POSTED: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:56pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 12:58pm
BATON ROUGE, La — Lindsay Leftwich has been selected to join the LSU softball staff as an assistant coach Friday as announced by head coach Beth Torina. The former Northwestern State standout spent the previous four seasons in the same position under Torina at Florida International.
Leftwich was with Torina every step of the way as the Golden Panthers collected 14 All-Sun Belt selections sparked by a sweep of the league’s 2010 postseason awards where Kasey Barrett picked up the SBC’s Pitcher of the Year, Ashley McClain notched SBC Player of the Year and Brie Rojas secured SBC Freshman of the Year status. McClain also has come away with National Fastpitch Coaches Association [NFCA] All-South Region First-Team honors in each of the last two seasons.
FIU posted a 38-21 record and claimed the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament bid and first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in 2010. The Golden Panthers improved their win total during three of her four seasons and she aided Torina to a pair of SBC Coach of the Year awards.
“I’m really excited to add Lindsay to the staff,” Torina said. “She has been an asset to me in building a successful program at FIU, and I know she will continue to have a huge impact at LSU. She is extremely positive, enthusiastic and brings a great deal of knowledge to the table in all facets of the game. I’m excited about completing the staff and moving forward with continuing LSU softball’s winning tradition.”
Prior to FIU, Leftwich served as a graduate assistant at New Mexico. She was in charge of softball operations and assisted with daily coaching duties during the 2007 season. In 2006, Leftwich worked as the pitching coach at Wichita State where she helped the Shockers compile a 35-23 record.
Leftwich, a native of Houston, Texas, opened her coaching career as a student assistant at Northwestern State. She aided in coaching the offense and catchers in addition to playing an instrumental role in recruiting, fundraising, alumni relations and camps.
Leftwich enjoyed a three-year playing career with the Demons highlighted by NFCA All-Southeast Region, All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana Second-Team selections in 2002.
NSU racked up a program-record 45 victories en route to a NCAA Tournament berth during the 2002 campaign. Leftwich drove home 44 RBIs which are currently tied for third-most in program history for a single season, while her 123 assists on the infield paced the Southland Conference.
During her career, Leftwich added five Southland Conference along with a pair of Louisiana Sports Writers Association [LSWA] Hitter of the Week awards. She finished her career ranked fifth in both home runs and RBIs at NSU after a back injury held her out of her senior season.
An excellent student-athlete, Leftwich garnered numerous academic accolades, including Verizon Academic All-District Team recognition in 2002 and 2004 and NFCA Scholar Athlete recognition from 2001-04. In 2005, she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in art and substance abuse prevention.