Beth Torina

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Beth Torina
Sport(s) Softball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team LSU
Conference Southeastern Conference
Record 25–5
Biographical details
Born Orlando, Florida
Playing career
1997–2000 University of Florida
Position(s) Pitcher
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000–2002 Stetson University (Asst.)
2003–2007 University of Houston (Asst.)
2008–2011 Florida International University
2011–2012 USSSA Pride
2012–Present LSU
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year (two-time)

Beth Torina is an American college softball coach and a former college softball player. Torina is currently the head coach of the LSU Tigers softball team of Louisiana State University.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Torina was an assistant coach for the Stetson University softball team for two seasons from 2000 to 2002. She then moved on to the University of Houston from 2003 to 2007. She accepted her first head coaching position at Florida International University (FIU) from 2008 to 2011. She was a two-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year while at FIU.[2]

In 2012, she became the fourth head coach in LSU Tigers softball history since the program was reinstated in 1997. In her first year as head coach, she led the Tigers to the 2012 Women's College World Series, reaching the quarterfinals.[1] She led the program to its first ever back-to-back Women's College World Series appearances in 2015 and 2016, finishing 3rd both times (2015 Women's College World Series and 2016 Women's College World Series). She has amassed an impressive five-year record of 224-97 (.697) while coaching the Tigers. Torina led the program to its first ever #1 national ranking in 2015 and the program's 1000th victory in 2016.

While at LSU, Torina has coached 7 players who have achieved All-American status as recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). These seven individuals have earned 11 All-American awards, which ties a program record over any five-year span. In addition, players have been honored as the NFCA National Player of the Week five times, USA National Softball Player of the Week four times and ESPNW National Softball Player of the Week three times during Torina's tenure in Baton Rouge. Under Torina's guide, two players have been honored with the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award for having the highest GPA at the Women's College World Series (Alex Boulet in 2012, Dylan Supak in 2015).

While at LSU Torina has coached a total of:

All-Americans: 11x
First Team All SEC honorees: 7x
Second Team All SEC honorees: 7x
SEC All Freshman honorees: 8x
SEC Academic Honor Roll honorees: 40x
SEC Player of the Week honorees: 10x
SEC Pitcher of the Week honorees: 7x
SEC Freshman of the Week honorees: 8x

The Tigers home crowds have grown steadily at Tiger Park from 2012-present, during which the Tigers have posted a 138-38 record (.784). At least 1,000 fans have attended every home game during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. Additionally, since 2012, the program has surpassed 1,500 fans 58 times, 2000+ fans 25 times and 3,000+ fans 3 times.

Torina was also manager of the USSSA Pride from 2011 to 2012. The Pride won the NPF Championship in 2010, when Torina was an assistant coach on the staff. They are a professional women's softball team based in Kissimmee, Florida, United States.[3] The USSSA Pride became a part of the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) in 2009.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Torina is a former member of the Florida Gators softball team. While at Florida, she was a member of the 1998 Southeastern Conference regular season championship team as the squad's top pitcher. She posted 60 career wins, which as of 2015 ranks tied for sixth in the Florida Gators record book. She also, as of 2015, ranks in the program's career record book in Fewest Walks Allowed/7 inn. game (5th - 1.92), Appearances (5th - 139), Games Started (5th - 105), Complete Games (3rd - 75), Shutouts (T5th - 23), Innings Pitched (4th - 716.2), Strikeouts (9th - 380) and Strikeouts Looking (9th - 117).

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Florida International University (Sun Belt Conference) (2008–2011)
2008 Florida International 29–34 13–13
2009 Florida International 31–29 13–11
2010 Florida International 38–21 17–7
2011 Florida International 31–27 14–10
Florida International: 129–111 57–41
LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2012–Present)
2012 LSU 40–25 15–13 2nd (West) WCWS Quarterfinals
2013 LSU 42–16 15–8 1st (West) NCAA Regionals
2014 LSU 38–24 13–11 2nd (West) NCAA Regionals
2015 LSU 52–14 15–9 3rd WCWS Semifinals
2016 LSU 52–18 13–11 7th 2016 Women's College World Series
LSU: 224–97 (.698) 71–52 (.577)
Total: 353–208 (.629)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA tournament[edit]

Year School Record Winning % Notes
2012 LSU 6–3 (.667) Eliminated by Arizona State Sun Devils in WCWS Quarterfinals
2013 LSU 2–2 (.500) Eliminated by UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns in NCAA Regionals
2014 LSU 3–2 (.600) Eliminated by Arizona Wildcats in NCAA Regionals
2015 LSU 8–3 (.727) Eliminated by Michigan Wolverines in WCWS Semifinals
2016 LSU 5–1 (.833) Eliminated by Oklahoma Sooners in 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament
Totals 19–10 (.655)

See also[edit]

LSU Lady Tigers softball

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