Windy Thees
Windy Thees

Last College:
Florida State, 1997

Head Coach

Fifth Season

136-137 (5 yrs) Memphis/ 299-229 (10 yrs) Overall


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Hired with the daunting task of starting a softball program from scratch, University of Memphis head coach Windy Thees has stepped up to the challenge. In just five seasons, Thees has built the Tigers into a program that has continued to show it can compete with any team in the country.

Now entering her sixth season in 2011, Memphis looks to continue its growth with a squad that returns eight starters, three pitchers and 16 letterwinners. Six newcomers join Tiger Softball for Coach Thees' sixth season.

In the short six-year history of the Memphis softball program, Thees has compiled a 148-140 (.514) overall record and guided the team to the Conference USA Championship Tournament in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Tigers finished seventh in C-USA in 2010 with a 25-26 overall record and 8-15 mark in league play.

Coach Thees tutored the Tiger pitching staff to seven single-season pitching records in 2010, including ERA (1.97), opponent batting average (.192), most

Carly Hummel highlighted the individual pitching performances with five games of 10 or more strikeouts, including four of the top five strikeout performances in program history. Hummel struck out a school record 15 batters against Alabama State and Mississippi Valley State, respectively. Hummel tossed the third-best strikeout performance against Saint Louis and the fifth-ranked came against Wichita State.

Memphis pitchers tossed six one-hitters in 2010. Hummel threw four one-hitters and combined for another. Lauren Carley threw one and combined for a one-hitter with Hummel.

The 2010 season also saw the Tigers advance to the C-USA Tournament semifinals for the first time in program history after a 5-1 victory over Tulsa in the opening round.

In her five seasons at Memphis, Thees' players have earned eight All-Conference awards, seven all-conference freshman team selections and two NFCA All-South Region selections. This past year, Lelani Barnardino and Vanessa Walle earned Second Team All-Conference USA selection and Carly Hummel was named to the all-conference freshman team.

Thees' players have also found success in the classroom with all 15 of her seniors earning their diploma. In addition, under Thees' tenure the Tigers have earned four CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-District selections, 15 NFCA Scholar Athlete selections and four C-USA All-Academic team selections.

strikeouts per game (6.62), fewest hits allowed (241), fewest home runs allowed (18), fewest runs allowed (130) and fewest earned runs allowed (98).

The softball program has twice produced the U of M's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Former volleyball and softball letterwinner Melissa Nance was the 2008 Memphis nominee and former pitching standout Jenna Kubesch was nominated in 2007. Kubesch also earned one of 12 C-USA Postgraduate Scholarships.

Thees helped Memphis improve its win total by 29 percent in 2007, while losing one game fewer than its inaugural season totals in 2006. The Tigers' power numbers also saw an increase last season with the team finishing fourth in the league in home runs with 47, 14 more than the previous season and a 33 percent increase.

In the Tigers' first C-USA Championship trip, the team defeated third seeded Tulsa, 2-1, in the opening game. Despite only one hit in the game, Memphis scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning with the game-winning run coming home off a suicide squeeze bunt. The Tigers then lost a 1-0 10-inning battle to East Carolina with the Pirates breaking up a perfect game in the ninth.

Memphis reached the league tournament in dramatic fashion in 2007 needing to win its final six conference games of the season to qualify for the event. With a postseason type mentality, Thees guided her Tigers to sweeps over UAB and UCF with all six games decided by a run and two needing walk-off scores in the 11th inning.

In 2006, Thees brought in a squad of newcomers and finished above .500 with a 28-26 overall record. The Tigers earned a 19-0 victory in its inaugural debut against Grambling State and went on to a 5-1 start. Narrowly missing one of the six spots in the Conference USA Championship, Memphis finished seventh in the nine-team conference with a 10-13 record.

On January 6, 2005, University of Memphis Director of Athletics R.C. Johnson announced Thees as the head coach of the new intercollegiate softball program. Thees and her inaugural squad began competition in the 2006 season in C-USA.

Thees came to Memphis from Georgia College & State University where she had been the head softball coach and SWA since the fall of 1999. She led the Division II school, located in Milledgeville, Ga., to a runner-up finish in the 2003 Division II National Championship. Her teams set nearly every pitching, defensive, and offensive record at GCSU during her five years as head coach, and in doing so, helped Thees compile a record of 163-92 (.639).

During the aforementioned 2003 season, Thees was named the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, the South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, as well as the Georgia Collegiate Coach of the Year. Thees' student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom as her team posted better than a 3.0 grade point average in each semester during her last four years at GCSU with nearly a 100 percent graduation rate. Following her team's 2003 season, Thees was selected as a member of the coaching staff of the Russian National Softball team and helped lead the team to a Silver Medal in the European Championships, the highest-ever finish for Russia in an international softball event.

The Thees Family

Prior to her tenure at GCSU, Thees served as an assistant softball coach and wellness coordinator at Lake City Community College in Lake City, Fla., from 1998-99. LCCC was ranked No. 1 in the national poll during both the 1998 and 1999 seasons and placed second at the JUCO National Championships in 1999.

Thees was a four-year starter at both catcher and second base at Florida State from 1993-97. She helped lead the Seminoles to three ACC Championships and made the All-ACC Tournament Team twice, including once as a freshman. Thees was voted the team's Most Inspirational Player all four seasons, and served as a team captain her senior year in 1997. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing and multinational business from FSU in 1997 and also holds her master's degree in business administration from GCSU, which she earned in 2002.

A native of Mesa, Ariz., Thees and her husband Michael have seven-year-old twin daughters, Megan Jo and Alexandria.

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