannah Horvath received 2015 Big West Co-Freshman of the Year Award, NFCA Second Team All-West Region and was the first Matador in program history to be named ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Week. Furthermore, Zoe Conley became the first CSUN pitcher to earn First Team NFCA All-West Region honors since the 1994 season. She was also named Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Big West, becoming the first Matador in school history to be named her conference's freshman pitcher of the year. Sophomore Taylor Glover became the first Matador since 2003-04 to earn All-Region honors in two-consecutive seasons. She also earned First Team All-Big West honors for the second-straight year.
Samantha Sheeley joined the CSUN Softball staff prior to the start of the 2016 season. Sheeley will work with the Matador pitchers and catchers in addition to other administrative responsibilities.
Sheeley comes to CSUN after five seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State. In 2014, Sheeley helped lead the Shockers to the Missouri Valley Conference Regular Season Championship. The 2014 season also saw the first no-hitter by a Wichita State pitcher since the 2006 season. In her time at Wichita State, Sheeley oversaw a pitching staff that demonstrated signifigant improvement in each of her seasons, especially in the team's overall ERA.
Before working at Wichita State, Sheeley spent three seasons at Winona State. During her three years at Winona State, Sheeley helped guide Winona State's pitching staff to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including one Division II World Series appearance. She also helped some of her student-athletes earn All-NSIC honors, CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, Daktronics All-North Central Region honors and All-America honors.
Jessie Bryant joined the CSUN softball staff prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year. A former standout at Providence, Bryant will work with the CSUN offense and defense in addition to other administrative responsibilities.
Most recently, Bryant spent two years as an assistant coach at Army West Point. In 2016, the Black Knights finished 39-20 overall, including a sterling 19-6 mark in road games. After the season, two Black Knights earned NFCA All-Northeast Region Team honors while five were recognized on the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll.
Before working at Army West Point, Bryant spent one season as an assistant coach at Lesley University.
While at Lesley, Bryant worked primarily with the outfielders along with serving as the hitting coach. She was instrumental helping Lesley capture its sixth straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship and fourth straight automatic berth to the NCAA Regional Tournament in the spring. Read More
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Lovie Jung is in her third season as a member of the CSUN Softball staff, serving as the volunteer assistant coach in 2016. She works with the CSUN hitters and Matador infielders in addition to other administrative duties.
A former All-American at Fresno State and Arizona, Jung was a top second baseman and shortstop during her NCAA career. She earned multiple all-region and all-conference awards and was a finalist for the 2003 Honda Softball Award.
Jung was also a member of the 2004 and 2008 US Olympic Teams and won gold in Athens and Silver in Beijing. Two of her teammates on both teams were CSUN head coach Tairia Flowers and Director of Operations Natasha Watley.