June 1, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - After leading the Missouri State softball team to its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance this spring, head coach Holly Hesse won't have much time to relax over the offseason. The Bears' mentor has been named to the Board of Coaches for the newly-formed Alliance of Women Coaches and will address a trio of NCAA coaching academies in the month of June.
A founding member of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, Hesse has played an active role in promoting both the sport of softball and women's sports in general. She currently serves as president of the Springfield chapter of the Women's Intersport Network (WIN).
The Alliance of Women Coaches strives to improve the landscape for women coaches by providing professional development opportunities and a support system via positive role models and mentoring initiatives.
Hesse will address two separate sessions of the Women Coaches Academy, June 1-5 in Denver and June 11-15 in Atlanta, before wrapping up a busy June with a presentation at the NCAA Dimension 2 program in Chicago, June 21-24.
Hesse notched the seventh 30-win season of her coaching career this spring, as the Bears won the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Softball Championship and posted the program's first NCAA Tournament victory in 13 years with a 4-2 win over Iona at the Norman (Okla.) Regional.
Having just completed her 23rd season as head coach at Missouri State, Hesse is the Bears' all-time winningest softball coach with a career mark of 599-583-2. During her tenure she has led the Bears to a pair of Valley regular-season titles and five MVC Tournament championships, racking up a league-record 45 career wins in the conference championship.