William Carey athletics news release
Hattiesburg, Miss. - William Carey University athletic director Steve Knight has announced that Craig Fletcher will be the next head coach for its softball program.
"We are pleased to announce that we have promoted assistant softball coach, Craig Fletcher, to the position of head Softball Coach at WCU," said Knight. "Craig has been a big part of our success during the past decade and deserves this opportunity to lead our program. His expectations, and ours, will be to continue to build upon the success we achieved under Coach Wendy Hogue, both on the field and in the classroom."
Since 2006 Fletcher has served as the Lady Crusaders assistant coach and has helped the Lady Crusaders to the 2012 Southern States Athletic Conference Championship, 2009 and 2010, a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship, a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference West Division titles, six NAIA National Tournament appearances, and has coached thirteen All Americans.
For his efforts during the 2014 season Fletcher was recently named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year. Fletcher was a member of the NFCA/ NAIA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Craig first came to Carey in 1983 and was a four year starter for the Crusader baseball team. He then returned in 1996 as an assistant baseball coach under Coach Bobby Halford. Craig was an assistant baseball and softball coach at Petal High School before returning once again to Carey in 2006 as a part of the softball program.
"I am excited about the opportunity of taking over as head coach," said Fletcher. "I enjoyed the eight years that I worked with Coach Hogue and have tremendous respect for her and the job she did here. I wish her the best and hope that I can lead this team with the same level of character and integrity that she did. This job is about a whole lot more than just softball. I am very humbled and honored by the opportunity."
Last season WCU finished with a record of 52-12, was the runner-up in the 2014 NAIA Softball World Series, and was ranked second in the final NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
William Carey President, Dr. Tommy King, expressed appreciation for the direction that Coach Wendy Hogue and Fletcher has set for the program and commented: "We are confident that Coach Fletcher will adhere to the same high standards of recruiting quality players, providing excellent coaching, and support the players in achieving their academic, as well as athletic potential."
Fletcher succeeds Wendy Hogue who accepted the head coaching position at the University of Southern Mississippi on August 27th.