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Coach Russell enters her twenty second yr as head coach of the Woman Flames. Her tenure ranks No. 1 on all the Lee athletic teaching workers. She has confirmed to be a winner, identical to she was as a record-setting pitcher for the Lee College softball workforce 25 seasons in the past. She holds a Bachelor of Arts diploma in Psychology from Lee, in addition to a Grasp of Arts in Instructing from Lee. Already the winningest coach within the historical past of Lee softball, Coach Russell reached a significant milestone in her profession on April 15 when the Woman Flames defeated longtime rival Union College 7-0 for her 700th win. Her total file stands at 704 wins in opposition to 403 defeats and one tie. She has directed her groups to 6 seasons of 40 or extra wins, two of these with greater than 50 wins. The 2023 yr noticed her workforce drop a number of video games within the final innings and end the season at 15-34. A pair of promising sophomores obtained honors. Sidney Lee earned a spot on the All-GSC workforce for the second consecutive yr and Ana Macha obtained the identical reward. In reality, there have been solely three seniors on the 2023 roster. The 2022 membership accomplished the season with a 29-23 file and have been 17-12 in opposition to rugged Gulf South Convention opponents. The Woman Flames made their deepest run-ever within the GSC event, falling to Alabama Huntsville within the semifinal spherical. Taylor De Adder and Sidney Lee earned spots on the NCAA DII All-South Area and All-GSC groups whereas Javaria Smith was named the GSC Freshman of the 12 months. She was joined on the All-GSC workforce by Nyah Vogel and Bre Patton. The Woman Flames completed the 2021 season with a 17-23 total mark and 14-16 in GSC play. Kayla Louie and Taylor De Adder have been named All-GSC Second Crew. The 2020 season out of the blue ended when the NCAA ordered play halted as a result of Covid19 virus. The season closed with the Woman Flames holding a 13-10 total mark and standing 4-5 within the Gulf South Convention standing. In 2019 her Woman Flames have been pressured to battle an uncommon variety of accidents to key gamers and completed at 22-31 total and 10-19 in Gulf South Convention play. Throughout the 2018 yr her membership posted a 28-28 mark. In 2017, Russell’s membership ended with a 36-20 mark and superior all the best way to the NCAA South Tremendous Regional earlier than falling to No. 5 and fellow Gulf South Convention member West Florida. It was the primary journey to the NCAA Championship stage in program historical past. The Woman Flames ended the record-setting season ranked No. 15 within the ultimate NFCA High 25 ballot, marking their first ever NCAA rating. Lee gained the South Area 2 Bracket with three straight victories over GSC rivals. The Woman Flames defeated Alabama Huntsville (7-4) and defending nationwide champion North Alabama twice (4-2, 3-2) to advance on as one of many ultimate 16 groups within the NCAA D2 Nationwide Event. In 2015 the Woman Flames completed 36-19 and 18-11 within the Gulf South Convention. Lee gained the NCCAA Mid-East Area Event and completed third on the NCCAA World Collection. For the third straight yr Russell coached the nationwide participant of the yr as Kaylie Drew gained the dignity (NCCAA) after smashing 18 dwelling runs for the Woman Flames. Russell led the Woman Flames into NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Convention in 2014. Lee completed with a file of 25-24 and had a convention mark of 13-14. Russell coached the NCCAA Participant of the 12 months in Ana Coscorrosa. The facility hitting Venezuelan set faculty profession marks in batting common (.451), RBI (231) and hits (275). In 2010, Russell’s Woman Flames earned a 57-5 file, ending because the Southern States Athletic Convention (SSAC) common season and event champions, on their option to a No. 2 NAIA Nationwide Rating. That very same yr, the Lee women additionally competed within the NAIA Nationwide Event for the primary time since 2007, their sixth journey total. For his or her excellent season, Coach Russell was named the SSAC Coach of the 12 months. Russell directed the Woman Flames to the SSAC common season and event crowns in 2006, ending the season with a glowing file of 55-14. The 2005 Woman Flames completed second within the SSAC common season, third within the SSAC event, and fourth within the NAIA Area XIII Event. In 2004, Coach Russell led her workforce to the college’s first TranSouth Event Championship, an NAIA Area XI championship, and this system’s third journey to the NAIA Nationwide Event. For his or her success, Russell and her workers have been named the 2004 NAIA-Softball Coaches Affiliation’s Teaching Employees of the 12 months. Whereas pitching at Lee, Russell hurled a tremendous 305 innings in the course of the 2000 season. She struck out 194 hitters in these 305 innings, at the moment a college file. After her taking part in days for the Woman Flames, she traveled to Europe and pitched professionally for 2 summers. The Lee coach makes her dwelling in Cleveland and is married to Sean Russell. The couple has two sons, Tyson, and Carson. RUSSELL SEASON-BY-SEASON

12 months

Faculty

File

Nationwide Event Appearances

2003

Lee College

37-17

NAIA Area Event

2004

Lee College

33-27

NAIA Nationwide Event

2005

Lee College

41-14

NAIA Area Event

2006

Lee College

55-14

NAIA Nationwide Event

2007

Lee College

43-16

NAIA Nationwide Event

2008

Lee College

32-22

NAIA Area Event

2009

Lee College

39-14

2010

Lee College

57-5

NAIA Nationwide Event

2011

Lee College

26-16

2012

Lee College

48-11

NAIA Nationwide Event

2013

Lee College

47-11

NAIA Nationwide Event

2014

Lee College

25-24

2015

Lee College

36-19

NCCAA World Collection

2016

Lee College

25-24-1

2017

Lee College

36-20

NCAA Tremendous Regional

2018

Lee College

28-28

2019 Lee College 22-31 2020 Lee College 13-10 2021 Lee College 17-23 2022 Lee College 29-23 2023 Lee College 15-34 Complete 704-403-1 At Lee 704-403-1

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