Head softball coach Sara Russell completed her eighth season at the helm of the program in 2016.
Russell came aboard the Covenant athletic staff in 2008 to serve as the second head 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.
In her only season as head coach 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.
At Covenant, Russell has 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 2012 the team advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament yet again following another season with over 20 wins.
During her eight years at Covenant, Russell has coached 10 NCCAA All-Americans, 10 all-conference performers, and had a team earn the conference's Champion of Character award (2009, AAC) and Sportsmanship Award (USA South, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
Off the field, Russell has had 38 players earn conference All-Academic honors, with a record 14 during the 2014-15 academic year. Additionally, Russell's teams have made efforts to reach out to the community through volunteer opportunities. In 2014, her team took a mission trip to the pacific northwest and Canada.
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 three 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)
2014: 11-27 (4-20 USA South)
2015: 11-21 (4-18 USA South)
2016: 18-21-1 (7-13 USA South)
Total: 120 wins, 185 losses. 1 tie in eight seasons at Covenant (148-211-1 in nine years overall)