Softball tabbed NFCA Southeast staff of the year

OKLAHOMA CITY- MAY, 30: Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly and Assistant Coach Marc Weekly during the game between the Tennessee Lady Vols and the Florida Gators on the first day of the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, OK. The Lady Vols defeated the Gators 9-2. Photo By Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UTSPORTS) -- For the second consecutive season and fifth time since 2005, the Tennessee softball coaching staff has been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Co-Head coaches Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly, along with assistant coach Marty McDaniel, volunteer assistant coach Marc Weekly and Director of Operations Lindsay Schutzler Bell led the Lady Vols to one of their finest seasons in program history.

Finishing the season as the No. 2 team in the nation, Tennessee finished as the national runner-up with a 52-12 overall record. The Big Orange made its sixth Women's College World Series appearance in the last nine years and appeared in the Championship Series for the second time in program history.

The squad featured three NFCA Division I All-America first-team selections in Raven Chavanne, Lauren Gibson and Madison Shipman, and three Capital One Academic All-Americans in Chavanne, Shipman and Ellen Renfroe. Chavanne was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and was a Top 3 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. Gibson was a Top 10 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the year and was named the SEC Player of the Year.

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