College of Central Florida

Central Florida Patriots
3001 SW College Rd Ocala, FL 34474
NJCAA Florida Southeast
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Kevin Fagan

2014 NJCAA National Runner-ups

•2014 South Regional Softball Coaching Staff of the Year

•Three-time Mid-Florida Conference Champions (2015, 2016, 2018)

•Three-time Mid-Florida Conference Coach of the Year (2015, 2016, 2018)

•Seven NJCAA All-Americans


Kevin Fagan enters his fifth season as head softball coach at the College of Central Florida. He has produced seven NJCAA All-Americans in his first four seasons at the helm.


In just four seasons as head coach, Fagan has amassed an astounding 214-44 record (79-17 conference record), winning over 80 percent of his games. The two-time Mid-Florida Conference coach of the year has kept the Lady Patriot softball program at the forefront of the national spotlight, ranking Top 10 in NJCAA Division I Poll for seven consecutive weeks during the 2017 season. The Lady Patriots also clinched a state tournament spot for a fourth consecutive year.


Last season, Fagan's line up dominated the state and national stats for yet another year. At the plate, CF's offense finished No. 1 in the state, Top 20 in the nation for most home runs hit (60), most runs scored (471), and most runs batted in (422). Fagan's team finished second in the state in team batting average (.373). Sophomore infielder Destinee Lizzmore led the state in total home runs (17) and RBIs (74), while shortstop Caeley Nix finished with the third-highest batting average in the state (.470).


In the circle, Fagan's pitching staff finished third in the state and fourth in the nation for lowest earned run average (1.58). Freshman Morgan Cushman finished second in the state in total wins, while Lindsay Markham-Rosario finished Top 3 in total saves (4) and Shayne O'Connell finished Top in lowest ERA (1.20) and total strike outs (168).


Eight players on Fagan's 2017 squad received MFC All-Conference honors at the end of the season, while Brooke Barlow was also named to the all-state team.


In 2016, Fagan’s high-powered offense led the state in batting average (.403), home runs (89), and most runs scored (609), while finishing top 3 in the nation in home runs and runs scored, en route to back-to-back conference titles. He surpassed the program's winningest record for a second year in a row by finishing 62-5 (23-1 in conference). NJCAA All-American and FCSAA and MFC Player of the Year Brooke Barlow led the state and nation for most runs batted in (107), becoming just the third player in Region 8 history to drive in 100 or more runs in a single season. In the circle, Fagan’s pitching staff finished No. 1 in the state, top 5 in the nation, for lowest earned run average (1.61). He developed another NJCAA All-American pitcher in current University of South Florida pitcher Kalen McGill, who led all pitchers in the state and nation for lowest earned run average (0.83), while also finishing top in the state and nation for most regular season wins (33). In addition to all-american honors, McGill was also named conference and state pitcher of the year.


At the conclusion of the 2016 season, awards kept rolling in for Fagan’s squad.


In addition to garnering the state and conference player and pitcher of the year, CF also boasted the NFCA Golden Shoe Award winner in Mariah Wise. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding base stealer in the nation from each respective division: NCAA (Div. I, II, III), NAIA, NJCAA (Div. I, II, III), Cal JC, NWAC and high school. As a team, Fagan notched 4 NJCAA All-Americans, seven FCSAA All-State selections, and 11 all-conference honorees.


In his second season, Fagan received the program’s first MFC Coach of the Year award after leading the Lady Patriots to their first-ever MFC title and NJCAA No. 1 ranking that spanned seven weeks. Over the season, CF Softball led the state in runs scored (407) and home runs hit (52), while finishing Top 5 in FCSAA in batting average. He and his pitching staff ranked among the best in the nation in lowest earned run average (ERA), led by state and conference pitcher of the year Holly McKinnon. In total, Fagan notched 11 all-conference players, five FCSAA All-State players and two NJCAA All-Americans (Holly McKinnon and Mariah Wise).


In his first season as head coach, he led the Lady Patriots to a NJCAA No. 2 overall finish, falling to Angelina College in the NJCAA National Championship game. The CF Softball team experienced its then best-ever, overall record under Fagan, finishing 48-15 (18-6 conf.) on the season and No. 2 in the state. They also took down NJCAA No. 1 teams Indian River State College and Arizona Western College en route to their national runner-up finish. Fagan and his coaching staff earned South Regional Softball Coaching Staff of the Year honors as a result of their great success in 2013. Other achievements included producing the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American in Amy Szymanowski, as well as placing two on the FCSAA All-State team and eight on the MFC All-Conference team

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Mike Lingle

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Mike Lingle enters his fifth season as the assistant softball coach and recruiting coordinator for the College of Central Florida softball team.



This past season, Lingle helped lead the Lady Patriots to its first-ever Mid-Florida Conference title and NJCAA No. 1 ranking which spanned seven weeks. He helped surpass the program's winningest record (set last year) by finishing 53-9 (20-4 in conference). Lingle was an integral part of CF's offensive dominance, as well as the development of freshman All-American Mariah Wise. Over the season, CF Softball led the state in runs scored (407) and home runs hit (52), while finishing Top 5 in FCSAA in batting average.



In 2014, Lingle helped lead the Lady Patriots to a NJCAA No. 2 overall finish, falling to Angelina College in the NJCAA National Championship game. The CF Softball team experienced its best-ever, overall record finishing 48-15 (18-6 conf.) on the season. They also took down NJCAA No. 1 teams Indian River State College and Arizona Western College en route to their national runner-up finish. Lingle was part a part of a coaching staff the received South Regional Softball Coaching Staff of the Year honors as a result of their great success in 2013.



In 2012, he helped the program go from 14 wins in a season (2011) to 36 wins. During this time, his recruiting efforts have made CF a common name seen in the JUCO state polls.



Lingle is a graduate of CF and played baseball for the Patriots under the guidance of current CF coach Marty Smith. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from St. Leo University. From there, Lingle has been a part of the Marion County Public Education System for the past 15 years as a teacher at Osceola Middle School.



Prior to coming to CF, Lingle established Ocala Forest High as a perennial softball contender. He lead the Wildcats to six straight postseason berths, collected 131 wins and sent dozens of players on to the collegiate level. While at Forest, Lingle had 17 players earn all-state honors. Aside from coaching at Forest High, Lingle has also spent some time in the travel ball circuit coaching Ocala Gold, where he sent over 30 girls on to colleges, while collecting two state titles, a World Series Championship, and numerous tournament titles.



Aside from coaching and teaching, Coach Lingle enjoys spending time with his wife Laurel and his daughters Lindie and Mahri. Lingle is also an active member of Meadowbrook Church.

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