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Nip Anderson

West Virginia State University Athletic Director Nate Burton announced Nip Anderson as the Interim Head Softball Coach on July 28, 2020. Anderson joined the WVSU softball coaching staff in 2004 as an assistant coach and remained with the program ever since.


"Nip has been a part of our softball program for nearly 20 years and has played an integral role in building and maintaining a successful program," stated Burton. "We have great confidence that he will continue the positive momentum we have experienced over the last few years."


Anderson brings a total of 20 years of experience in coaching at the collegiate level to the table with his appointment as Interim Head Coach at West Virginia State. In addition to the 17 years that he's been at WVSU, Anderson had a three-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Charleston under then Head Softball Coach Karen Pauley.


Anderson was a member of coaching staffs at West Virginia State that won two WVIAC Tournament Championships, a Mountain East Conference Tournament Championship, and a MEC Regular Season Title. The Yellow Jackets won their first WVIAC Softball Championship after defeating West Virginia Wesleyan, 5-4, back in 2008. The next WVIAC Softball Championship came in 2013 when WVSU defeated Fairmont State, 4-1, in a winner-take-all second round game. More recently, West Virginia State captured its first MEC Tournament Championship in 2018 and followed it up with its first MEC Regular Season Title in 2019.


Prior to moving up to the collegiate ranks, Anderson was a successful little league softball coach. He coached various age groups to 10 State Championships in just 11 seasons. He also coached the first softball team from the state of West Virginia to qualify for the Little League World Series.

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Allison Rager

West Virginia State University Athletic Director Nate Burton announced Allison Rager as the Assistant Softball Coach on July 28, 2020. Rager is an Elkview, W.Va. native that played softball at Herbert Hoover High School before going on to compete at NCAA Division I Morehead State for three seasons and DII Carson-Newman University for her senior year.


"[Allison] is very knowledgeable in the game of softball," said Interim Head Coach Nip Anderson. "She will have a big impact on our pitchers from day one."


Rager was named First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State in all four of her years at Herbert Hoover. When she was named Player of the Year by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association in 2014, she recorded a .500 batting average, .564 on-base percentage, 53 runs, 20 doubles and 10 home runs while managing a 24-5 record, 0.95 ERA and 178 strikeouts in the circle.


Rager went on to play for D-I Morehead State after high school and made an immediate impact during her freshman campaign. She was named to the All-OVC Newcomer Team in addition to being selected for the All-OVC Tournament Team after allowing only three runs in 19.1 innings pitched. She was also named OVC Pitcher of the Week after throwing shutouts versus UT Martin and Southeast Missouri.


As a sophomore, Rager was selected First-Team All-OVC and named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. She was also named OVC Player of the Week after hitting .467 (7-for-15) with three home runs.


In her junior season, Rager played in 51 games with 50 starts, including 20 starts in the circle. She finished the year with a .262 batting average and posted a 10-10 pitching record with a 2.85 ERA.


Rager transferred to D-II Carson-Newman for her senior year and racked up the accolades. She was named South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-SAC in addition to being selected for the All-SAC Tournament Team, the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association First Team, and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second Team.


Rager graduated from Carson-Newman with a 3.67 cumulative GPA, earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management. She joined the softball coaching staff upon graduation as a Graduate Assistant and Pitching Coach. She was working on a Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing before getting the call up to be a full-time assistant on the West Virginia State coaching staff.

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