UMKC reached an agreement with the city in the fall of 2011 to play its softball games at the Missouri 3&2 Complex. Since its first season there in the spring of 2012, UMKC has added a new scoreboard and re-furbished the fences around the game field. read more
Meredith Smith Neal
Now in her ninth season as the head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, head coach Meredith Smith Neal has transformed the UMKC softball program into a formidable contender in the Western Athletic Conference and beyond, becoming one of sport’s up-and-comers in the process.
Under Smith Neal, Kansas City clinched its fourth consecutive postseason appearance in 2014, qualifying for the WAC Tournament with a 7-8 conference record. The ‘Roos won 20-or-more games for the fourth time in the past five seasons — a feat UMKC accomplished just once in the six years prior to Smith Neal’s arrival.
In 2008, UMKC finished with an 8-31 overall record, doubling its win total from 2007 despite fielding a team with nine freshmen. The .205 winning percentage was the program’s best since 2003, and the modest improvement was the start of a four-year run of increased victory totals.
Smith Neal stands as the program’s all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 139-219 (.388).
Natalie Brock became the ‘Roos softball assistant coach in June of 2012
A Brentwood, Tenn., native, Brock played two seasons of softball at the University of Tennessee. During her tenure, the Lady Vols won a Southeastern Conference Championship and made back-to-back Women’s College World Series appearances.
Her coaching career began in 2009 when she served as the head softball coach at the Battle Ground Academy. She moved on to the University of Mary after one year, serving two seasons as a graduate assistant coach. She holds a master’s degree in education.