HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison University has hired Loren Messick as an assistant softball
coach, Head Coach Mickey Dean announced. Her appointment is effective immediately.
She spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Radford University under JMU's new head coach Dean, including serving as the recruiting coordinator this past season. During her time at Radford, Messick assisted Dean in leading the Highlanders to a 110-59 overall record, a 48-9 Big South Conference record and three consecutive Big South Conference Regular Seasons. During her tenure, Dean also was named the Big South Coach of the Year all three years, with him crediting his entire staff for the award. She was also a part of the 2010 Big South Tournament title and NCAA Regional Appearance, where RU picked up a pair of wins, including one over No. 24 Florida State, and finished as runner-up in the Regional.
Messick, a former Roanoke College standout, joined Radford after spending the 2009 season as an assistant coach at her alma mater. She made a successful transition from player to coach, serving as the Maroons' infield instructor and helping them to a 24-11 overall and 12-6 ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) record.
As a player, Messick enjoyed a highly successful four-year
career in a Maroon form. The four-time First Team All-ODAC shortstop left
Roanoke ranked in the top ten in sacrifice hits (2nd, 41), batting
(5th, .383), assists (5th, 233), hits (7th,
180) and runs (7th, 135). A mainstay in the starting lineup, Messick
was a key factor in Roanoke winning a pair of ODAC championships (2005 &
2006) and earning NCAA regional bids both seasons, reaching the finals in 2006.
The Maroons, who finished ranked 21st nationally in 2005 and 2006, posted an
impressive 118-38 overall and 57-15 conference record during Messick's
Messick has also served as an assistant coach with a pair of Virginia summer-club teams; the 2009 U-23 Renegades and the 2007 U-16 Northern Neck Rage.