Putting together one of the finest years in East Texas Baptist University softball, the staff of head coach Janae Shirley and assistant coaches Bill Galloway and Guy Shirley were awarded the NFCA West Region award for staff of the year. This is the second time in five years that Shirley’s staff has received this award also winning the award in 2010.
Shirley and her staff guided ETBU to a program best 45 wins and to the Tyler Regional and Marshall Super Regional Championships. Her team earned a berth to their second-ever NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament where they finished in fifth place. ETBU also produced a program best 20-game winning streak this year and had nine players named All-ASC
ETBU was also ranked in the NFCA’s top 10 the entire season finishing as the fourth ranked team in the nation. They have now been ranked for 25 straight weeks. Under Shirley, ETBU has made the NCAA Tournament in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 winning the national championship in 2010. She has a 21-10 record in the NCAA Tournament and is 5-2 in the championship tournament.