Natalie Poole

Head Coach

 

Head coach Natalie Poole enters her eighth season at the helm of the University of Memphis softball program and 18th year overall as a head coach. In her head coaching tenure, she has compiled a 490-518 overall record and has guided two teams to the NCAA Regionals.

 

The 2018 season proved to be a continuation of the upward climb of the past two years. Records continued to be broken, milestones continued to be set, and accolades continued to be awarded. Memphis finished the season with a 37-21 record, setting a new benchmark for wins in a season. Led by senior shortstop Kyler Trosclair Klatt, the Tigers also set records for team batting average (.308), hits (468), runs scored (288), and RBI (260).

 

Under Poole’s tutelage, Trosclair Klatt set plenty of her own records, including career hits (249), career stolen bases (78), and career runs scored (138). Trosclair Klatt was a two-time All-Conference performer, earning First-Team in 2017 and Second-Team in 2018.

 

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Andy Lott

Associate Head Coach

 

Andy Lott is in his eighth season with the University of Memphis. After spending five years as an assistant coach under head coach Natalie Poole at Memphis, McNeese State and Georgia Southern, Lott was elevated to associate head coach at Memphis in 2013.

 

A native of Chesapeake, Va., Lott spends the majority of his time at Memphis working with the infield as well as helping the staff oversee hitting. More specifically, Lott spends time working with the slap hitters and led two of them to first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors in 2017.

 

The 2018 season proved to be a continuation of the upward climb of the past two years. Records continued to be broken, milestones continued to be set, and accolades continued to be awarded. Memphis finished the season with a 37-21 record, setting a new benchmark for wins in a season. Led by senior shortstop Kyler Trosclair Klatt, the Tigers also set records for team batting average (.308), hits (468), runs scored (288), and RBI (260).

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Helen Peña

Assistant Coach

 

Helen Peña begins her second season as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis softball program in 2018-19. Peña, a graduate of Cal Poly with six years of collegiate coaching experience, joined the Tigers after two seasons at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif.

 

Peña’s first season with the Tigers was one to remember, as she helped coach one of the all-time pitching greats at Memphis. Molly Smith’s illustrious career was capped with career-bests in innings pitched (222.1), strikeouts (220), ERA (1.98) and wins (25). Under Peña’s tutelage, Smith earned Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference honors in 2018. The senior ended her career with the most strikeouts (498), wins (50) and shutouts (19) in a Memphis career.

 

Peña also saw the development of pitcher Mariah Nichols, who joined the program in 2018. As a freshman, Nichols posted 11 wins, 10 complete games, and tied the school record with three saves during the season. With Peña’s coaching, Nichols recorded 74 strikeouts and held opponents to a .250 batting average.

 

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Jordan Richwood

Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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