In 2008, Pickett will continue to work closely with the hitters and outfielders. Last season, the Tigers finished fifth in Conference USA with a .265 batting average and fourth with a .348 on-base percentage. The team led the league in hits and finished fourth in home runs with 47, 14 more than the previous season. The team's 0.77 home runs per game average ranked 63rd nationally and its 1.23 doubles per game average ranked 76th.
The 2007 Memphis outfield combined for 13 assists and committed just 10 errors in 209 chances, while compiling a .952 fielding percentage.
"Donald has an amazing reputation in the softball world; in both the state of Tennessee and also throughout the country," said Memphis head coach Windy Thees. "Our players benefit from the offensive knowledge he brings to our program."
Pickett joined the Tiger staff after spending eight seasons as a member of Frank Reed's coaching staff, most recently serving five years as an assistant at UT-Chattanooga. A native of Chattanooga, Pickett previously worked three seasons at Chattanooga State with Reed before following his mentor to UTC.
With the Lady Mocs, Pickett coached the infielders and hitters. The team ranked in the top 10 nationally by the NCAA for fielding percentage four times during his stint with the program. While at Chattanooga, the program won two regular season Southern Conference season titles, three conference tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament three times, posting an overall record of 210-126.
Pickett served as an assistant coach during Reed's final three seasons at Chattanooga State. While with the Lady Tigers, the program captured three region championships, three state championships and advanced three times to the national junior college tournament. The Lady Tigers finished in the top-five in all three years. Pickett helped CSTCC go 62-3 in 2001, and the team's three-year record was 151-27.
In 2002, Pickett and the Chattanooga State softball team were inducted into the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2000, Reed's staff at Chattanooga State was honored as the National Fastpitch Coaching Staff of the Year.
A graduate of UT-Chattanooga, Pickett received his degree in exercise science and leisure. The 29-year old is married to the former Paige Cochrane.