Mix of returners and newcomers make up the pitching and catching staffs
With 24 days until season opener, Tigers get back to work
January 24 and 31
Two players from Tennessee will join Tiger program
Memphis to play 12 new opponents, host tournament
Natalie Poole sits down with Jeff Brightwell to talk about the 2013 C-USA Softball Championships this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team takes on the No. 2 seed Houston in the first round tomorrow at 11:00 AM.
Jeff Brightwell sits down with softball head coach Natalie Poole to discuss last week's series against Houston including the senior class and the team's progress this season. They also take a look at the team's final regular season games this week.
Episode 79: Jeff Brightwell sits down with softball head coach Natalie Poole and recaps the team's trip to ECU last weekend and preview their midweek game with Middle Tennessee and final home series against Houston this weekend.
Episode 75: Jeff Brightwell sits down with head softball coach Natalie Poole to discuss the team's series against the UCF Knights last weekend as well as preview their upcoming games against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday and series at ECU this weekend.
Episode 74: Jeff Brightwell sits down with softball head coach Natalie Poole and recaps the Tigers' big sweep of CUSA foe, Southern Miss over the weekend. Memphis put up 34 runs in the three game series. Brightwell and Poole also discuss the teams' upcoming series against UCF, as the Tigers host the knights at the Tigers Softball Complex.
Memphis vs USF in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Houston, Texas on May 8, 2014,
Memphis Softball vs Louisville on May 4, 2014 at the Tigers Softball Complex. Senior Day. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis vs Alcorn State in a doubleheader on April 23, 2014 at the Tigers Softball Complex. Photos by Joe Murphy.
Memphis softball vs Temple on April 5, 2014 at the Tigers Softball Complex. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis Softball vs Austin Peay in a doubleheader on April 2, 2014. Photos by Joe Murphy
Natalie Poole is in her third season as the head coach at the University of Memphis. In 12 years as a head coach, Poole has compiled a 352-372 career record and guided two teams to the NCAA Regionals. Poole leads the 2013-14 Memphis softball program into its first season as members of the American Athletic Conference.
In 2012, her first season at Memphis, Poole led the Tigers to a 20-37 overall record and an 8-16 Conference USA mark. During that season, she guided junior third baseman Laura Curtis to All-Conference USA second team honors, while freshman pitcher Jordan Richwood was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. In the middle of April, Poole and the Tigers won seven-consecutive games as the team put up wins against Alcorn State, UTEP and Louisiana-Monroe. The seven-straight wins was the fourth-best winning streak in school history.
Last season, the Tigers finished 24-36 with an 8-16 mark in conference play. Poole led the Tigers to a first place finish at the 2013 Blues City Classic in February, and three tigers earned all-conference honors.
Redshirt senior outfielder Lelani Bernadino was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team after hitting .307 with 58 hits and 17 stolen bases. Freshman Hannah Harrell was named to the Conference USA All-Rookie Team after finishing the 2013 season with a .267 average, and a team-leading .419 average during conference play.
After earning all-conference honors in 2012, Curtis made the 2013 Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team. The senior posted a 3.61 GPA in the exercise and sport science program at Memphis.
Poole, 37, became the program's second head coach in 2012 after spending three seasons leading the helm at McNeese State. She guided the Cowgirls to three-straight 30-win seasons, including a school-record 38 wins in 2010. Poole led McNeese State to two Southland Conference (SLC) Tournament championship games, winning the tournament title in 2010 and advancing to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Poole compiled a 100-84 overall record and went 55-35 in conference play during the three years.
Poole was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year in her first season at McNeese State in 2009 after leading the Cowgirls to a second-place finish in the league. The team finished the year with a 31-28 record, marking the Cowgirls' first winning season in 11 years.
In her three years at McNeese State, 20 players earned All-Southland Conference honors. In 2011, outfielder Claire Terracina became the first Cowgirl since 2008 selected to the All-SLC first team. In addition, Alanna DiVittorio was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association co-Freshman of the Year in 2011.
Poole led McNeese State to a 31-29 record in 2011 and a third-place finish at the Southland Conference Tournament. Seven players were named to both the All-SLC and All-Louisiana teams.
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Poole served as the head coach for seven seasons at Georgia Southern, where she compiled a 212-215 career record. The Eagles went 71-53 in the Southern Conference under Poole's tutelage and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2006. She was named the SoCon Coach of the Year in 2002, her first year as a head coach.
During her time at Georgia Southern, the Eagles had just one losing conference season and finished outside the top-four only once. The program set more than 15 single-season records, and four of the top six all-time home run seasons came in Poole's tenure.
She coached the 2006 and 2008 SoCon Players of the Year and three SoCon Freshmen of the Year. During her time with Georgia Southern, 17 players earned All-SoCon honors, including a school-record eight in 2008. In 2006, Poole led Georgia Southern to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the SoCon Tournament with six-straight victories. The SoCon title was just the second in school history.
The Eagles nearly repeated as SoCon champions in 2007, falling in the conference tournament championship game.
Poole began her collegiate coaching career at McNeese State. She joined the Cowgirls staff as a graduate assistant in 1998 and served as an assistant coach from 1999-2001.
As a college athlete, Poole was a standout catcher for McNeese State from 1994-97. She was a three-time All-Southland Conference pick (1995-97) and a two-time All-South Region selection (1996-97). Poole also earned All-Louisiana honors in 1996. As a freshman, she helped the Cowgirls to a Southland Conference title and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance. Poole was named McNeese State's Most Valuable Player her senior year and concluded her playing career with a .296 batting average.
In the classroom, Poole was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VI selection (1995-97) and was a 1997 Academic All-American. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in painting from McNeese State in 1998 and earned her master's degree in instructional technology from the school in 2000.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Poole was married to Buddy Glover II in June of 2012. She has one daughter, Isabella Grace, and two stepdaughters, Baleigh and Ryleigh Glover, and a stepson, Layne Glover.