Kortny Hall enters her first season as head coach of the Southern Virginia University softball program.
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.
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.”
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.
Laura Workman enters her second year as an assistant softball coach at Southern Virginia University.
Workman grew up playing softball in Othello, Wash., and her family moved to Pasco, Wash. in 2004 where she continued to play for and graduate from Pasco High School in 2009.
Following graduation, Workman began playing for Southern Virginia University. She helped her team get to the USCAA championship tournament where her team forfeited the Sunday games and placed fifth overall. In the fall of 2010, Southern Virginia University replaced head coach Col. Mike Smith with Duste Grawrock, who Workman played for the following three years. During her final season, Workman served as a team captain and made a transition from catcher to center field.
Workman graduated from Southern Virginia University in the spring of 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and liberal arts as well as minors in biology and chemistry. As an undergrad she was active in student government and was vice president of the first Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Southern Virginia. Workman was also active in the community as a youth mentor, a volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity resale store and an avid Remote Area Medical volunteer.
Laura and her husband, Tod, a member of the football team, reside in Buena Vista.
Tiffane Pendleton enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Southern Virginia University softball program and currently works for the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center of Buena Vista.
Pendleton assisted under head coach Duste Grawrock from 2011-2013 and will begin her first season under new head coach Kortny Hall.
As a former Knight, Pendleton played during the 2005-2008 seasons as an outfielder. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Southern Virginia University in 2008.
Tiffane and her husband, Chris, the University Director of Communications at Southern Virginia, reside in Buena Vista with their puppy, Franklin.