|Alma Mater:||Florida State '15|
Lacey Waldrop enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Duke softball program in 2019 after joining the team in July 2017. Her primary responsibilities including pitching staff and player development.
Waldrop and the Blue Devils put together an impressive inaugural campaign in 2018, racking up 29 victories, including 13 within the rigorous ACC to finish seventh in the league. Highlighting the 13 conference victories were the first four ACC series wins in program history. Duke opened home ACC action with a sweep of Boston College before ending the season with three-straight series triumphs (at Notre Dame, at Virginia Tech, vs. Virginia). Waldrop's pitching prowess helped the Blue Devils helped establish themselves as one of the conference's top staffs in their inaugural season. Duke wrapped up year one with a 2.05 ERA, good for second in the ACC and 21st nationally. They also turned in a 2.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which finished fifth in the league and 86th in the NCAA. Waldrop's staff also kept opposing batters to a .238 average at the plate, finishing fifth in the ACC.
Individually, Waldrop helped develop Peyton St. George into one of the program's first two ACC All-Freshman Team selections. St. George was a key fixture in Duke’s stellar season in the circle, as the Blue Devils finished the year with the league’s second best ERA at 2.05. Behind Waldrop's leadership, St. George capped year one at 8-4 with a team-best 1.79 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 93.2 innings of work. Most impressive was her play in conference action, posting a perfect 6-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and 51 strikeouts. The righty’s 1.79 overall ERA and .227 opponent batting average both finished top 10 in the conference, while capping the year first in earned runs allowed (24) and runs allowed (37) and third in hits given up (80). St. George was one of three pitchers to post a sub-2.00 ERA in ACC play, while also standing top 10 with a .193 opponent clip. Both totals were tops amongst the league’s freshman hurlers.
Before joining the Blue Devils, Waldrop spent one season at the University of Oklahoma, where she served as a graduate student manager. Waldrop and the Sooners went 61-9, captured both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and defeated top-seeded Florida in the best-of-three NCAA championship series to win their second-consecutive Women's College World Series crown.
The two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year selection and the 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year pick at Florida State paced the Seminoles to a four-year record of 195-58 with three ACC regular season championships, two ACC Tournament crowns and four NCAA Tournament berths including one College World Series appearance in 2014. A three-time All-ACC and All-America choice, she turned in 859.2 career innings of work and posted a 109-29 record with seven saves, a 1.37 earned run average and 917 strikeouts.
Waldrop, a two-time Academic All-ACC choice and two-time ACC All-Tournament Team selection, finished her career among Florida State’s all-time leaders in pitching victories (1st), pitching appearances (170; 2nd), strikeouts (3rd) and saves (4th). In addition, she was the recipient of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in 2015 and earned 16 ACC Player of the Week citations during her heralded career. The No. 3 overall selection in the 2015 National Pro Fastball draft by the Chicago Bandits, Waldrop helped the Bandits to consecutive NPF championships in 2015 and 2016.
Born March 6, 1993, Waldrop is a native of Chester, Va., where she was an all-state star at Thomas Dale High School.