Head Coach Vann Stuedeman
Since being hired as the Mississippi State softball head coach on Thursday, June 23, 2011, Vann Stuedeman has invigorated the Bulldog program. In three seasons, the Vestavia Hills, Ala., native has led the squad to four consecutive NCAA Tournament trips and 33 or more wins each campaign.
After becoming the winningest first-year head coach in school history (.579/33-24 record) in 2012, Stuedeman followed up with another 33-24 campaign and a second-straight NCAA Tournament bid in 2013. The 2013 Bulldogs were named an Easton Team of the Year, joining Women’s College World Series participants Florida and Texas.
Stuedeman’s 2014 edition really took off, earning a program third-best 39 victories and an MSU second-best eight wins against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs made three-straight NCAA trips for the first time since 2007-09 and had three consecutive 30-win seasons for the first time since 1998-2008.
Included in the spring of 2014’s 39 victories were three-straight victories against top-five clubs with back-to-back wins against No. 3/2 Alabama on April 12-13 and a 2-0 triumph at No. 4/4 Tennessee on April 18. It was the first time the Bulldogs had won three consecutive games against ranked foes since taking seven straight from April 9-May 13, 2004, and the first time ever winning three straight against top-five opponents.