Head coach Natalie Poole enters her sixth season at the helm of the University of Memphis softball program and 16th year overall as a head coach. In her head coaching tenure, she has compiled a 441-504 overall record and has guided two teams to the NCAA Regionals.
The 2016 season, one with a 26-31 overall record, brought one of the strongest offensive outputs in school history. The Tigers finished the year with the most stolen bases (89), the second-highest batting average (.276), on base percentage (.355), runs scored (249), and third-highest run output in school history. As a redshirt-junior in 2016, Hannah Harrell set the all-time stolen base record at Memphis with 27.
In the first three seasons as a member of the American Athletic Conference, Memphis has improved each season with a fifth-place finish in 2016 was the highest finish to-date. In five years at Memphis, Poole has led six all-conference athletes, 17 NFCA Scholar Athletes and 34 all-academic team members.
Associate Head Coach
Andy Lott is in his sixth 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.
The 2016 season brought one of the strongest offensive outputs in school history. The Tigers finished the year with the most stolen bases (89), the second-highest batting average (.276), on base percentage (.355), runs scored (249), and third-highest run output in school history.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Daniel Stockdale is in his first season with the University of Memphis. He spends the majority of his time helping the staff with development of infielders, catchers, and hitters.
Stockdale most recently served as head baseball coach at NCAA Division II Albany State University (ASU). During his time in Albany, Ga., the Golden Rams went a combined 32-12 in conference play, winning the 2015 SIAC Championship and the 2016 SIAC Regular Season Championship. ASU advanced to the 2015 NCAA DII South Regional Baseball Tournament in Meridian, Miss., for just the second time in school history.
At Albany State, Stockdale’s leadership produced one ABCA/Rawlings All-American, two All-South Region members, and seven all-conference team members. The 2015 team was also ranked No. 4 overall in the NCAA for stolen bases.