Head softball coach Kristin Ryman, beginning her 11th season, has developed the Lipscomb Lady Bisons into one of the top programs in the NCAA.
The 2015 team finished with a 31-25 record overall. The Lady Bisons finished second in the conference with a 14-6 record. They lost to USC Upstate in the finals of the A-Sun Tournament, marking the fourth time the Lady Bisons have advanced to the finals in the past six years.
Paige Neely and Kelly Young were named A-Sun First Team All-Conference. Tanner Sanders and Brittany Elmore were Second Team members. Abby Fenichel and Caitlin Plocheck were picked for the A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Young, Sanders and Gracey Aguirre were All-Tournament choices.
In 2014 the Lady Bisons made their second trip to the NCAA Tournament, finishing second to Tennessee in the Knoxville Regional. Making the appearance even more impressive was the Lady Bisons became the first Lipscomb team to win an at-large berth in an NCAA Tournament and were one of two Atlantic Sun teams to receive at-large bids. It was the first time the conference had been awarded at-large bids in softball.
Megan Rhodes Smith
Pitching coach Megan Rhodes Smith returns for her second season as pitching coach for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
Smith spent the 2013 season with the Western Kentucky softball program, working with pitchers and catchers along with working with players on the mental aspects of the game. She also has been an assistant at Middle Tennessee and Charleston Southern.
Smith, a former standout at David Lipscomb High School, played four seasons for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols. She left the program ranked second all-time in strikeouts (726), third in wins (67) and fourth in innings pitched (570.1). She posted a 67-22 record for a .753 winning percentage and also had a 1.77 earned run average, both rank fourth best all-time. She made 135 appearances including 96 starts.
J.J. Dillingham is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
This is the third time in his career has has been an assistant coach for the Lady Bisons.
"Everyone needs servant leaders in their program, and J.J. is someone who will be that for us," Lipscomb coach Kristin Ryman said. "He has a blue-collar approach and will be dedicated to making our program better in any way possible. He will be involved in every aspect of our program."