Southeastern Earns Central Region Coaching Staff Honor

Southeastern's coaching staff of head coach Ron Faubion, assistant Courtne St. Clair and graduate assistant Paige Priest have been named the Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association following the 2014 season.

The honor comes after SE advanced to its first national finals appearance where it finished fourth and finished with a No. 4 ranking in the final NFCA poll of the year.

The Savage Storm finished the year with a 45-20 record that included a regular season Great American Conference championship, a Central Region championship after surviving a regional in Mankato, Minn. as the No. 7 seed and a super-regional series against Augustana at Sioux Falls, S.D.

SE also featured the league's Player of the Year in Jessica Simmons, Pitcher of the Year in Mindy McElroy and Coach of the Year in Faubion, along with six All-GAC honorees, five all-region honorees and an All-American award for Simmons.

This season was Faubion's 15th at the helm of the Storm where he has piled up a 630-259 record, with a 751-299 record overall at the collegiate level.

He has taken home Conference Coach of the Year honors six time in his time at Southeastern, four in the Lone Star Conference and back-to-back in the GAC.

St. Clair joined the softball coaching staff in the fall of 2012. She was promoted to full time assistant a year later.

In two seasons as an assistant the Storm have piled up a 90-29 record with a pair of regular season league titles and one postseason title, with back-to-back regional appearances, including the one that led to this season's postseason run.

She is a native of Duncan, Okla., who moved to the coaching staff after completing her playing career in an SE uniform.

Priest joined the Southeastern coaching staff in fall of 2013.

She makes the move after completing her playing career for the Savage Storm following the 2013 season.

Priest, a native of La Porte, Texas, was a mainstay in centerfield for the Storm, earning all-Great American Conference honors.


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