University of Montevallo

University of Montevallo Athletics
Palmer Hall, Station 6030 Montevallo, AL 35115
Division 2 Alabama Southeast
Public Small Competitive team


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Lindsay Vanover

Lindsay Vanover was named the first Head Coach in the history of the University of Montevallo softball program Nov. 12, 2013.

Vanover came to Montevallo following a three-year stint as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Dartmouth College.

Vanover, who worked with Dartmouth's pitchers and catchers, helped Dartmouth to 57 wins during her tenure with the Big Green and saw the pitching staff improve from year-to-year.

Dartmouth reached several milestones with Vanover, including defeating perennial Ivy League contender, Harvard, for the first time since 2009. Dartmouth's pitching staff has posted a sub-5.00 ERA in each of her seasons. Vanover coached a pitching staff that pitched the Big Green to the North Division title.

Vanover coached the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in Kristen Rumley. Rumley concluded the 2012 campaign with 151 strikeouts, placing her second all-time on Dartmouth's single season list and marking the first time that a Big Green pitcher has thrown over 100 strikeouts in a season since the 2003 campaign. Rumley twice neared the single-game record with 12 strikeouts, one shy of the record. She earned national recognition with 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings ranking her No. 12 in the country and her 0.97 walks per game were 10th best.

Prior to her arrival at Dartmouth, Vanover was the head coach at Pasadena Memorial High School in Pasadena, Texas. During her four-year tenure, the Mavericks reached the playoffs on numerous occasions, including a run to the regional quarterfinals in 2010.

A catcher in college, Vanover was a four-year letterwinner for the University of Houston softball program. As a member of the Commissioner's Honor Roll in Conference USA, Vanover was given the team's Player's Choice Award and also earned the squad's highest grade-point average. Vanover helped the Cougars advance to the 2003 NCAA Division I Regional Finals and helped the program achieve a four-year record of 140-102 during her career.

Vanover graduated from Diboll High School in 2001, where she was a four-year varsity letterwinner and team captain. Vanover was All-District three years in a row and was named the Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.

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Meghan Collins

Meghan Collins is entering her first season as an assistant coach at the University of Montevallo.

Collins arrives at Montevallo after spending the past two seasons as an assistant for the Southeastern Louisiana University softball team, where she primarily focused on hitting.

Under Collins' tutelage, Southeastern Louisiana finished tied for the national lead with 162 stolen bases and ranked second in NCAA Division I with 2.95 stolen bases per game while also featuring the leader in stolen bases in the Southland Conference.

In her first season with Southeastern Louisiana in 2016, the squad finished atop NCAA Division I with 172 stolen bases, breaking the previous school record by more than 100 stolen bases.

Collins coached four student-athletes who earned All-Southland Conference honors, including the Newcomer of the Year in the conference in 2016. Collins also coached five student-athletes named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar Team.

Collins, a Lacombe, Louisiana native, played collegiately at the University of South Alabama and started at first base all four years under coach Becky Clark. Collins was also a manager and volunteer assistant for the Jaguars for two years following her playing career.

During her years as a Jaguar, she helped lead the team to two Sun Belt Conference Championships and two NCAA Regional Finals, including a regional home berth at Jaguar Field in 2013. The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship was the first in program history.

As a Jaguar, Collins holds program records for most games played (213), most doubles (40), and most walks (102). She holds single season records for highest batting average (.346), on-base percentage (.466) and most home runs (9).

Academically, Collins was a 4-time NFCA Academic All-American, and was on the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List for four straight years. Collins also won the Extra Mile award, which was given to the athlete who most displays hard work, leadership, and goes the extra mile on a daily basis. This award was voted on by her teammates and was given to her following both her freshman and senior seasons.

Collins received her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 2013 and her Masters of Science in 2014 from the University of South Alabama.

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