FORMER SOFTBALL STANDOUT NAMED HEAD COACH AT AUSTIN PEAY
July 25, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. –For the second time in the past month a former UT Martin softball player has been named a head college coach. This time around, the former Skyhawk has landed back in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Stephanie Paris, who was a standout second baseman from 2002-03 under the direction of head coach Donley Canary,has been named Austin Peay State University's new softball coach.
Paris, who was an All-OVC selection for the Skyhawks before becoming a successful high school and college coach, has been hired as Austin Peay's seventh head coach.
Paris comes to Austin Peay from Colorado State University-Pueblo, where she has served as assistant coach since 2007. While at CSU-P, she has helped the ThunderWolves to five 20-plus winning seasons that saw them participate in the post-season conference tourney each season. It also included a No. 4 regional ranking this past season. CSU-P was the 2009 NCAA National Tourney regional runner up in 2009.
Paris is used to building and rebuilding. The Brentwood native took over Ravenwood's program at its inception in 2005 and led them to a 7-20 record. Ravenwood improved to 19-18 the following season and 33-17 in 2007.
In her short time there, Paris developed 10 all-district selections and one all-region product.
As a player, Paris played two seasons at Jackson State Community College where she was named the 2001 Tennessee Junior College Player of the Year and was later inducted into the Jackson State Athletics Hall of Fame. Paris owned a career .354 batting mark at the school.
From there she went to UT Martin where she set records for stolen bases and stolen-base attempted.
Ashton Strode, who played at UT Martin from 2006-08 was named the head coach at Union College earlier this month.