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STAFF

RODNEY DELONG Head Coach

Rodney DeLong was named the fifth head coach in North Texas softball history on June 13, 2018.

An 11-year coaching veteran, DeLong comes to North Texas after leading Austin Peay to a program-record 39 wins in 2018, snapping a 24-year streak of losing seasons. The 39-19 record in his first season with the Governors marked a 22-win improvement, the largest in NCAA Division I softball this year. APSU won a program-record three games on its way to a school-best third-place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, and the Governors earned an at-large bid into the National Invitational Softball Championship.

Prior to Austin Peay, DeLong was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech and served as the hitting instructor and infielders coach. During the 2017 campaign, the Yellow Jackets showed improvement in 11 different offensive categories and finished the season ranked 18th nationally in home runs per game (1.02), nearly doubling their average from 2016 (0.59). Georgia Tech's defense ranked 59th nationally in double plays per game (0.40).

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DILLON BRYANT Assistant Coach

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JAMIE ALLRED Assistant Coach

Allred is in her first year as the assistant coach and pitching coach for North Texas softball.

Allred began her coaching career as the pitching coach for DeLong at APSU after playing two seasons of professional softball overseas. A member of two national championship teams, she helped the Therwill Flyers (Basel, Switzerland) and Western Magpies (Auckland, New Zealand) to national titles in their respective countries.

Led by junior pitcher Morgan Rackel, the Governors' staff ranked 13th in Division I in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.67) and posted the 32nd-best ERA (2.25) in the nation. Rackel was named third team all-region and made program history as the first player to earn NFCA All-Region honors.

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MIKE VIRAMONTEZ Volunteer Assistant Coach

Mike Viramontez is in his first year as the volunteer assistant coach of the North Texas softball team.

Viramontez spent the previous three years in the same role at Oklahoma State and Marshall and was a member of the Oklahoma State staff that was named NFCA Mid-West Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017.

While at Oklahoma State, he coached the catchers, assisted with the hitters and the infield and was the camp coordinator. The Cowgirls won over 30 games and appeared in an NCAA Regional in both his years with the team.

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