June 4, 2014

McCall named softball head coach at Coker

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Assistant softball coach Travis McCall has been an integral part of King University's transition into NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas. Earlier this week, it was announced that he will become the next head coach at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.

"I'm very thankful to have had the chance to be a part of the King family the past three years," McCall stated. "I've had a chance to work with some amazing people during my time here and will definitely miss those individuals."

In his three seasons at King, McCall helped the Tornado win the Conference Carolinas Tournament title in their first year in the league, earning the school's first-ever NCAA Softball Tournament bid in their second year of eligibility. That season of 2012 saw the Tornado rack up a school-record 34 wins en route to the tournament championship.

"Travis McCall has been a huge asset to both myself and this University," head softball coach Jenn Testa said. "His work with the softball program for the past three seasons speaks for itself. He has been an instrumental part to our success on and off the field and I have no doubts that he is ready for this new chapter in his life. Coker has definitely chosen the right person to lead their program and I look forward to watching him do great things as a head coach."

King built off the momentum gained with the tournament championship as they cruised through the Conference Carolinas regular season with a league mark of 17-3 to earn their first Conference Carolinas regular season championship by three games in 2013. However, the Tornado came up short in the conference tournament, finishing third.

"Travis has done a tremendous job as our assistant coach and made significant contributions to our program the past three seasons," athletic director David Hicks said. "He has been an integral part of a program that has won a Conference Carolinas regular season championship, a tournament championship and runner-up finishes in the past three seasons. He has the skills and experience to be an outstanding head coach, and I have no doubts he will be successful at Coker."

This past season, McCall helped lead the Tornado to a runner-up finish in the regular season before finishing second in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. King finished the season with an overall record of 29-26 while going 11-5 in conference play.

"I would like to thank David Hicks for giving me a chance to be a part of a great athletic department," McCall continued. "I'd also like to thank Jennifer Testa for giving me the opportunity to grow as a coach and help build this program over the last three seasons."

In his three years at King, McCall helped coach 14 all-conference performers, 10 of which were named to the All-Conference Carolinas first team. Under his tutelage, pitcher Hannah Light was twice named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year, and second team Daktronics All-Southeast Region.