SAN FRANCISCO, California – After leading the Lady Buffs to the program’s first ever National Championship, West Texas A&M’s Kevin Blaskowski has been honored as the 2014 CaptainU Division II Softball Spring Coach of the Year announced by the network’s offices in San Francisco, California on Tuesday morning.
Blaskowski just completed his ninth season at the helm of the Lady Buffs, leading the team to the first Division II National Championship in program history on Memorial Day in a 3-2 thrilling win over Valdosta State at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. WT rose to the top spot in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25 Poll back on February 26th and never looked back as the team sat atop of the rankings for 12 straight polls, the Lady Buffs will likely begin the 2015 campaign as DII's top team.
The Lady Buffs finished the season with an overall record of 60-7 as they broke the Lone Star Conference single season wins record previously held by the Midwestern State teams of 2010 and 2011 who claimed 54 victories. WT become the fourth team in NCAA history to claim a title while winning 60 games in a season, joining Cal State-Northridge (1985), Augustana (1991) and North Dakota State (2000).
Blaskowski was hired in December of 2004 to bring back the softball program to WT’s campus after a 24 year absence. In his first nine years, Blaskowski has led the Lady Buffs to a 320-219 mark (.593) with an LSC Regular Season and LSC Tournament Title along with four appearances in the NCAA Postseason. In his 23 years as a collegiate head coach, Blaskowski has recorded a 672-486 overall record (.580).
Blaskowski joins Division I National Champion, Tim Walton, of the University of Florida and DII Champion, Cheryl Milligan, of Tufts University as the 2014 softball honorees. CaptainU, a youth and college sports network, was founded in 2008 at the University of Chicago. The network is a single web-based platform that connects high school athletes and their parents, youth coaches, camps, tournaments, and college coaches.