Inzana Named Easton/NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year

Easton/NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Jim Inzana speaks with head coach Brandon Elliott in the national championship game.
Easton/NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Jim Inzana speaks with head coach Brandon Elliott in the national championship game.

Inzana Named Easton/NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Virginia Wesleyan University softball assistant coach Jim Inzana was named the 2017 recipient of the Easton/NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award.

These awards salute 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.

The winners were nominated by NFCA member coaches and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee.

Inzana, who heads into his ninth season as Virginia Wesleyan's head assistant coach, has led one of the most successful pitching staffs in Division III. Ranking consistently in the NCAA's top ten, 2017 was a banner year for the Marlin staff. They posted a nation's best 0.80 ERA playing a pivotal role in the program's first national championship. Under his guidance, staff ace Hannah Hull was named NFCA Player and Freshman of the Year.

"We call Jim the "Sandman." You bring Jim a good pitcher and he makes them great," head coach Brandon Elliott said. "Often times what is forgotten is that Jim is the "Jim of all trades" and is just as talented working with our hitters and defense as he is in the circle."

In his eight years, Inzana, who also works with the catchers and hitters, coaches first base and constructs scouting reports, has coached 12 All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, 35 All-Atlantic Region, 33 All-State & 57 All-ODAC players. That impressive group includes 12 Pitchers of the Year, 10 Players of the Year and eight Rookies of the Year.

"At VWU, Jim has developed a pitching staff, where no one pitcher gets all the glory, it's a staff thing. Fortunately for me, we have done the same thing with our coaching staff. I am blessed with the best staff in the nation and Jim and Jim Quinn have helped solidify this over the last eight years serving our program."

"Inside our program, Jim's importance to our success is no secret. What excites me the most with this great honor is that his importance is recognized outside of our program and on the national level."

Virginia Wesleyan concluded the 2017 season as the No. 1-ranked team in the country with a record of 54-3 and the first national championship in program history.