Towson University

Towson University Softball
Towson Center, Room 126 - 7500 Osler Dr Towson, MD 212520001
Division 1 Maryland Northeast
Public Large National competitor

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Lisa Costello

Lisa Costello enters her 23rd season at the helm of the Towson University softball program. With 652 victories, she is one of the best collegiate coaches in the country. Under her guidance, Costello has transformed Towson into one of the top programs in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).


Costello has guided the Tigers to five appearances in the CAA and two in the America East championship game. Overall, Towson has participated in the CAA tournament 12 times. Towson enters the 2018 season having won at least 20 games in 20 consecutive seasons. The Tigers have enjoyed nine 30-win seasons under Costello, including 2015 and 2016,


Among the highlights of the 2017 for Costello and the Tigers was earning her 650th career contest, a 4-2 victory over UNCW. The Tigers finished among the top half of the CAA in several offensive categories. Towson was second in home runs (48) and slugging percentage (.450), and fourth in batting average (.283), runs scored (237) and RBI's (212).


Individually, Towson had junior Kendyl Scott and senior Holiday Cahill named to the All-CAA team. In addition to being a first-team All-CAA selection, Scott was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team.


The Tigers advanced to the CAA Championship game for the second time in three years under Costello after a successful 2016 season that saw the Tigers win 37 games. Costello also earned her 600th career victory during the season. Towson finished second in the CAA after being picked fifth in the preseason poll.


The Tigers finishing among the nation's elite in several offensive categories in 2016. In addition, sophomores Brook Miko and Shelby Stracher were also among the top 50 nationally in many individual statistical categories.


The Tigers, who slugged a single-season program record 70 homers, was 10th nationally in home runs per game (1.30). Towson was also 19th in slugging percentage (.514), 26th in scoring (6.02) and 33rd in winning percentage (.685). The Tigers also finished the season leading the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in those categories. Towson reached double digits in runs scored 12 times and scored at least six runs in a game 29 times.


Stracher was 17th nationally in sacrifice flies (five), 26th in RBIs per game (1.06), 42nd in home runs (15) and 47th in home runs per game (0.28). She led the CAA in RBIs (57), home runs (15), total bases (119) and slugging percentage (.750). Meanwhile, Miko was 44th in doubles per game (0.31) and 49th in RBIs per game (1.00).


The 2015 season was a successful one for the Tigers as they produced their eighth 30-win season under Lisa Costello. The Tigers overcame a tough start to the conference after dropping their first six games to qualify for the CAA tournament. Towson won 10 of its final 14 CAA games.


In addition, the Tigers enjoyed some individual accolades as Holiday Cahill set the single-season home run record with 13. Cahill was selected to the All-CAA first team, while Olivia Yarbrough and Missy McCormick were named to the second team. Brook Miko and Shelby Stracher were each chosen for the all-rookie team.


In 2014, Costello led the Tigers to their 10th Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament appearance. Towson finished as the CAA Runner Up, its highest postseason finish since 2009 when the Tigers finished in second-place.


The season was highlighed by Missy McCormick who pitched the first perfect game in school history (April 10 vs. Temple). The Tigers finished the regular sesason with a 29-25 record, their third-straight winning record. Towson had the CAA Leader in four statistical categories; Olivia Yarbrough in runs scored (45), Missy McCormick in RBIs (53) and home runs (12), Maureen Hepner in total bases (103) and home Runs (12).


The 2013 season was a memorable one for Costello, as a career milestone was acheived by the long-time Tiger coach. On February 8, 2013, the Tigers’ 7-5 victory over Ohio gave Costello the 500th win of her career. In addition, Costello saw outstanding pitching from senior Katie Lingmai, who finished her career as the Towson career leader in innings, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts. Lingmai struck out 721 batters in her career while going 18-16 in her last season with 25 complete games and six shutouts.


In 2012, Towson was led by Lingmai who set the school’s all-time and single-season strikeout record. She became the first pitcher in school history to strikeout 200 or more batters in a season (203). She broke the school’s all-time strikeout mark and finished the season with 524. The Tigers were led offensively by freshman shortstop Hailey Balk, whose 57 base hits were tied for the ninth-most in a single season at Towson.


Although the 2011 Tigers fell just short of 30 wins, the team advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. In addition to coaching the team to the school’s single-season stolen bases record with 71, Costello saw outfielders Erika Stasch and Rachel Miller earn First Team All-CAA honors and pitcher Katie Lingmai second team honors.


The 2010 Tigers advanced to the CAA Championship Tournament for the third straight year while five Tigers earned All-CAA honors, including Stef Streets, who knocked in 116 runs during her career.


The 2009 Tigers came within one win of the CAA Championship, falling to James Madison in the championship game. Costello had five players earn All-CAA honors that season. In addition, she earned the 400th win of her career against La Salle in April.


After enduring their first losing season in eight years in 2007, the Tigers bounced back in a big way in 2008. Costello’s crew posted a 37-26 mark and made it back to the CAA Tournament. Along the way, the Tigers set several school records and five Tigers earned All-CAA honors for their play. Towson finished third in the CAA Tournament in 2008


In 2007, the Tigers faced a very difficult schedule and finished the year with a 25-31 record. Despite their losing record, the Tigers remained in contention for a berth in the CAA Tournament until the final game of the year.


The 2006 season saw Costello lead a very young Tiger team to a 33-28 record, the eighth straight 30-win season. However, they failed to qualify for the CAA Tournament. It marked the first time since 1998 that Towson did not qualify for its post-season conference tournament.


Although they came up short in their bid to earn a post-season tournament appearance, the Tigers came on strong in the final weeks of the season. After starting their CAA schedule with a 1-5 record, the Tigers rallied to win 8 of 14 CAA games before they were eliminated on the final weekend of the season when Hofstra failed to beat Delaware.


On April 11, 2006, the Tiger coach earned another individual milestone when Towson beat Mount St. Mary’s for her 300th career victory. Costello was honored as the CAA Coach of the Year in 2005 after leading the Tigers to a 38-19 record, setting a school record for wins in a season. Costello was honored as the winner of the Towson University Coach of the Year award for women’s sports in 1999.


The team has shown tremendous growth under the guidance of Costello. The first full-time softball coach that the program has known, Coach Costello became the Tigers’ head coach in 1996 after serving as an assistant coach to Elayne Lucas for two seasons.


During her two years as an assistant coach, Towson was one of the top teams in the Big South Conference. In 1994, Towson had its second straight 20-win season with a 21-9 mark. In 1995, Towson set a school record for victories with its 28-16 record. When Coach Lucas retired at the end of the season, Coach Costello was named as her replacement.


Prior to coming to Towson, she served as the assistant coach at Rider University in New Jersey for three years. At Rider, she helped the Broncs win the 1990 East Coast Conference title as well as the ECAC Championship. She was also the Director of Intramurals at Rider for one year.


A native of Vineland, N.J., Coach Costello played three years of college softball at Trenton State College in New Jersey. She played one year at the University of Iowa as a freshman. While at Trenton, she was a member of the 1987 and 1989 NCAA Division III championship teams and earned second team All-America honors. As a senior, she was the captain of the Lions’ national championship team. She earned her B.S. degree in exercise physiology/physical education from Trenton State in 1990. She earned her Master’s degree in liberal studies/sports administration from Towson in 1995.


Her 1987 NCAA Division III championship softball team was inducted into The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State) Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Jessie Hutchens

Jessie Hutchens enters her second year as a member of the Towson staff. Hutchens will have primary responsibilities working with the Tiger defense.


Hutchens joined the Towson staff after spending the last two years as an assistant coach at Valdosta State where she helped the Blazers enjoy consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.


Some of her roles at Valdosta State included serving as a specialist for infield, hitting and base-running. Hutchens created, organized and ran kids and prospect camps, provided game strategy, served as a first-base coach and implemented and devised coaching duties for travel.


A graduate of Radford University, Hutchens enjoyed a decorated career. She finished third all-time at Radford in home runs (33), eighth in slugging percentage (.509) and ninth in RBIs (118). Hutchens was named a first team Big South Conference selection, to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region team and Virginia SID (VaSID) All-State University Division Softball First Team.


In addition to leading Radford to a pair of Big South Conference regular season championships, Hutchens was also a three-time member of the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll and a two-time member of the Radford Dean’s List.


Hutchens enjoyed a memorable senior season as she powered her way into the RU record by matching the school record and tying for the Big South's home run title with 18, while posting the program's second-best RBI total (49) and slugging percentage (.750). She ranked among the NCAA leaders in home runs per game (11th), total long balls (tied for 16th) and slugging percentage (37th).


Hutchens, who earned her Master’s degree in communications from Valdosta State, also served as a part-time assistant coach for Judson (Ill.) University.

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Michele Hawkins

Michele Hawkins is entering her first year as an assistant coach.


Hawkins comes to Towson from Coastal Carolina where she served as the director of operations last season. She will work with the Tiger pitching staff.


Hawkins brings many years of experience to the Tigers on and off the softball field. Prior to joining Coastal Carolina, Hawkins spent several years focusing her attention on working with student-athletes who have dreams of playing college softball. Hawkins refined a college bound athlete program, based out of a facility in her home town of San Diego and then nationally for a large travel club, where she worked with individual softball athletes and their families to help them find the perfect fit for their future college academic and athletic career.


Hawkins is familiar with the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2010, she joined the coaching staff of the University of Delaware as an assistant coach. Delaware finished in the top three of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) both years that Hawkins was on staff. UD pitchers Chenxi Jiao, Amanda Stacevicz, and Hannah Rust all garnered conference accolades.


Prior to her time at UD, Hawkins was on the coaching staff as an assistant coach at Penn State from 2008-2010, coaching stand-out pitchers Jackie Hill and Lisa Akamine to All-Big Ten accolades.


Hawkins coached at Emory University in 2006. In her year with the Eagles, she was part of the NFCA Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year, and helped the team to a fifth place finish in the NCAA Division III World Series. In addition, two of her pitchers went on to earn selection to the All-Atlantic Region team.


Hawkins' collegiate career was spent at Northwestern (1990-1994) where she earned All-Midwest Region twice and was an All-Big Ten selection. In addition, she appears multiple times throughout the Northwestern record book, most notably for wins and shutouts. She also contributed five no-hitters in her time as a Wildcat, three of the five were perfect games. During her time at Northwestern, Hawkins also earned ASA All-American accolades with her ASA Women’s Major Team, Michigan Cruise. As a result, she was invited by the US Olympic Committee to the 1993 Olympic Festival.


After graduating from Northwestern, Hawkins joined the Michigan State staff as the pitching coach from 1994-97. Stacey Smith was her star hurler earning recognition on All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region teams.


From there, Hawkins went back to Chicago, this time as the head coach at the University of Chicago. In her three years she became the winningest coach in Maroons history and still has the highest winning percentage of .648. In addition, she had a Rhodes Scholar in Erin Bohula in 1999.


Following her coaching career at Chicago, Hawkins worked for the International Softball Federation. She traveled overseas working with national teams and developing the sport of softball throughout Europe and the Caribbean.


Hawkins played professionally in both Europe, with the Italian Series “A” program out of Marina di Massa (’96), and then in the US with the WPSL and WPF’s Georgia Pride (`98) and the Durham Dragons (`99). She was named an All-Star both seasons and was the WPF record holder for strikeouts in a game with 17.


Another highlight of her post-collegiate career was when she went on to play in the national tournament for the women's major division of the ASA. Her team placed third in the country while she finished the tournament with a perfect ERA of 0.00. For her efforts, she was named an ASA First Team All-American.


Hawkins earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern in 1994 and her Master of Arts in Community and Agency Counseling from Michigan State in 1999.


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