Mike Forsythe
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Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery will be the first to give credit to veteran pitching coach Mike Forsythe on the vast improvement of the Lady Techster pitching staff the past two years.

Forsythe, who teamed up with first year assistant coach Bianca Duran in 2017, helped guide the Lady Techster staff to one of its best years over the past two decades.

Behind all-conference performances from sophomores Krystal De La Cruz (first team all-CUSA, Newcomer of the Year) and Preslee Gallaway (2nd team all-CUSA), Louisiana Tech totaled 38 victories (the most since 1995), captured the West Division title, and won the 2017 Conference USA Tournament title.

Tech made its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2008, participating in the Tuscaloosa Regional. Much of the credit for the 2017 success goes to the LA Tech pitching staff.

“Mike is one of the best in the business,” said Montgomery. “He always has been. We have a pretty young pitching staff and yet Mike and Bianca were able to get them to pitch like veterans, especially down the stretch in a lot of close, meaningful games. The players love him and have a great connection with him. There is a comfort level and a trust level that is invaluable.”

De La Cruz and Gallaway became the first LA Tech pitching duo to earn all-conference honors in the same season while De La Cruz became only the third LA Tech pitcher to ever earn first team all-conference honors (2 of the 3 have come under Forsythe).

The duo teamed up with junior Bailey Allen (2016 1st team all-CUSA) and freshman Jenny Chapman to toss 18 shutouts (the most since 1999) and record a 2.48 earned run average (the third lowest in the last 20 years). They were especially tough in the C-USA Tournament combining to throw 24 innings without allowing an earned run during a 24-hour period to record wins over WKU (1-0, 10 innings), regular season league champion Marshall (4-2) and FIU (1-0 in title game).

During his first season in Ruston in 2016, Forsythe mentored a Tech staff that included Allen and Gallaway. Allen became only the second LA Tech pitcher to ever earn first team all-conference accolades -- one of only three pitches on the Conference USA first team.

Forsythe sports an impressive resume with coaching experience at four other colleges, including stints at Southern Connecticut State, Quinnipiac, Fordham and most recently at Northern Colorado -- where he spent five seasons, including two with Montgomery. He also spent time coaching with the Akron Racers Women's National Pro Fastpitch League.

Forsythe has had success at every stop, making immediate impacts. His resume also includes coaching a USA Softball 2010 Top 10 Player of the Year finalist in Jen Mineau and being tabbed as a member of the 2010 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year.


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