Thursday, 22 June 2017
Banner
Portland State Hires Barb Sherwood as Head Softball Coach
Written by Ryan McCall    Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:32   

Barb Sherwood

PORTLAND – The Portland State Athletics Departments has announced the hiring of Barb Sherwood as its new Head Softball Coach.

"Barb is an excellent addition to PSU's coaching staff," Portland State Director of Athletics Torre Chisholm said of Sherwood's hire. "She has worked hard to prepare herself to be a head coach and that effort will benefit our student-athletes and program. I want to commend the search chair, Associate AD Jeff Pritsker, and his committee for their outstanding work on this hire."

Sherwood, who has been the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Tech for the past five seasons, becomes the fourth head coach in the programs Division I history. She takes over a PSU Program that has won five conference championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight years.

Portland State went 25-31 overall and 14-4 in Big Sky Conference in 2013. The Vikings ended the season as co-regular season champions before winning the inaugural Big Sky Softball Tournament earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

"I'm incredibly excited about working at Portland State and being involved in the softball program," Sherwood said. "I would like to thank Torre Chisholm for the opportunity to be a part of a strong athletic program. I look forward to the future and moving forward in a positive direction. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to work at PSU."

Sherwood spent six years on the Hokie coaching staff as the pitching coach. She also doubled as the lead recruiter for the Hokies and in the summer of 2009, she served as the head coach of the NPF's Akron Racers. As the field manager of the Racers, she led the team to a second-place finish in the regular season, while the entire staff earned NPF Coaching Staff of the Year honors. She was also an integral part in helping the Tech staff earn NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors in both 2012 and 2013.

In her first season at Tech, despite having only two healthy arms to work for a majority of the season, she helped lead the Hokies to 28 wins including eight shutouts. She also guided Kenzie Roark to 22 wins and helped lower her ERA almost a full point from the previous season. In 2010, Roark came on strong late and earned ACC All-Tournament honors. In 2011, her two main pitchers combined to win 31 games and tied the school record for saves in a season.

In 2012, Jasmin Harrell won 31 games with a career-low ERA and earned second-team all-region as well as state pitcher of the year honors. Last year, a trio of pitchers helped lead Tech to the NCAA Regional Finals and helped produce upset wins over nationally ranked UCLA, Arizona, Michigan and Kentucky during the season. She helped the Hokies to a 170-123 (.580) record over five seasons and led a pitching staff to a 3.00 ERA over the span. They went 38-21 in 2012.

Prior to Virginia Tech, Sherwood spent a season as the pitching and catching coach at Florida State University, but after long-time head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf retired following the season, she became a top candidate for Tech's open position on the staff. Before her season at FSU, the Pensacola, Fla., native spent two seasons with the University of Wisconsin as an assistant and serving as the pitching and catching coach.

Sherwood began her coaching career at Troy University in 1998 as a student assistant coach, but quickly moved to the graduate assistant level the following year. Upon receiving her Master's degree in education in 2000, the former four-year letterwinning catcher and team captain was named the top assistant at her alma mater. Sherwood also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Trojans, adding top players such as Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year Jocelyn McCallum and four-year Canadian National Team catcher Tamra Howren.

During the 2005 season, Sherwood's pitchers achieved a notable 1.45 ERA with two individuals notching 20 wins. That year, both pitchers were named all-conference performers as well. In 2006 Sherwood made the leap from Alabama to Wisconsin to join the Badgers' coaching staff as an assistant and the pitching and catching coach. While there, Wisconsin's pitching staff ERA was ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten for the 2007 season.

In her lone season at Florida State, she helped senior pitcher Tiffany McDonald earn All-ACC honors as she posted 18 wins and 244 strikeouts in leading FSU to the NCAA Tournament.

Sherwood earned a degree in physical education from Troy in 1999 and a Master's in education in 2000. She was a three-time team captain and helped lead the Trojans to the 1996 Mid-Continent Conference championship and a berth in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

A native of Pensacola, Fla., Sherwood graduated from Escambia High and was named Miss Escambia in 1994.

EDUCATION
Troy University, 2000 (MS, Education)
Troy University, 1999 (BS, Physical Education)

COACHING EXPERIENCE:
2008-2013 – Virginia Tech, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2007-2008 – Florida State, Assistant Coach
2005-2007 – Troy University, Assistant Coach
1996-2005 – Troy University, Director/Assistant Director of Softball Camps
1999-2000 – Troy University, Graduate Assistant

--
Ryan McCall
Assistant Media Relations Director, Portland State University

Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Softball
PH: 503.725.5744 | CELL: 503.473.4154

 

Photo Galleries

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
prev
next

2013 Tour Championship Day 2

ALOHA, Ore. - The Golf Channel Am Tour of Portland conducted the final round of Portland Tour Championship on Sunday on the South Course at the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club Photos Courtesy of Oregon Sports...

Read more

2013 Tour Championship Day 1

ALOHA, Ore. - The Golf Channel Am Tour of Portland conducted their annual Portland Tour Championship on Saturday on the North Course at the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club Photos Courtesy of Oregon Sports...

Read more

2013 Oregon Masters

WOODBURN, Ore. - The Golf Channel Am Tour of Portland conducted their annual Oregon Masters event at the home of golf in Oregon, the OGA Golf Course on Sunday Photos Courtesy of Oregon Sp...

Read more

2013 Member-Guest Championship

BANKS - Golf Channel Am Tour of Portland held their annual Member-Guest Championship at Quail Valley Golf Course on Sunday under cloudy skies and temps in the 70's on the day. Photos by Or...

Read more

2013 Washington Invitational

Stevenson, WA - Golf Channel Am Tour of Portland held their annual Washington Invitational at the scenic Skamania Lodge Golf Course at Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge on Saturday. Photos by Oregon Sports...

Read more

Pumpkin Ridge Shootout - 2013

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. - Golf Channel Am Tour in Portland held their annual Pumpkin Ridge Shootout at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on the Ghost Creek Course on Friday, July 12th. Photos by Oregon...

Read more

Portland Open Championship - 2013

SUNRIVER - Golf Channel in Portland held their annual Portland Open Championship at the world famous Crosswater Golf Club on Sunday, June 30th. Photos by Oregon...

Read more

2013 NW Shootout - 6.3.13

GRESHAM, Ore. - Golf Channel Am Tour in Portland hosted their annual Northwest Shootout on Monday, June 3rd at Persimmon Country Club where high cloudy conditions and a tremendous course was enjoyed by everyone. Photos by Ore...

Read more

2013 The Heritage - 6.1.13

NEWBERG, Ore. - Golf Channel Am Tour in Portland hosted their annual the Heritage on Saturday, June 1st at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course and beautiful conditions on a challenging track was enjoyed by everyone. Photos by Ore...

Read more

6A Girls Golf State Tournament 5.13.13

2013 OSAA 6A Girls Golf State Tournament held at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, Oregon on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Photos by OregonSpor...

Read more

2013 High Desert Championship - 5.12.13

SISTERS - Golf Channel Am Tour in Portland hosted their annual High Desert Championship on Sunday, May 12th at the Aspen Lakes Golf Club and beautiful conditions on a tough course was enjoyed by everyone. Photos by ...

Read more

2013 Oregon Players Championship - 4.29.13

WEST LINN - Golf Channel Am Tour in Portland hosted their annual Oregon Players Championship on Monday, April 29th at the Oregon Golf Club and visiting Seattle players dominated the tournament. Photos by Ore...

Read more

2013 Stone Creek Shootout - 3.23.13

OREGON CITY - Golf Channel Am Tour in Portland hosted their annual Stone Creek Shootout on Saturday, March 23rd at the Stone Creek Golf Club and multiple repeat winners came to the fore-front. Photos by ...

Read more

Boys Basketball - West Linn vs Central Catholic 3.9.13

Photos by OregonSpor...

Read more

Girls Basketball - Central Catholic vs South Medford 3.9.13

Photos by OregonSpor...

Read more