Head softball coach Sara Russell will begin her sixth season at the helm of the program in 2014.
Russell came aboard the Covenant athletic staff in 2008 to serve as the second coach in the program's history. Russell arrived at Covenant from Paducah, Ky., where she played and coached at Mid-Continent University, and where her husband, William, served as the baseball coach. William currently works with the Scots baseball staff, assisting head coach Doug Simons, while Sara takes on the coaching duties for the Lady Scots.
At Mid-Continent, her 2006 squad went 28-26 overall and 14-8 in conference play and won the conference tournament. Russell was named KIAC Coach of the Year.
Russell guided the Lady Scots program to three appearances in the NCCAA National TOurnament in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
In 2011, Russell coached the Lady Scots to a successful season winning a program record 22 games, concluding with an NCCAA Mid-East Region title, a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament, and the Mid-East Coach of the Year award in 2011.
In 2012 the team advanced to the NCCAA World Series yet again following another season with over 20 wins.
During her five years at Covenant, Russell has coached 10 NCCAA All-Americans, six All-Conference performers, and had a team earn the conference's Champion of Character award (2009, AAC).
Russell grew up in Duncan, British Columbia, where she played on all-star and travel softball teams until she was 18 years old. Her success as a youth included two World Series appearances: 1994 in Portland, Oregon, and 1996 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While pitching for a traveling team out of Vancouver, she was invited to Mid-Continent for a recruiting visit and tryout that ended up bringing her to the U.S. for a collegiate career.
In addition to coaching the Lady Scots, Russell also conducts private pitching lessons for youngsters in the local area.
She and her husband, William, live in Chattanooga, Tenn., with their two children.
Year-by-Year Coaching Records:
2006: 28-26 (14-8 KIAC) - KIAC Tournament champions, NAIA Region XII Tournament
2009: 18-19 (6-10 AAC)
2010: 13-31 (5-9 AAC) - NCCAA National Tournament
2011: 22-14 - NCCAA National Tournament
2012: 21-22 (7-9 GSAC) - NCCAA National Tournament
2013: 6-30 (5-11 GSAC)
Total: 80 wins, 116 losses in five seasons