Incoming freshman and Florida State softball signee Victoria Daddis earns top honor while also garnering first-team accolades
Rising senior Kelly Hensley is joined by three other Seminoles in Bailey Schinella, Jessica Nori and Monica Perry on the 2013 All-ACC Academic Softball Team
No. 23 Florida State softball defeats Virginia Tech on the road to sweep the series and clinch the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship
No. 23 Florida State softball earns big road wins over Virginia Tech courtesy of freshman Victoria East's game-winning two-run homer in game one
Seminole softball heads to Blacksburg, Va. three games ahead in first-place in the ACC
Career Record: 368-255-1
Through five stellar years as the head coach at Florida State University, Lonni Alameda has upheld the proud tradition of Seminole softball in guiding FSU to five consecutive trips to the NCAA softball championship.
It was in her last coaching season in 2013, however, where she made her biggest splash yet. The Seminoles reached the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2006 following a miraculous comeback against South Alabama in the Mobile Regional championship game. The five-run comeback with two outs in the top of the seventh against the 13th-seeded Jaguars personified the team's never-say-die attitude under Alameda.
And it was in that 2013 year that Alameda may have produced her best coaching season yet. The Seminoles began the season derailed by some difficult early-season injuries to prominent student-athletes. Somehow, some way, Florida State managed to push through and accomplish an enormous list of feats. With the team reeling after some harsh early-season setbacks, Alameda was able to keep 23 players calm and focused en route to an unforgettable year.
The Seminoles finished their 2013 campaign with a 44-19 record and an unprecedented 18-2 mark in ACC play to earn the program's 11th ACC regular-season title. Alameda earned her first ACC Coach of the Year award while coaching a school-record four All-ACC First Team selections. Morgan Bullock's second-team pick gave Florida State five All-ACC selections total, tying the 2007 team's record.
As the pitching coach, Alameda was influential on one of the most dynamic duos in the nation in Lacey Waldrop and Monica Perry. Waldrop earned NFCA Third-Team All-America honors, the first at Florida State since 2009, while Perry emerged as the most dominant pitcher in ACC play. The two helped the Seminoles finish 10th nationally for the second straight year in earned run average at 1.82, and helped guide Florida State to a 14th-place finish in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll and a No. 15 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Poll. The rankings are the team's highest since 2004.
Alameda, who began her coaching stint in Tallahassee in 2009, has helped FSU softball continue its streak of reaching the NCAA Tournament in 14 consecutive seasons - every year since the new millennium in 2000. FSU is one of just 11 Division I collegiate softball programs to make the NCAA postseason in every season since then.
In 2012, the Seminoles achieved a mark of 47-16, their most wins since going 62-12 in 2004. Alameda led FSU to a 15-13 record against NCAA postseason teams throughout the year, which included nationally-ranked victories over 14th-ranked UCLA, 23rd-ranked North Carolina twice and Women's College World Series participant LSU.
Since arriving at FSU, Alameda has earned 18 Top 25 victories. Her final signature win of the 2012 year came at the Los Angeles Regional, when the Seminoles knocked off host UCLA in a 2-1 victory. The win was FSU's 50th NCAA Tournament victory in its illustrious history. The program now has 53 NCAA postseason victories.
As the team's pitching coach, Alameda's influence on FSU starters Lacey Waldrop and Monica Perry was enormous in 2012. Both pitchers finished in the Top 30 nationally in earned run average, making FSU one of just five programs to have multiple pitchers in the top 30. Each hurler earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors twice, and were named to the All-ACC squad. As a unit, the Seminoles finished 10th in the country with a 1.53 team ERA.
In just her third season as head coach at Florida State, Alameda helped the Seminole softball program snap a seven-year ACC title drought to highlight an entertaining 2011 season. Despite making the conference tournament in Atlanta as the No. 4 seed, it was Alameda's season-long coaching tactics combined with the energy of her motivated group that enabled the Seminoles to storm through the competition and defeat second-seeded North Carolina, 4-1, to clinch an automatic NCAA Regional bid.
Under Alameda's guidance, the 2011 Seminoles created a noteworthy program achievement - for the first time in school history, FSU softball reached 12 consecutive NCAA Regionals. Her group also won two games in the Athens Regional, defeating Georgia State and UAB, to get to the final day of a regional for the first time since 2006.
Alameda came to Florida State prior to the 2009 season and went on to surpass 200 career coaching victories in her first year in Tallahassee (she picked up her 300th win on March 17, 2012 against Fairfield). The Seminoles finished the 2009 campaign with a 44-16 record and achieved the best conference record in school history at the time with a 17-4 league mark. In her second season as head coach, Alameda led the Seminoles to a 44-18 record and second-consecutive appearance in not just the ACC Championship game but the NCAA Tournament.
Since Alameda has made Tallahassee her home, she has now led the Seminoles to four ACC Championship game appearances in five seasons.
In 2010, FSU earned a spot in the field of 64 and made its 11th-straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The Seminoles hit the road for their regional and played in Athens, Ga. before falling to Georgia and Radford.
Before traveling to the Peach State, FSU was on the campus of Virginia Tech for the 2010 ACC Softball Championship. While in Blacksburg, Va., the 'Noles beat Maryland and the host Hokies before losing to Georgia Tech in the title game. At the time, FSU's championship-game appearance marked the 14th time in school history it had the chance to play for a title - a total number that is more than any other school in the conference.
Under Alameda's tutelage, the 2010 Seminoles accomplished a lot of statistical feats. Not only did FSU get off to its best start since 1993 by starting the year 20-2, but the team capped off the year with high marks in a bevy of categories. The Seminoles' .297 batting average was the best since 2003 and the team's 212 total walks were the most since the 2004 season, just to name a few. The 'Noles also posted just 226 strikeouts at the plate; the fewest since the 1998 campaign.
Individually, Alameda coached several FSU student-athletes who earned recognition for their hard work on the field and in the classroom. Carly Wynn was named an All-ACC First Team selection and Terese Gober, Sarah Hamilton and Ashley Stager were each placed on the All-ACC Second Team. Robin Ahrberg, Tiffani Brown and Hamilton each got the nod on the ACC's All-Tournament team, too. Wynn and Hamilton also captured Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Southeast Region Second Team honors. Wynn was even named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team.
Adding to Alameda's on and off-field influence, Hamilton became just one of two conference players in 2011 to be named to the All-ACC Team on three different occasions. Shayla Jackson and Jen Lapicki joined Hamilton on the 2011 all-conference squad. In 2012, four more student-athletes made the All-ACC Team under Alameda's watch including Tiffani Brown, Briana Hamilton, Perry and Waldrop. Brown and Shayla Jackson also were named to the NFCA All-Southeast Region Second Team.
Aside from the five total All-ACC Team members in 2013, Alameda coached her first ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year when Kelly Hensley was recognized for the honor. Hensley also was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team.
In 2011, Sarah Hamilton ended her illustrious career as one of the best pitchers in school history, with Alameda playing a large role in her success. Among her noteworthy feats, Hamilton became the first hurler in FSU history to finish with at least 1,000 career strikeouts, ending her four-year stay with 1,005 K's.
For her team's exploits on the field in 2009, Alameda and the Seminoles had the opportunity to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004 season. Alameda coached several Seminoles that garnered postseason awards as Hamilton was named a Third Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-American as a sophomore. Hamilton was also named ACC Pitcher of the Year, an ACC First Team member and to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region Team. Then-senior catcher Kaleigh Rafter was also named to the team and was an All-ACC First Team member. Wynn and Gober (both second team) were also student-athletes coached by Alameda who were recognized as All-ACC players.
An All-Big Eight selection as a player at Oklahoma, Alameda came to FSU from UNLV, where she spent five seasons reviving the Rebels' program. She replaced Dr. JoAnne Graf, who retired after 30 seasons with the Seminoles.
Alameda carries an impressive coaching résumé on the international level and, since 2004, has helped in the development of Canada's National Team. She aided Canada up until the 2004 Summer Olympics and resumed as an assistant following the Rebels' 2005 season. In the summer of 2006, Canada qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, after its strong showing in the World Championships. Alameda spent the summer of 2008 with the Canadian team which ended its quest for the gold with a fourth-place finish at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Prior to Alameda's arrival at UNLV, the Rebels had seven straight seasons below .500 and hadn't participated in NCAA Regional play since 1996. In 2005, just her second season at the helm of the program, Alameda guided UNLV to a 44-19 record, including a program-best 17 Mountain West Conference wins, and a trip to Los Angeles for NCAA Regionals. Alameda was named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and again in 2007 and the entire staff garnered NFCA West Regional Coaching Staff of the Year in 2005.
After a second place finish in the Mountain West in 2007 and an overall 37-27 record, Alameda and UNLV had high hopes for 2008 and had the Rebels ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll for the first time in program history. After starting the season 9-1-1, the Rebels moved up to No. 18 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll, but injuries to four starters proved costly as the season progressed.
Alameda went 25-35 in her first season at UNLV, which was a four-game improvement over 2003's final tally. She then posted a staggering 44-19 mark in 2005 and the program's first trip to NCAA Regionals since 1996. In 2006, the squad was set back by injuries and fell to 26-37, but saw a 180-degree turnaround in 2007.
The 2005 season featured the Rebels' assault on the program's record book, appearances in the national rankings and the introduction of several conference and national award winners. The 44 wins were the third-most in the program's history, while the 17 Mountain West Conference wins were the most-ever since joining the league in 1999. After being predicted to finish last in the league, UNLV excelled, placing second in the league in both the regular season and Mountain West Conference tournament.
Under Alameda's direction, the Rebels enjoyed recognition at the conference and regional level. Five Rebels have garnered Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Regional honors while 13 players have earned all-Mountain West Conference accolades, including two pitchers of the year and one freshman of the year awards.
To Alameda, academics are just as important as on-the-field production. Since taking over the program, the Rebels had 58 Academic All-MWC honorees. Over that time span, the team had 10 or more honored four times, including 11 softball student-athletes in 2008. The softball program had 21 MWC Scholar-Athletes selected, as well.
In her five seasons at Florida State, Alameda's academic priorities have been apparent. She has coached one ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year, two academic All-Americans, three NCAA postgraduate scholarship award winners, seven academic all-district team members and 16 All-ACC Academic Team players.
During her tenure at UNLV, Alameda also stressed the importance of community service and had players volunteer their time at the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and Child Haven while participating in breast cancer walks and blood drives. Her emphasis has not changed since arriving at FSU, with the 2011 Seminole Squad earning honors such as the SemiGnome Award for community service and routinely producing standout student-athletes who are honored for their charitable ways. One of those players was Kelly Hensley who was awarded a 2013 Top Six For Service honor.
Alameda came to Las Vegas after eight seasons as the assistant coach at Stanford University, where she helped guide the Cardinal to a 320-179-1 record and six straight NCAA Regional appearances. She oversaw the pitching staff there and produced three All-Americans: Becky Blevins, Marcy Crouch and Dana Sorenson.
Prior to her stint at Stanford, Alameda spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Barry University (Miami Shores, Fla.). She helped the Buccaneers to a fifth-place NCAA Division II finish in her first year. She also spent some time on the international stage, serving as an instructor for both the Aruba (1995) and Spanish (2000) national teams.
An all-around great athlete, Alameda began her collegiate career as a pitcher at St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas) where she led the Rattlers to the NAIA Tournament in her only season. She later transferred to Oklahoma in 1989 and played softball and volleyball for the Sooners. She was a two-time All-Big Eight selection as a first and third baseman, while hitting .359 as a senior in 1992.
Alameda earned her bachelor's degree in communications from Oklahoma in 1993 and played softball professionally in Europe for a season before beginning her coaching career.