Head softball coach, Courtney Oliver, reached the landmark of 100 career wins after the East Carolina University softball team (8-5, 0-0 AAC) defeated George Washington University (3-11, 0-0 A10) on Feb. 16 by a score of 2-0.
Oliver, just getting started with her fifth season with the Pirates, came to Greenville after working with the North Carolina State University softball program for three years, as well as being apart of numerous other programs in a previous four year span. Within that seven year time period, she received numerous accolades for developing pitchers into national talents.
As a player, she was a pitcher for Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, where she was a two-time First Team All Colonial Athletic Association player, and earned 32 career wins along with throwing a couple of no-hitters.
As head coach of the Pirates, she has developed the softball team into a competitive program, which has achieved several signature wins in the last several years including wins against North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of South Florida. She also brought in the 22nd highest ranked recruiting class in 2018.
“It’s a tribute to all of my players and staff and how hard that we’ve worked over the past five years,” Oliver said when asked about what passing 100 wins means to her.
Oliver has surpassed the 20-win margin in every year that she has been at the helm of the Pirate softball team. In her first year as head coach for ECU, she improved the ECU softball team win total by seven games, and finished with a record of 23-31. The most games she has won in a season at ECU so far was in 2017, when the Pirate softball team won 26 games and finished the season with a record of 26-30.
Although the final records may not show it, she has been very influential to the development of a solid pitching rotation and staff, as well as building great offensive attacks.
“She’s great, I’ve learned a lot from her. She treats everyone good, that’s (the 100th career win) awesome for her and the team as well,” redshirt senior infielder Tate McClellan said.
She has successfully brought the Pirates their first ever American Athletic Conference all-conference selection when former ECU pitcher Lydia Ritchie was selected to the second team in 2017. Along with the all-conference selection, she also guided junior right-handed pitcher Erin Poepping to being named to the AAC All-Freshman team her freshman year in 2018.
“I think this school has a lot to offer, so I consider myself very blessed to be here for five years now, it’s definitely a place I look forward to staying for a long while,” Oliver said.
The ECU softball team, who still have many games remaining on the schedule, have also defeated Campbell University (7-8, 0-0 Big South) and the University of Pittsburgh (5-7, 0-0 ACC), among several others.
The Pirates are set to start conference play on March 20, when they host the Memphis University Tigers (7-8, 0-0 AAC) in Greenville, North Carolina.