AUM’s Wilkes snares NFCAA’s assistant of the year award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (aumathletics.com) — Auburn Montgomery assistant softball coach Scottie Wilkes was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year award at the NAIA level, the league office announced Friday morning.

This award salutes the efforts of coaches from the various NFCA membership categories for their tireless dedication to the sport of softball and to the continued education, growth and development of young women, both on and off the playing field. All five of this year’s class of recipients played a pivotal role in their team’s success during the 2015-16 softball season.

Interim Athletic Director Jessie Rosa spoke highly of Wilkes on her award stating, “Scottie has played an impactful role in the success of AUM Softball over the last few years.  She puts in countless hours behind the scenes to ensure that the program and student-athletes are in a position to be successful.  We are very fortunate to have someone like her on our staff and it goes without saying that this achievement is well deserved.”

Wilkes has spent the past three years as an assistant for the softball program, and has tallied an astounding two National Championships with one final four finish. This past season, Wilkes assisted in leading the Warhawks to a school record 53 wins, while also marking program firsts in winning the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament as well as the Gulf Coast Invitational.

When asked about Wilkes, head softball coach Eric Newell had this to say, “I love that Scottie earned this award, because she is extremely humble and valuable to the success of our team. She works very hard behind the scenes and this definitely gives her the recognition she deserves.”

She was also a member of the NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year in 2015, and this past season was named the NFCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Her responsibilities include helping both the pitchers and catchers in practice and games, developing specific practice plans for pitchers and catchers and is the director of operations.

Wilkes has also played an important role with the softball program transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II. Humble in her response, she had this to say about receiving the award. “I am truly honored for this recognition. It is a blessing to work for our Head Coach Eric Newell, and our administration. Auburn University at Montgomery is a great place to be, and I am glad to bring this honor to our institution and program.”