Texas assistant softball coach Jennifer McFalls was announced the head coach of National Pro Fastpitch’s expansion franchise, the Dallas Charge.
The Dallas Charge is NPF’s fifth franchise and will start play this summer on June. 3 and join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion and defending champions the USSSA Pride. The Charge is Texas’ first professional softball franchise since the Texas Thunder, based in Houston, left for Rockford, Ill. prior to the 2007 season.
There were six former Longhorns on NPF rosters for the 2014 season. Cat Osterman, Megan Willis, Blaire Luna and Bre’jae Washington all played for the USSSA Pride, Mandy Ogle played for the Rebellion and Nadia Taylor played for the Racers. Former Central Texas high school standout Haley Outon (Pflugerville, ’10) was also on the Racers’ roster last season.
McFalls is in her fifth season on head coach Connie Clark’s staff and is a former USA Softball standout and member of the 2000 Olympic gold medal team in Sydney, Australia.
During her time at Texas, the Grand Prairie native has helped coach eight National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Americans, 21 NFCA All-Region selections and 24 All-Big 12 Conference picks.
“I am thankful to have the support from the University of Texas and coach Connie Clark to coach in the NPF this summer,” McFalls said. “Everyone is excited about Texas getting a professional team and continuing the growth of softball.”
As a player, McFalls was an All-American shortstop at Texas A&M, leading the Aggies in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage in all four seasons with the Aggies. She is a member of the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.
After college, McFalls was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000 and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning in the 2000 Olympic gold medal game.
The Dallas Charge will kickoff it’s inaugural season at home on June 3 against the Pennsylvania Rebellion. The 2015 NPF Draft is March 31. For more information about the Dallas Charge, visit dallascharge.com.
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