Lady Techsters end season at 38-24
Lady Techsters face Minnesota Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Lady Techsters play Saturday at 4 p.m.
LA Tech softball pitching coach has made a difference in the staff
LA Tech (37-22) joins host Alabama along with Minnesota and Albany to form one of 16 four-team fields
Since his arrival in Ruston, he has brought a philosophy of developing the complete student-athlete, and his players have embraced this culture.
His philosophy has already proven successful both on and off the diamond. During his first four seasons, Montgomery has led the Lady Techsters to three winning seasons, including back-to-back 30-plus win seasons the past two years -- the first time LA Tech has accomplished this feat since 1999.
Montgomery has posted a mark of 109-98 since coming to Tech and a career collegiate head coaching record of 439-420 in 17 seasons, 15 of those on the Division I level.
His players have also won numerous awards for their play on the field, their work in the classroom and their contributions in the community. In the past three years, Lady Techster softball players Natalie Moran, Janine Godwin and Kristen Miles have each earned the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award, designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.
Godwin was also named the Conference USA recipient of the 2015 Woman of the Year Award, one of 57 NCAA Division I female student-athletes from across the country honored with the recognition. Former Techster Erin Kipp was named an Academic All-American during Montgomery's first season in Ruston.
On the field, Montgomery's players have also seen significant recognition. Six Lady Techsters have earned C-USA All-Frosh team honors the past three years -- the most of any team in C-USA -- while Tech placed eight on the league's first- and second-teams (including both WAC and C-USA). Former Techster Anna Cross was named the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2013.
This past season freshman outfielder Morgan Turkoly, the program's first Top 100 signee, set Louisiana Tech freshman records for runs scored in a season, home runs, RBI, walks, total bases and slugging percentage.
Montgomery has also received recognition for his coaching style during his time at LA Tech. He received the Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Coaches Choice Award in 2013-14. The SAAC Coaches Choice Award recognizes a coach that is committed to fostering student-athlete development and welfare through a positive athletic and academic atmosphere. Each C-USA institution selects a nominee and then voting is done by the conference SAAC representatives during its annual in-person meeting.
As a team, the Lady Techsters came within percentage points of winning the 2016 Conference USA West Division while breaking more than 10 single season team offensive marks, including runs, RBI, home runs, extra base hits and walks. Last season also saw Tech play 10 games against teams played in the NCAA Tournament, posting three wins. In the seven losses to those teams, Tech led in the fifth inning or later in three more games.
Montgomery wasted little time in making an impact in his first year in Ruston in 2013 as he guided the Lady Techsters to a 27-26 record and the program's highest finish ever in the Western Athletic Conference. LA Tech hosted the league postseason tournament as the No. 3 seed during the 2013 campaign.
Tech posted an 11-10 mark in WAC play, only the fourth time in the 12-year affiliation that the Lady Techsters finished above .500 in the highly-competitive conference.
Following the graduation of a large senior class, Montgomery's second season in Ruston and Louisiana Tech's first competing in the highly-competitive Conference USA was a transition one for the program. Tech posted a 19-33 record with six losses to Top 25 teams, including a 1-0 setback against 7th ranked Kentucky.
Off the field, Louisiana Tech softball received national recognition as eight Lady Techsters earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athletes following the season.
In 2015 Montgomery coached Louisiana Tech to their first 30-win season since 2008 -- a 31-19 campaign -- capped off by a trip to the Conference USA Tournament in Miami, Fla.
Montgomery came to Louisiana Tech after spending two years at NAIA Georgetown (Ky.) College, eight years at Centenary College and two years at Northern Colorado. He has won 357 career games on the college level.
The Kentucky native has led his teams to 10 winning seasons during his 15 years, including nine seasons of 30 or more wins, while guiding Centenary to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005. During his time at Centenary (2003-2010), Montgomery won 216 games, including victories over Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, Minnesota, Syracuse, Boston College and New Mexico.
Montgomery led the Ladies to the program's first winning season in 13 years in 2004 and a program record-tying 36 victories as Centenary captured the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship and advanced to the school's first ever NCAA Tournament. Centenary led top-ranked Arizona late in the game before eventually falling 2-1 to the Wildcats.
The following season saw Montgomery and the Ladies win 31 games, capture their second straight Mid-Continent Tournament title and return to the NCAA Tournament. One six-year stretch in Shreveport saw Centenary win 30 or more games five times. During his time at Centenary, Montgomery coached 23 all-conference players, two conference newcomers of the year, one conference pitcher of the year, two conference tournament MVPs and several conference all-tournament players.
Following Centenary's decision to drop down to Division III, Montgomery accepted the head coaching position at Northern Colorado where he led the program to back-to-back second place finishes in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Mountain Division (2nd place) each season while being named the PCSC Mountain Division Coach of the Year in 2011. The 2012 team won a school record 25 games and broke 21 school records, including wins, batting average and extra base hits.
Montgomery's teams have always been highly successful away from the softball diamond as each one of them has registered a team grade point average above 3.0 for the past 15 years. His 2001 team at Georgetown College posted a cumulative GPA that ranked in the top 10 of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Academic Teams. His Northern Colorado team in 2012 finished ranked No. 2 in the country in team GPA.
Prior to his collegiate coaching experience, Montgomery served as the softball coach at Lafayette (Ky.) High School where he won seven district titles, five regional titles and one state championship title while posting a 170-73 record.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky in 1992 and his master's degree from Georgetown College in 2000.
Montgomery and his wife Melanie have three daughters: Bailey, Emma and Adrienne.
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