Texas A&M, Baylor and ASU The Top Softball Colleges in the US

December 7, 2011
by Justin

Welcome back to the Frozen Rope. The Frozen Rope is a college softball blog written by the @HempsteadHuddle, and provided to you by ScoutMe. If you are looking for a great tips, drills and equipment reviews, you’ve came to the right place. Last week’s blog was all about the new line of softball bats for the 2012 season. Volume two, will be all about the top-college, softball programs in the US. These three programs (ASU, Texas A&M and Baylor) are in the top 15 in the country and boast plenty of national notoriety. Two of the universities are in Texas (Texas A&M and Baylor) and one is in Arizona (ASU), two of the top four softball states aside from California and Florida. Here is a look at Texas A&M, Baylor and ASU.

#14 Texas A&M Softball

The Texas A&M Aggies are a perennial powerhouse softball school, and you can attribute that to great recruiting and coaching from Texas A&M head coach, Jo Evans. Evans is a native of Salt Lake City and graduate of Utah University, where she coach softball prior to her 14 year tenure at Texas A&M. She also coaches at Colorado State where she thrived like she has at Texas A&M since 1996. Before Texas A&M, she was no slouch as a player at Utah; Evans earned High Country All-Conference Honors in 1982 as she led the Utes to a World Series appearance. The Texas A&M coach was also named as an ASA All-American in Women’s Class-A Nationals. At Texas A&M, the postseason is a normal end of the season practice. The Texas A&M Aggies have been to the postseason 10 times out of Evans’ 14 years, including two consecutive trips to the Women’s College World Series in 2007-08. If you are interested in playing for Coach Evans and the Texas A&M Aggies, fill out this questionnaire on their athletic website.

#9 Baylor Softball

Another top school in Texas outside of Texas A&M, is Baylor. Baylor may be home to a future Heisman winner, but Baylor also boasts one of the best softball programs in the nation. Baylor’s coaching staff has over 55 years of coaching experience and their head coach, Glenn Moore, is the captain of Baylor’s ship. Moore enters his 11th season at Baylor and his 14th full season as a collegiate softball head coach. Moore, who was hired for the Baylor Lady Bear program in June 2000, begins the 2011 season with a career record of 533-249 (.682), including a 394-207 (.656) record at Baylor. His teams at Baylor and everywhere he’s ever coach have had a winning record in each season of his Division I career. Before Baylor, he coached at LSU and played football in college at Northwest Louisiana. During Moore’s tenure, the Baylor Lady Bears have had 11 Academic All-America honors and 30 players have received National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region honors. In addition, Baylor players have earned 41 all-conference selections during his tenure while numerous Baylor Lady Bears have earned academic all-conference honors. Outside of academic achievement, Baylor University is clearly an academic stronghold. If you are interested in Baylor softball, please feel free to fill out the Baylor Softball questionnaire.

#1 ASU Softball

Even more than Texas A&M and Baylor, ASU softball is know to be synonymous with top tier softball. ASU’s head coach Clint Meyers has brought two national championship trophies to the desert city of Tempe. Tempe is a great college town and ASU is only minutes from major Southwest city, Phoenix. Myers has set ASU and NCAA records to leading the program to a 66-5 record in 2008 and receiving a NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year award. Myers has coached at ASU for only six years, but he is a Junior College Hall of Famer as a head coach at Central Arizona College. Before his years as a coach at CAC and ASU, Myers played high school ball in Southern California before playing at ASU in the 70’s. After three years at ASU he was drafted to the MLB before he began coaching in 1975. If you want to be apart of ASU’s storied legacy, fill out the ASU questionnaire here.

That’s all on our journey to Texas A&M, Baylor and ASU. I hope this information will assist in your recruiting process. Remember to do your own research so that you can figure out what school or division suites your talent; ASU, Baylor and Texas A&M are just three of over a hundred great programs that are available. Be sure to continue to hit the cages and practice because there is nothing that takes the place of great technique and hours of hard work. Check back next week for another installment. Until the next time, this is your favorite softball blog, The Frozen Rope, and this is Yorick Hempstead signing off.

 

 

Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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