Red Bluff Resident Receives Coach of the Year Honors

For Immediate Release


Wayne Stower

Wayne StowerREDDING, Calif. - Long-time Red Bluff resident and Redding-area softball coach Wayne Stower has been named Coach of the Year by the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) for the third consecutive season.

Stower has won Cal Pac Coach of the Year five times (2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, and 2010) since he started coaching the Red Hawks in 2008. The award is based on a voting process that includes coaches from other Cal Pac schools.

Stower led the Simpson University softball team, which also competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), to its first 40-win season and sixth Cal Pac title in seven years. Six of his players also received Cal Pac honors this year, including Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Pitcher of the Year.

“Our team played extremely well as a team this season, and everyone made great contributions to our outstanding outcome,” Stower said. “Our players and coaches are excited to be in the Simpson University record book with 40 wins.”

Now that the regular season is over, Stower and the nationally ranked Red Hawks turn their attention to hosting an NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round on campus on May 16-18. They will host three other teams at the Simpson Softball Field in up to seven games. The community is invited to attend any of the games. Learn more at

Before coming to Simpson, Stower coached at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro for seven years. He also coached American Softball Association girl’s softball from 1995-2207. Stower and his wife live in Red Bluff and have two adult children.

Photo by Jessica Law



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


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