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  • COLLEGE SOFTBALL

    Pistole named new SOU softball coach

  • ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University softball program will head in a new direction and Jessica Pistole will be entrusted to provide it, SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre announced Saturday after concluding a national search.
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  • ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University softball program will head in a new direction and Jessica Pistole will be entrusted to provide it, SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre announced Saturday after concluding a national search.
    Pistole, a native of Lumas, Calif., has been named the 10th head coach in Raider softball history following a two-year stint at Twin Falls High School, where her team won an Idaho 4A state title with a 26-2 record last season. Prior to that gig she served as a head coach at NAIA schools Biola University and William Jessup in California, and then for one year as an assistant at Utah State.
    Pistole takes over for Kim Fritts, who resigned in May after eight seasons in charge. Ten players are set to return from the most recent Raider squad, which had a 15-23 overall record and a 14-14 mark in the Cascade Conference.
    Coming out of Del Oro High School (Calif.), Pistole was recruited to Biola to play volleyball but ended up playing four years of softball, too. She was a three-time All-American with a career earned-run average of 0.79 and batting average of .340 while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in health psychology. Upon the completion of her degree and playing career in 2002 she was immediately given Biola's head softball coaching job, and helped the Eagles to a 51-46 record in two seasons, including a 26-19 record in her last.
    Pistole took over the William Jessup volleyball program in 2006. After three years as head coach, she proposed and executed the formation of Jessup's softball program — raising all the funds needed for scholarships and travel — and, in the program's second season, she guided the Warriors to the 2011 California Pacific Conference championship, earning Cal Pac Coach of the Year honors as a result. In her two seasons as softball coach, she placed 15 players on the all-conference team and compiled a 56-38 record.
    After a year as an assistant at Utah State, Pistole arrived in Twin Falls. In both seasons her team won the District 4 title and she was named Great Basin Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and her state championship squad had a team batting average of .447, a team ERA of 1.33, and a team GPA of 3.73.
    Pistole and her husband, Bryan, have four children between the ages of 1 and 8.
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