UCF Knights softball
|UCF Knights Softball|
|University||University of Central Florida|
|Head coach||Renee Luers-Gillispie (14th year)|
|Home stadium||UCF Softball Complex (Capacity: 600)|
|Colors||Black and Gold
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015|
|Conference tournament champions|
|2005, 2008, 2015|
The UCF Knights softball program represents the University of Central Florida in the sport of softball. The Knights compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the American Athletic Conference (The American). The Knights play their home games at the UCF Softball Complex on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida. The Knights are coached by head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. In the fourteen-year history of the program, the Knights have won two American regular season championships, three conference tournament championships, and have six appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
The UCF softball program was founded in 2002, under the program's only head coach, Renee Luers-Gillispie. The Knights played their first games on February 2, losing the first contest 2–3 to Bethune–Cookman, and winning their second game against Arkansas, 6–5. The program played its first four seasons in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In their last year in the conference, the Knights won their first conference tournament championship, defeating Troy twice in one day, and made their first NCAA tournament appearance. In 2005, UCF moved to Conference USA, where they remained until joining the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
The UCF Softball Complex opened on March 14, 2006, with the Knights winning two games that day, a 10–9 victory over Marshall and a 7–3 win over Furman. In 2008, Gillespie would lead the Knights to their second conference tournament championship, their first in C-USA, and their second appearance in the NCAA tournament, by defeating #9 Houston. During the tournament, UCF defeated #1 Florida 1–0. In both 2010 and 2012, Gillespie led the Knights to the NCAA tournament.
In the past decade, the Knights own nine no-hitters, including two perfect games. The first two no-hitters in program history were perfect games, and four no-hitters were pitched by Allison Kime. Stephanie Best holds the club record for batting average with .384, home runs with 71 and triples with 13. After their careers at UCF, three Knights have played in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF); Stephanie Best, Allison Kime and Breanne Javier.
|UCF Knights (Atlantic Sun) (2002–2005)|
|2005||Renee Luers-Gillispie||47–29–1||13–7||4||NCAA Regionals|
|UCF Knights (Conference USA) (2006–2013)|
|2008||Renee Luers-Gillispie||49–20||16–7||2||NCAA Regionals|
|2010||Renee Luers-Gillispie||36–23||16–7||3||NCAA Regionals|
|2012||Renee Luers-Gillispie||39–19||15–9||3||NCAA Regionals|
|UCF Knights (American Athletic Conference) (2014–present)|
|2014||Renee Luers-Gillispie||43–18||15–3||1||NCAA Regionals|
|2015||Renee Luers-Gillispie||48–7||15–2||1||NCAA Tournament|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- UCF Knights baseball
- List of University of Central Florida alumni
- List of University of Central Florida faculty and administrators
- List of NCAA Division I softball programs
- UCF Graphic Standards (PDF). UCF.edu. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
- McMurphy, Brett. "Old Big East now American Athletic". ESPN. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- 2011 UCF Knights Softball Quick Facts
- 2010 UCF Knights Softball Media Guide
- UCF Knights Softball History and Records
- UCF Conference Affiliation History
- UCF Softball Complex
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