Carman-Ainsworth grad earns 700th college victory

MSU softball coach and Carman-Ainsworth grad Jacquie Joseph talks with a player at the plate.

MSU softball coach and Carman-Ainsworth grad Jacquie Joseph talks with a player at the plate.

EAST LANSING — Jacquie Joseph has come a long way since graduating from Carman-Ainsworth in 1980. The current head softball coach at Michigan State University earned her 700th career coaching victory earlier this month against Niagara.

Joseph is in her 20th season as head coach at MSU and has 565 career wins for the Spartans. Prior to coming to State, Jospeh spent five years at Bowling Green and earned 136 wins against 133 losses.

She took Bowling Green to the National College Athletic Association Regional in 1993 and followed that up by taking the Spartans to the NCAA Regional round in 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2004.

Joseph led Bowling Green to its first Mid-American Conference title in 1993 and was named MAC Coach of the Year. Prior to joining the Falcons, Jospeh spent one year at Indiana University and two years at her alma mater, Central Michigan University. In her two years at Central, she helped guide the Chippewas to backto back MAC titles.

In 2002, Joseph was inducted into the Carman-Ainsworth High School Hall of Fame as a member of the 1980 state championship team and was inducted as an individual in 2005.

After graduating from Carman- Ainsworth, Joseph went on to Central Michigan where she led the Chips to three MAC titles and three National Tournament appearances. She was a two-time First team All-MAC selection.

Since taking over the Spartans, Joseph has led the program to three 40-win seasons and nine 30-win seasons. She has coached six All- Americans and seven Acadmic All- Americans. She led the Spartans to their first Big Ten Tournament title in 2004 and became the first MSU coach to lead the Spartans to back-toback NCAA appearances.

Joseph served a four-year term as a member of the NCAA softball committee in 2002 and she served as president of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for four years, ending in 1998.

In her spare time she likes to golf and has authored two books; Defensive Softball Drills and The Baffled Parent’s Guide to Coaching Youth Softball. She has also made five softball videos; Drills for Successful Catching, Hitting Mechanics and Drills, Complete Defense for All Positions, Strength and Conditioning and Defensive Softball Drills.

The Spartans struggled to an 11-42 finish last season including 0-27 in the Big Ten, but have started this season 13-7 overall.

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