Jennifer McFalls

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Jennifer McFalls
Personal information
Full name Jennifer Yvonne McFalls
Born November 10, 1971 (1971-11-10) (age 44)
Arlington, Texas, U.S.

Jennifer Yvonne McFalls (born November 10, 1971) is a retired professional softball player who played for Texas A&M and then went on to the U.S. National Softball Team. After her years playing softball McFalls decided to become a coach with her first position as the assistant coach at Texas A&M. Mcfalls continued to coach for many years with several different schools at many different competitive levels. She was the head coach of the National Pro Fastpitch professional softball team, the Dallas Charge for their inaugural season.

Early life[edit]

Mcfalls began to play softball at age the early age of 8. She was first introduced to softball though her family, many family members had encouraged her to play. As Mcfalls got older she moved on to more competitive leagues within the Dallas and Fort Worth area. She started to play for a team called the Everman Shadows.[1] In high school she was a multisport athlete. She played Volleyball, Soccer, and Basketball. Softball was not offered at her school so she could not play during her high school career. Although she did play in the summer on a select softball team this is where she was first recruited by Bob Brock at A&M University at the age of 16.

Collegiate career[edit]

Mcfalls attended A&M University. She graduated from A&M with a degree in kinesiology in 1997. While there she was a major component to the Women’s Softball team. McFalls was an All-American Shortstop and led her team in highest batting average all four season during her career at A&M. She also led her team in hits, total bases, and slugging percentage. McFalls was named A&M’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1994. She was also elected to the Texas A&M hall of Fame in 2001.[2] While at A&M she received the awards for All American 1993,[3] and All- South Region 1st Team during the years of 1993 and 1994.[4]

USA Softball[edit]

Mcfalls started out her Olympic career as the 1996 alternative soon after she became the world champion gold medal winner in 1998. In the following year she was the Pan American Games winner.From 1994 to 2000 she was apart of the U.S. National team. She played in several of the Olympic games. McFalls helped score the game winning run in the bottom of the eight in the victory over Japan winning 2-1.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

McFalls first began coaching career as an assistant coach for three seasons at Texas A&M from 1995-1997 and one season at the University of Oklahoma 1997-1998. After her seasons at the collegiate level McFalls went on to become the fastpitch softball academy director at Power Alley in Grand Prairie, Texas from 2002 to 2003. Shortly after McFalls took an assistant athletic director and head softball coach position at Hockday School in Dallas, Texas. She spent 2 years at the school from 2003-2005. She was then offered a position at Midlothian High School, in Midlothian Texas where she became the head coach and assistant athletic director.[6] With a winning record of 139-48 and leading her team to five consecutive playoff appearances. During her time at Midlothian High School she was also a part of the USA Softball selection committee from 2005-2010 and served as the assistant coach for Team USA at the 2010 Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship. McFalls then started to coach for the University of Texas, as the assistant coach under head coach Connie Clark.[7] Into McFalls fifth year with the Longhorns is when she was hired as the head coach for the National Pro Fastpitch team, the Dallas Charge.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leland, Gary (2014-03-13). "Jennifer McFalls Interviewed by Gary Leland". fastpitchtv.com. Gary Leland. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductee List | Texas A&M Lettermen's Association". www.aggielettermen.org. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Jennifer McFalls". USA Softball. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Jennifer McFalls". Team USA. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Jennifer McFalls Signs with Dallas Charge | DallasCharge". dallascharge.com. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Jennifer McFalls Softball Olympian | Team USA". USA Fastpitch Softball Olympians. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  7. ^ Staff, Michael Adams American-Statesman. "UT assistant picked as 1st coach for Dallas Charge". Hookem.com. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  8. ^ "The Official Website of The University of Texas Athletics". texassports.com. Retrieved 2015-12-08.