Viks stay local in hiring new softball coach

By Portland State  Jul 7 2016, 8:24 pm — Leave a comment
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Portland State Director of Athletics Mark Rountree has announced the hiring of Meadow McWhorter as the Vikings’ new head softball coach.

McWhorter becomes just the fifth head coach since 1977 to lead the program. She comes to Portland State after being the head coach at Mt. Hood Community college for the last 14 years.

“We are thrilled to have Coach McWhorter join us at Portland State,” Rountree said. “She has a tremendous track record of success coming from Mt. Hood, both academically and athletically. I know she is committed to making a difference in the lives of students.”

During McWhorter’s tenure leading the Saints, she coached six players who went on to play for Portland State including recent PSU graduate Kristen Crawford and current PSU student-athlete SheaLee Lindsey. McWhorter posted an impressive 468-146 (.762) overall record at Mt. Hood winning five Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016).

McWhorter was named the NWAC Coach of the Year four times (2009, 2010, 2014, and 2016) and her staff has earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Coaching Staff of the Year honors three times (2004, 2008, 2014).

“It is an honor to be named the next head softball coach at Portland State,” McWhorter said. “I am grateful to Mark Rountree and the hiring committee for giving me this incredible opportunity. I have been a fan of Viking softball ever since I was young; attending many of the camps facilitated by the great coach Teri Mariani. I am excited to build on the rich tradition of Portland State softball and I am so proud to be a Viking!”

McWhorter led the MHCC program to three 40-win seasons including a program best 43-7 record in 2007. Her teams won over 80-percent of their games in eight of her 14 seasons at MHCC. Twenty-five of her players have earned NFCA All-American honors.

McWhorter started her playing career at Mt. Hood before finishing at Jacksonville State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration.

THE MEADOW McWHORTER FILE

Hometown: Washougal, Wash.
Alma Mater: BS in Recreation Administration, Jacksonville State, 2001
Playing Experience: Mt. Hood Community College (1998-99), Jacksonville State (2000-01)
Family: Parents Ricky and Andrea McWhorter, Brother Logan, and dog Baylee.

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2016-Pres. – Portland State, Head Coach
2002-16 – Mt. Hood Community College, Head Coach

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