UNLV Hires Lisa Dodd As Head Softball Coach
June 21, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UCLA standout student-athlete and University of Oregon assistant coach Lisa Dodd has been named the new head coach of the UNLV softball program, Director of Athletics Jim Livengood announced Thursday.
"I am excited to welcome Lisa Dodd to UNLV," said Livengood. "She is going to be an outstanding addition to the Rebel coaching family, and she will do a tremendous job heading up our softball program. Her background is absolutely impeccable with regards to her knowledge of the sport and leading young ladies into becoming better young people.
Dodd has spent the past nine seasons playing and/or coaching on the NCAA Division I level - four at UCLA (2004-07) and five as an assistant coach, reaching the postseason each year. Her teams have advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals six times (the Super Regionals were implemented during the 2005 season) and the Women's College World Series on five occasions. She also helped UCLA win the national championship in 2005. Overall, she owns a career record of 388-139, which translates to a .736 winning percentage.
"First, I'd like to thank Jim Livengood and President Neal Smatresk for giving me this opportunity," said Dodd. "I'm extremely excited to be joining the Rebel family and to become a part of the great history and tradition of UNLV. I'm looking forward to hitting the recruiting trail, getting started and preparing for the upcoming season."
The San Diego native comes to UNLV after spending the past three seasons at Oregon (2010-12), where she helped head coach Mike White build the Duck softball program into a perennial power by achieving at least 36 wins each year and back-to-back third-place finishes in the Pac-12. After being named an assistant, she helped UO return to national prominence with a combined record of 123-55 and three consecutive trips to the postseason. The Ducks reached the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals all three seasons before upping the ante in 2012 with a visit to the Women's College World Series and a program-best No. 5 final ranking in both collegiate polls.
Prior to her three-year stay at Oregon, Dodd was an assistant at Nevada, Reno in 2009. She helped the Wolf Pack to an overall record of 40-19 and a trip to the NCAA Regionals. UNR also garnered a share of the WAC title following a 15-5 conference campaign.
After a stellar playing career at UCLA, she spent one year as a graduate assistant for her alma mater. The Bruins finished second overall in Pac-10 play en route to being the second seed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. UCLA ended the season in Oklahoma City at the Women's College World Series.
In Westwood, Dodd was a three-time All-Region and All-Pac-10 Conference selection after she was selected as the 2003 Gatorade Prep State and National Player of the Year for University City High School. She split time in the circle and at first base for the Bruins and tallied 176 hits, 65 of which went for extra bases, 129 RBI and 89 runs. As a pitcher, she owned a record of 41-11 in 60 appearances and a total of 337.2 innings pitched. She racked up 233 strikeouts with 40 complete games in 57 starts. As a senior in 2007, she hit .369 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI and was an NFCA Second Team All-American, All-Pacific Region First Team selection and All-Pac-10 First Team honoree.
She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in women's studies from UCLA in 2008.
What They Are Saying About Lisa Dodd:
Former UCLA Head Coach & NFCA Hall of Famer Sue Enquist: "I am thoroughly excited for UNLV Softball and its new head coach Lisa Dodd. She was one of UCLA's most talented champions. She has a great knowledge of the game, is an outstanding teacher and an excellent recruiter. Equally as important, she has a love for the game to inspire others to individual and team excellence."
UCLA Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez: "Lisa Dodd was a standout Bruin on the field and a great asset as an undergraduate coach for UCLA Softball. I have no doubt she will excel as the head coach of her own program. She has an unbelievable passion for the game and a championship experience as a pitcher, hitter, infielder and outfielder. I'm proud to see another Bruin stay in the game as a collegiate head coach."
Nevda, Reno Head Coach Matt Meuchel: "UNLV got one of the best young coaches out there in Lisa Dodd. She has a great mind for the game and is a tireless worker. Every program she has been a part of has had a lot of success and she knows how to get the most out of her players."