Simpson University Softball Coach Earns Two Coach of the Year Honors
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Longtime Redding-area softball coach Wayne Stower has been named Coach of the Year by the National Christian Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac).
Stower led the Simpson University women’s softball team to its first national championship in program history by winning the 2015 NCCAA Softball World Series in May.
“Coach Stower has built a program that has national implications,” Cal Pac Commissioner Don Ott said. “His coaching peers recognize that not only are his players excellent, but they are led with excellence.”
Stower also led the Red Hawks to a 13-3 conference season and its fourth straight Cal Pac title. He has won Cal Pac Coach of the Year four times (2015, 2014, 2012, and 2010). The award is based on a voting process that includes coaches from the other Cal Pac schools (Embry-Riddle-Arizona, Menlo College, and La Sierra University).
“I am so happy for my coach receiving this title two years in a row,” said sophomore pitcher Paris Hallums. “Any time a coach or a player receives an award like this, it is really exciting for a team.”
Stower was selected for NCCAA Coach of the Year by the All-American Committee, which is made up of the regional softball sports chairs and the national chair.
“Wayne was very deserving having always been close to ‘winning it all’ by fielding a very good team in our championship most of the past four to five years, but finally broke through this year to win the NCCAA National Championship,” NCCAA Director of Membership and Compliance Jerry Malone said.
Stower has been coaching the Red Hawks since the softball program started in 2008. Under his leadership, Simpson has participated in a national tournament five times over the last six years. They have competed in the NCCAA World Series four times (2015, 2013, 2011, 2010) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament twice (2011, 2014). The Red Hawks have also won the Cal Pac five out of the past six seasons.
Before coming to Simpson, Stower coached at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro for seven years. He also coached American Softball Association girls’ softball from 1995-2007.
Stower and his wife live in Red Bluff and have two adult children.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations