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USU softball: New softball assistant coaches announced

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 12 2012 4:06 p.m. MDT

Utah State head softball coach Carissa Kalaba has completed her coaching staff for the upcoming 2013 season. Chelsea Butler and Britné Stubbs will join the Aggies as assistant coaches, joining Kalaba for her fourth season at the helm of the Utah State softball program.

“I am very excited to have Britne Stubbs and Chelsea Butler here at Utah State. We are already working together very well," Kalaba said. "They bring strong personalities and a good understanding of the fundamentals of the game."

Stubbs will bring five years of head coaching experience to the USU coaching staff, having spent the last five seasons at Brevard College as the head softball coach. Stubbs also served as the senior woman administrator at Brevard College, providing a female voice and perspective on key issues and serving as a role model for diversity. Stubbs will be working with the Aggie outfielders and hitters.

Stubbs led the Tornadoes to a sixth place finish in the South Atlantic Conference in her 2012 campaign, finishing with a 24-24 overall record with a 9-9 record in conference action. In her five seasons, she posted a career record of 102-125 (.449), improving her team's record each of her first four seasons in the dugout.

Stubbs, who originally hails from Bennettsville, S.C., was an assistant softball coach at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. At Tiffin, she completed her master’s degree in business administration.

During her two-year stint at Tiffin University, the softball program compiled a record of 94-22. Stubbs was a part of two American Midwest Conference championships, two region IX championships and two national tournament appearances. In 2006, she was a part of Region IX coaching staff of the year. While at Tiffin University, Stubbs helped tutor five All-Americans, six All-Region performers and seven All-Conference players.

Prior to coaching at Tiffin, she played softball at Queens University of Charlotte. Stubbs was named to the first-team all-Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference three times and was her team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player three consecutive seasons spanning from 2002-2005.

Stubbs has also worked summer camps at Kennesaw State, North Carolina State, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Saint Leo and Campbell University for the past four years.

Butler comes to Utah State via Eastern Kentucky University, where she filled the role of assistant coach for the Colonels under head coach Jane Worthington. Last season was Butler's first season as an assistant coach, helping guide EKU to a 27-30 overall record and a 16-13 conference record for the 2012 season. Butler will be working with the Utah State pitchers.

Before her coaching days, Butler pitched two years (2008-09) for Eastern Kentucky, highlighted by her senior season where she posted a 2.32 ERA to go along with seven wins.

Prior to arriving at Eastern Kentucky, Butler played two seasons at Golden West Junior College. As a sophomore, she posted a 21-13 record with a 1.35 ERA, striking out 170 batters in 231.2 innings of work. She earned first team All-Conference recognition and was an All-Tournament selection.

Butler earned a degree in sociology in 2009. Prior to her return to EKU, Butler served as an assistant coach with the USA Athletics 18 gold team in Southern California and has been giving pitching lessons. At EKU, she worked directly with pitchers, as well as handling recruiting efforts.

Utah State softball is preparing for its final season in the Western Athletic Conference as USU is set to join the Mountain West Conference in 2013. The Aggies return 16 players from last season's squad, which finished the 2012 season with a 17-36 overall record. Highlighting those returning are five seniors, utility player Katie Bowdidge, designated player Kali Cancelosi, pitcher Mandy Harmon, infielder Christine Thomsen and pitcher Shelbi Tyteca.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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