Hanson & Dowdy Sweep; Burford Coach of the Year
Softball Falls In SoCon Championship RoundThe fourth-seeded Samford softball team fell in the championship round of the 2017 Southern Conference Tournament by a score of 6-0 to the third-seeded ETSU Bucs Saturday afternoon at Frost Stadium. Read More
Mandy Burford recently wrapped up her sixth season as the head coach of the Samford softball team. Burford was promoted to head coach in 2012 after serving as an assistant coach in 2011.
The 2017 team produced a second-straight appearance in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game. After falling in the first round to Mercer, Samford reeled off three-straight wins over Chattanooga, UNCG and Mercer to reach the title game for the second-straight season. After the tournament, Samford’s Grey Adams, Madison Couch, Shelby Maze and Kelsey Royalty were named to the All-Tournament team.
Maze, the 2017 team’s center fielder, set a school record and led the nation with 90 hits. She also led the SoCon in batting with an impressive. 423 average. Maze was named first team All-SoCon and third team NFCA All-Region at the conclusion of the season. Maze was joined on the first team All-SoCon squad by teammates Couch and catcher Abby Sweeney. Additionally, infielder Whitney Hinton was named to the SoCon’s All-Freshman team.
Megan Dowdy enters her second season as assistant coach for the Bulldogs as she joined the program on August 20, 2016 after a successful playing career at Samord.
Dowdy, started four years in the outfield for the Bulldogs from 2013-2016 and ended her career as one of the most decorated players to have ever come up through the program. The three-time All-SoCon First Team selection holds five career batting titles at the university and will look to translate the success she had during her playing career to her new position as an assistant coach this upcoming season.
The 2016 SoCon Player of the Year will be responsible for assisting with all hitting and offensive strategy for the Bulldogs, specializing in the short game aspect of the sport, and will be tabbed with being the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Abby Adams enters her first season as a full-time assistant coach on the Samford softball staff. In her new position, Adams will be in charge of the defense, and assist with instructing the team’s hitters.
“I am very excited to move Abby Adams from volunteer assistant into the full-time assistant role,” Burford said. “She has a true love for the game and a passion for teaching. She hates to lose more than she loves to win and I am thrilled to have her take over as our defensive coach. She was one of the best defensive players to put on a Samford jersey and was part of the coaching staff that won the regular season and SoCon Tournament title back in 2016. She is a person who has shown the ability to transfer her success as a player to teaching as a coach.”
Adams served as a volunteer assistant coach at Samford during the 2017 season. During the season, she managed the infield and assisted with hitting instruction. In addition to her coaching duties, she also assisted with all aspects of team travel. During the 2016 Southern Conference Championship season, Adams worked as a student assistant coach.