DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head softball coach Marissa Young announced on Thursday the addition of former collegiate National Player of the Year Lacey Waldrop to the Blue Devil coaching staff. Waldrop will serve as an assistant coach with primary responsibilities including pitching staff and player development.
“We are excited to add Lacey Waldrop to our coaching staff,” said Young. “I have always respected Lacey as a bright young lady who is humble and no stranger to hard work. I love she is such a fierce competitor who really understands how to connect with student-athletes and elevate their mentality to take their games to the next level. Lacey has had the opportunity to learn from two of the top programs in the country, has an understanding of what it takes to consistently win in both the ACC and NCAA Tournament and is eager to help build a championship culture here at Duke. She will play an integral role with our pitching staff and in preparing our offense for upcoming opponents.”
Waldrop joins the Duke program following one season at the University of Oklahoma, where she served as a graduate student manager as the Sooners went 61-9, captured 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 national crown.
"I'm thrilled to begin my new coaching journey at Duke,” said Waldrop. “I've known I wanted to get into coaching since I finished my collegiate career, and I couldn't have found a more perfect fit. The combination of academic and athletic excellence that Duke provides is difficult to match, and I am excited to help develop the young women who come through our program into passionate and competitive players and community members. Being a part of an inaugural program is something special, and I look forward to getting to work and making our presence known within the ACC."
A native of Chester, Va., Waldrop was a two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year selection and the 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year pick at Florida State while helping 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 three-time All-America choice, she hurled 859.2 career innings to post a record of 109-29 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.
Duke announced its plan to add softball in 2013 and hired Young as the program’s first head coach in July, 2015. Duke’s new softball stadium, located on East Campus, is scheduled to be completed this fall as the Blue Devils begin varsity competition in the spring of 2018.