LaVelle listed among nominees for OWH coach of the year

LaVelle listed among nominees for OWH coach of the year

OWH women’s coach of the year feature

SEWARD, Neb. – In just his first season leading the Concordia University softball team, Todd LaVelle made quite an impact. The former Lincoln North Star High School skipper turned around a Bulldog team that went 14-25 in 2013, leading the program to its first ever national tournament appearance. LaVelle’s fine work landed him among the nominees for the Omaha World-Herald State College Women’s Coach of the Year, released on Sunday.

Said LaVelle following the 2014 campaign: I'm very proud to be such a small part of an outstanding softball team this past year. All the wins, records set and post season accomplishments were really great to see, but being able to watch these young ladies grow on their ‘softball’ journey will always be the best memory of the 2014 Bulldog team.”

LaVelle was listed with six other nominees from Nebraska NAIA and NCAA Division II institutions. Midland University volleyball coach Paul Giesselmann earned the distinction of OWH coach of the year.

The 2014 season was a particularly fun ride for the Bulldog softball team. LaVelle’s bunch won its first nine games of the season on the way to a 32-16 campaign (fourth most wins in school history). Concordia got hot at the right time, making an improbable run to the GPAC title game. The wild ride included several walk-off wins and a near miss against the top-rated team and host of the Bulldogs’ opening round national tournament bracket.

While next year’s squad will not have the services of ace pitcher Amanda Beeson and four-year starting catcher Amber Topil, LaVelle is confident even bigger things are in store. The Bulldogs will have a talented nucleus of returners to build around and a large recruiting class long on talent to provide fortification.

24 June 2014

Todd LaVelle