Coy Adkins | Assistant Coach
Coy Adkins was named assistant coach for the Southern Miss softball team by head coach Wendy Hogue in June of 2015. Adkins joined the Golden Eagles' staff after stops at Southeastern Conference schools Arkansas and Florida, and will serve as the Southern Miss pitching coach.
Immediately prior to joining the Southern Miss staff, Adkins was an assistant at Mena High School in Mena, Ark. He helped the Ladycat softball team to the 2015 4A State Championship with a 27-3 overall record. MHS posted a 19-3 regular season record with an undefeated 7-0 conference record. The Ladycats claimed the 2015 District Tournament Championship as well as the 2015 Regional Championship.
At the collegiate level, Adkins worked at the University of Arkansas from 2011 to 2014. Adkins' role with the Razorbacks included working with the pitching staff and assisting head coach Mike Larabee with the hitters. During Adkins' tenure, the Razorbacks signed four state Gatorade Players of the Year and one National Gatorade Player of the Year. At the time of his departure from Arkansas, Adkins helped the Razorbacks to the ninth-ranked recruiting class for the 2015 season.
In his first season in 2012, the Razorbacks recorded an overall record of 29-28 and advanced to an NCAA Regional Final for the first time in program history. The 29 victories was an increase from 13 wins the season prior to Adkins arrival.
During Adkins' first year, the team ERA dropped from 4.77 to 3.60. The staff also boasted multiple double-digit winners, Chelsea Cohen (14) and Kimmy Beasley (11) -- the second time since 2004 that a coaching staff has produced multiple 10-game winners.
Offensively, the Razorbacks set multiple school records including; on base percentage (.354), home runs per game (1.05) and team OPS (.787). Adkins' coaching led to numerous accolades for the team. Devon Wallace became the first ever First-Team All-SEC performer in school history. She was also named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Beasley finished the season being named to the SEC All-Freshman team with 11 wins. She tallied wins over No. 1 California, an 8-1 decision over eventual NCAA Champion, No. 3 Alabama and a win vs. No. 7 Baylor. Cohen and Beasley combined for a no-hitter on May 2 against Missouri State after Beasley was removed after the first inning because of injury. Cohen came in and finished the first no-hitter at Arkansas since the 2008 season.
In 2013, Arkansas improved to an overall record of 36-20 and once again made an appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals. The Razorbacks entered the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll on May 7, 2013 for the first time in program history.
For the second consecutive year, Cohen (13) and Beasley (12) posted double-digit victories apiece. For her efforts on the field, Beasley was tabbed Second-Team All-SEC. All four of the Razorbacks' pitchers had an ERA of 3.51 or lower with two Arkansas pitchers finishing the year in the SEC Top 10 for Conference ERA on the season. As a team, the Arkansas pitching staff notched a collective 2.86 earned run average.
Offensively, Wallace led the NCAA in on-base percentage with a .627, marking only the second time in SEC history a player finished the season with over a .625 on-base percentage.
In Adkins' final season in 2014, the Razorbacks posted 27 wins with Grace Moll (10) posting double-digit wins on the season. Wallace was selected Second-Team All-SEC, finishing the year with 48 hits, including 12 home runs, a triple, eight doubles and a team-best .653 slugging percentage and a team-high .534 on-base percentage.
Adkins formerly worked at the University of Florida.
While at Florida, Adkins worked as first base coach, while also overseeing the outfield positions and assisting on offensive coaching. The 2010 Florida team hit a then-Southeastern Conference-record 109 home runs. The Gators reset the record in 2011, smacking a nation-leading 124 home runs. Adkins assisted the Gators to a berth in the 2010 and 2011 Women's College World Series and an overall record of 105-23 (.820) during his stay. Florida was National Runner-Up in 2011.
In addition to his college coaching career, Adkins brings years of softball coaching experience to the Golden Eagles, including experience as a state championship-winning head coach on the Florida high school level. He led Wewahitchka High School to the 2008 Class 2A State Championship, compiling a 27-2 overall record. As assistant head coach, Adkins helped the squad to the 2007 Class 2A title. In 2008, the squad hit a state-record 43 home runs. In his six year head and assistant coach career at Wewahitchka HS, the softball team advanced to the state playoffs every year while winning five Regional Championships. Adkins compiled a 162-34 (.827) overall record at Wewahitchka HS.
Before Wewahitchka HS, Adkins served as the head coach for Chipley (Fla.) High School from 2002-03, where he compiled a 47-14-1 (.766) record. The 2003 Chipley HS team won the first Regional Championship in school history.
Adkins founded Team North Florida and served as head coach from 2004-09. Team North Florida was an Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) 16U National Championship participant in 2006 and placed ninth in 2007.
Adkins earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Florida State University in 2001. He began his college career at St. John's River Community College on a basketball scholarship after being named to Florida's High School All-State Team in 1995.
Adkins and his wife, Sonya, have three daughters, Kenna, Anniston and Rayna, and one son, Hayden.
Mackenzie Sher | Assistant Coach
Former standout Mackenzie Sher returned to her alma mater to serve as an assistant coach for the Southern Miss softball team. Sher works directly with the catchers, while assisting with the pitching staff as well as the day-to-day operations of the Southern Miss softball team. Sher is a former member of the Golden Eagles’ softball team, serving as a catcher from 2011-14.
In her first season as an assistant coach of the Southern Miss softball team, Sher help lay the foundation for bigger things to come. The team ended the 2015 season 18-34 overall with a 3-21 mark in Conference USA play. The Golden Eagles’ 2015 season included upsets of C-USA West rival UTSA (W, 5-4 on March 8) and No. 21 South Alabama (W, 1-0 on April 22). The team also posted a winning record against in-state schools, going 6-5 (.545) on the season.
The 2015 season saw the Southern Miss softball team moving in the right direction. The Golden Eagles saw an increase in batting average of 21 points from .251 in 2014 up to .272 in 2015. The team’s slugging percentage increased 11 points, while the on-base percentage increased 27 points. The Black and Gold squad of 2015 produced 46 more hits and showed better plate discipline, drawing 41 more walks than the previous year.
In the circle in 2015, the Golden Eagles saw a 0.37-point reduction of the team earned run average, while allowing 22 less doubles compared to the previous season. Danielle Block saw her ERA drop 1.46 points, while the then sophomore’s strikeouts nearly triple. Samantha Robles reduced her earned run average 1.92 points despite missing significant time during the season with an injury.
Defensively, Southern Miss raised its team fielding percentage, reduced the number of stolen bases against, and trimmed the number of errors committed.
Off the field, Danielle Block was voted to the Conference USA All-Academic Team for the 2015 season. Block was joined by Mallory Hayden as a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist, while 13 of the 22 members of the team (.591) earned Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades.
On the field, Sher finished her Southern Miss career ranked in the school career records in home runs (4th), sacrifice flies (4th), putouts (6th), fielding percentage (6th) and total chances (9th).
As a senior, she finished the season batting .284 with 42 hits in 148 at-bats with a career-high 11 doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 27 RBI and 20 runs scored. Sher led the team in slugging percentage, RBI, home runs, total bases, games played and games started. She concluded the season ranked in team's top 5 in runs scored (2nd), doubles (2nd), triples (2nd), chances (2nd), putouts (2nd), batting average (3rd), hits (3rd), hit by pitch (3rd), walks (4th), on-base percentage (5th) and assists (5th).
In addition, the senior led the team with eight multiple RBI games and was second on the team with 11 multi-hit games.
Sher was named Conference USA Player of the Week on March 31, 2014. She helped Southern Miss to a 4-1 record on the week, including a C-USA series win against UTSA. The senior led the team with a .714, going 10-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs, five runs scored and six RBI. She boasted a team-best 1.286 slugging percentage and a team-high .706 on-base percentage. During the week, Sher led the team in hits, runs scored, doubles, home runs and total bases. She recorded base hits in all five games on the week, including multiple hits in four games.
Sher, who excelled both on and off the field, was one of 15 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Awards presented by Conference USA. In addition, she was named one of 16 recipients for the Spirit of Service Award designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.
As a senior, Sher was named to the Academic All-Conference USA team, marking the second consecutive year she earned the honor. Sher joined Leslie LeJune (2009-12) as the only Southern Miss recipient to earn the accolade more than once.
Sher received the 2014 Southern Miss Outstanding Female Individual Grade Point Average Award. She was a multi-year recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14) and Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14).
Sher, a native of Bellaire, Texas, graduated in May 2014 with a degree in psychology from USM. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sport management from Southern Miss.
Laurie Neelis | Volunteer Assistant Coach
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