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Hofstra Softball Coaches Named Regional Staff Of The Year

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 07/05/2012
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Hempstead, N.Y. - The Hofstra softball staff was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year, the organization announced.

Head coach Bill Edwards, associate head coach Larissa Andersonand assistant coaches Courtney Oliver and Adrienne Clark comprised the Pride staff that guided Hofstra to a 42-15 record and the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Super Regional round.

Edwards has now been named the NFCA Regional Coach of the Year 10 times in his career (1993-95, 1997, 2000, 2003-05, 2007-08, 2012), including six with Anderson on the staff. Other regional winners included Oklahoma, Louisville, Virginia Tech, South Florida, Missouri, University of California, Berkeley, Tennessee and Arizona State. Alabama's coaches were named the national (and Southern Region) staff of the year after leading the Crimson Tide to the national championship.

Hofstra won its ninth Colonial Athletic Association championship in 11 years before knocking off 12-time national champion UCLA  and San Diego State twice to win the Los Angeles Regional.

The Pride set a school record with 21 straight victories, culminating with a Game 1 victory over No. 19 South Florida in Game 1 of the Tampa Super Regional. The Bulls won both Games 2 and 3 by a single run as Hofstra fell one victory shy of reaching the Women's College World Series.

Hofstra finished with a 40-win season for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, including a 22-0 total record against CAA teams en route to the first undefeated conference showing in program history.