Camp Coaching Staff
2015 University of Texas Longhorns Softball
Head Coach Connie Clark
In 22 varsity seasons, head coach Connie Clark has positioned Texas softball firmly on the national map. Since its ascension to varsity status in 1997, Texas has emerged as one of the most dominant softball programs in the nation under the direction of Clark. In only 21 seasons as a varsity program, Clark – the 1987 Broderick National Softball Player of the Year as a collegian – has led UT to five Women’s College World Series appearances (1998, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2013), 13 NCAA Tournament appearances (1998-2000, 2002-03, 2005-12), five Big 12 Conference Tournament titles (1999, 2002, 2003 and 2005) and four Big 12 regular-season titles (2002, 2003, 2006 and 2010). In fact, Texas’ appearance in the 1998 WCWS – in just its second varsity season – still ranks as the quickest arrival at the NCAA Division I softball “Elite Eight” tournament in the history of the sport.
Texas is at the forefront of the national and international softball scene. Clark has produced one national player of the year (three times), 26 All-Americans, six Academic All-Americans and countless All-Big 12 honorees.
The Longhorns can also claim two Olympic gold medalists (pitchers Cat Osterman and Christa Williams), and a total of six national and junior national team members, including current Longhorn Taylor Hoagland, with four members of the 2006 Texas squad (Tina Boutelle, Meagan Denny, Osterman and Desiree Williams) being part of that group.
Clark’s peers have taken notice of her work in Austin, voting her the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006 and 2010. For Clark and her assistants’ efforts developing the Texas program, the coaching staff was honored as the 2006 NFCA Midwest Region coaching Staff of the Year after being named the 2003 Speedline/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Coaching Staff of the Year.
In the last 19 years, her Texas players have earned three USA Softball National Player of the Year Awards (Cat Osterman in 2003, 2005 and 2006), two Honda Awards (Osterman in 2005 and 2006) and a total of 17 All-America honors. Clark had at least one athlete earn NFCA All-America honors in each of the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, including Osterman, who is the program’s first four-time All-American.
Clark, a standout athlete in her playing days, has been associated with national-caliber softball programs everywhere she has been. As an assistant coach at Florida State (1990-95), Clark helped build the Seminoles into a national softball power and led FSU to four appearances in the NCAA Women’s College World Series and to five NCAA Regional appearances.
Clark was an outstanding pitcher in her own right, leading softball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton to the NCAA Women’s College World Series title as a junior in 1986. A three-time All-America pitcher, Clark posted a 20-2 record with 197 strikeouts in 155.1 innings while leading the nation with a 0.18 earned run average in 1986. The following year, Clark posted a 33-5 record with 32 complete games, 19 shutouts and 261 strikeouts in 283 innings, earning the Broderick Award as National Softball Player of the Year. Clark’s career ERA of 0.37 as a Titan places her in the top 10 for career ERA in Division I softball.
Camp Director Shanna Diller
This is Shanna Diller’s sixth year serving as special assistant on head coach Connie Clark’s staff. Diller joins the Texas program after spending the previous 2 years as the Assistant Director of Marketing for the University of Illinois Athletic Department.
As a player, Diller spent three seasons in the National Pro Fastpitch League, playing for the Rockford Thunder and the Tennessee Diamonds. In 2009, Diller helped lead the Rockford Thunder to the NPF Championship title.
Diller played collegiately for the University of Illinois where she was an All-Big 10 First Team selection in 2008 and Third Team selection in 2005 and 2007.
Assistant Coach Jennifer McFalls
The 2018 season marks Jennifer McFalls’ eighth year as an assistant on head coach Connie Clark’s staff. A former USA Softball standout and Olympic gold medalist, McFalls serves as the Longhorns’ defensive coach.
During the 2015 campaign, the Longhorns had a pair of players, junior centerfielder Lindsey Stephens and freshman pitcher Erica Wright earn All-Big 12 Defensive Team accolades on the way to 38 wins, a second-place league finish and the program’s 11th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance.
Under McFalls’ tutelage in 2014, three players were selected to the first All-Big 12 Defensive team. Over the course of the season, Longhorn defense turned 21 double plays, marking the second-most in school history.
Recently, McFalls was the head coach during the 2015 season with the Dallas Charge of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
As a player, McFalls won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the 2000 Olympics where she scored the game-winning run in the gold medal game. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000, helping her teams to a gold medal in the 1999 Pan American Games and a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships.
McFalls played collegiately for Texas A&M where she earned first-team All-America honors as a shortstop in 1993 and led the Aggies in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage in all four seasons of her career. In 1994 she was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year and in 2001 she was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.
Assistant Coach Tripp MacKay
Coach MacKay is entering his second season with the University of Texas.
MacKay spent 2016 as the Director of Player Development for Scrap Yard Sports in Houston, Texas, while also working with the newest National Pro Fastpitch expansion team, the Scrap Yard Dawgs. During his time with the organization, he was in charge of overseeing player and coach development as well as development camps and clinics while also serving as the team’s co-head coach.
Prior to his time with Scrap Yard Sports, MacKay served eight seasons as part of Patty Gasso’s coaching staff at the University of Oklahoma, where as an assistant, he was responsible for working primarily with OU’s outfielders and offense.
During a stint stretching from 2007-2015, he helped guide the Sooners to a 389-97 overall record, eight consecutive NCAA postseason appearances, including four Women’s College World Series berths (national runner-up in 2012), five Big 12 Conference regular-season titles, two Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship crowns and the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship. For his efforts, he shared 2013 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year honors and four straight NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) accolades.
Helping craft offensive teams that consistently ranked among the nation’s elite during each season of his tenure, the 2013 Sooner offense proved especially potent on the way to winning the national title, leading the country in runs scored per contest (7.8) and slugging percentage (.582), while also rating in the Division I top 10 in batting average (.333), home runs per game (1.54) and doubles per game (1.57). The powerful lineup also established the NCAA single-season record for walks with 348 and set Big 12 season marks for runs scored (476), RBIs (444), slugging and on-base percentage.
He began his coaching career as either an assistant or volunteer assistant coach with stops at Blinn College (1999-2000), Palm Beach Community College (1998), Cardinal Newman High School (1998) and Northeast Texas Community College (1997).
From there, MacKay spent seven years as a private hitting instructor in Dallas and, in 2004, became a partner in the Dallas Performance Edge Training Center, where he proved instrumental in all aspects of the softball side of the academy including pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, base running and position specific skills. Prior to his stint at Dallas Performance Edge, MacKay served as a hitting instructor at the Dallas Baseball Academy of Texas from 2000-04 and as head coach of Dallas Tigers Baseball (2003-06). He also spent time as a hitting instructor at Mike Candrea’s University of Arizona Summer and Holiday Camps.
MacKay began his own standout playing career on the diamond at the University of Florida (1993-94) before completing his final two seasons of eligibility at Oklahoma State (1995-96). A career .310 hitter and two-time All-Big Eight Conference choice, he reaped second team All-American accolades while helping OSU to a 1996 College World Series berth.
Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft, MacKay went on to play professionally for the Vermont Expos (1996) and the Cape Fear Crocs (1997) before concluding his pro career with the Northern League’s Winnipeg Goldeyes (1998-99) and Sioux City Explorers (1999-2000).
Other coaching staff members will include experienced high school and college coaches.