BUENA VISTA, Va.— Southern Virginia University Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today named Kortny Hall as the university's next head softball coach.
"We are excited to have Kortny join our softball program and lead the team into a new era," Lamb said. "She has a proven track record of success both as a coach and as a former collegiate softball player. Kortny is enthusiastic about the game and we believe she is the right person to lead our softball team to great heights and be competitors in the Capital Athletic Conference."
Hall comes to Southern Virginia following a tremendous head coaching tenure at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz., where she started the softball program in 2007 and built it into one of the state's most successful through the 2013 season. Before coaching five all-district players in 2013, she led her 2012 squad to a state tournament appearance with four girls being named all-region to go with two all-state selections.
She led the Lions to their first state tournament appearance in 2010 with her first senior class, garnering Coach of the Year honors after leading Liberty to a region championship. Her 2010 roster featured seven all-region players and the state's 2010 Player of the Year.
Hall guided Liberty to a second straight region championship in 2011 and state runner-up finish with a roster that included nine all-region players and three all-state selections. Following the stellar campaign, she was named Arizona's West Valley Coach of the Year and the state's Big School Coach of the Year. In addition, her 2011 staff was nominated for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaching Staff of the Year award.
On top of her coaching responsibilities at the school, Hall was a physical education and weight training instructor.
"I am excited to become a part of the Southern Virginia family and athletic community," Hall said. "I am thrilled to bring my experience and passion for softball to the players and staff. It is my intent to motivate these young women to reach their full potential and refine their talents both on and off the field. In doing so, my goal is to become a competitive force in the CAC and represent Southern Virginia Athletics in a positive manner."
Prior to taking the helm at Liberty, Hall was a pitching/catching graduate assistant at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, helping the Thunderbirds to its second ever NCAA regional tournament appearance and a Mid-Continent Conference title in 2007. She also invented and implemented a mechanics corrector for pitchers called "The Pitching Partner."
Since 2003, Hall has been a softball camp administrator and private hitting/catching instructor throughout the community. She assisted with the Sunrise Mountain High School softball clinic from 2003-07 and served as a hitting/catching instructor at the University of Arizona softball clinic in 2006.
"Kortny brings great energy and significant coaching experience to our softball program," said Southern Virginia Senior Woman Administrator Deidra Dryden. "She knows how to help her players succeed and get the most out of their efforts. We feel that she will be able to hold our softball program to a high standard of excellence and help it be competitive in the CAC."
A four-time scholar-athlete at Southern Utah from 2003-06, Hall was named an ESPN Magazine Academic All-American in 2006 and led the Thunderbirds to the 2006 NCAA Division I tournament, the school's first appearance. In 2006, she was honored as an NCAA Division I All-West Region catcher and was a two-time All-Mid Continent Conference catcher from 2005-06.
Prior to Southern Utah, Hall attended Phoenix College in Phoenix, Ariz., where she helped the team to a NJCAA national championship in 2004. She was named the Region I NJCAA Most Valuable Player in 2004 and the association's Defensive Player of the Year.
Recognized as one of only two Outstanding Student Award honorees from the SUU physical education department in May 2007, Hall graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Utah with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health. She went on to receive a master's in human performance and sports conditioning from Southern Utah in May 2010.