Amanda Scott, the former Clovis High and Fresno State star, is the new softball coach at NCAA Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Scott was a two-time national ERA champ and four-time All-American with the Bulldogs, pitching the deciding game in the program’s 1998 College World Series championship season. She spent the past five seasons at NAIA Roosevelt in Chicago, building that program from scratch.
“We are excited to welcome Amanda to the UMSL family. She has a strong softball background and knows how to not only win, but how to create the best possible experience for her student-athletes,” Missouri-St. Louis athletic director Lori Flanagan said in a university news release. “We are confident that Amanda will continue the strong UMSL softball tradition and are excited about the new heights she can also take this program.”
Scott also has been an assistant at Illinois-Chicago, Michigan State and Iowa, and with the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut, a professional softball team. She was part of the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 and, along with fellow ex-Bulldog Laura Berg, was selected to the NCAA Division I Softball 25th Anniversary Team in 2006.
She replaces Brian Levin, who left for Belmont University in Nashville after six seasons in which the Tritons went 249-83 and earned four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), including two super regional appearances (2014, 2015).
I am anxious to meet and start working with the team as the student-athletes are what make coaching such a special profession.
ex-Fresno State and Clovis High star Amanda Scott on her hiring as the softball coach at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
“Amanda was one of the most outstanding (players) I had the opportunity to coach, and I think her coaching ability goes right along with her intensity, tenacity, knowledge of the game and her desire to make her players better,” said Margie Wright, who won 1,457 games during her tenure as Fresno State coach from 1986-2012. “I believe she will be a phenomenal coach at UMSL. I played professionally in St. Louis and love that city and am happy for Amanda to be going there. I look forward to coming to see her teams play.”
The hiring adds to Wright’s impressive coaching tree of ex-Bulldogs stars, a lineage that includes head coaches Courtney Deifel at Arkansas and Berg at Oregon State. Deifel (the former Courtney Scott) is Amanda’s sister and a former Cal star.
“UMSL has knocked it out of the park with the hiring of Amanda Scott as their new head softball coach,” Deifel said. “The wealth of experience she brings to the program, from her All-America career at Fresno State, her professional playing experience, her time with the USA National Team and coaching career at the Division I and NAIA levels have put her in position to succeed.
“She is a fierce competitor and a tremendous female role model for her players. I look forward to watching the Tritons under her leadership.”