Wallace State Community College-Hanceville has been selected as the 2013 NFCA NJCAA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year.
Wallace State CC-Hanceville, under the guidance of head coach Jayne Clem and assistant coach Tracy Grindrod, won the program's second NJCAA DI national title via a 7-3 victory over Salt Lake Community College. The eighth-seeded Lady Lions completed the 2013 campaign with a 55-12 overall record, after registering a 5-1 mark during its run to the national championship, while also securing the program's eighth Alabama Community College Conference State and District O (Region 22) crowns.
The Lady Lions were led on the diamond via the contributions of four NFCA NJCAA DI All-Americans: pitchers Bree Blevins and Lindsey DeFee, infielder Kori Benson and outfielder Katie Gentle. Blevins posted a 25-6 overall mark with 27 complete games and 188.2 innings pitched to go along with a team-leading 1.60 ERA and 231 strikeouts. DeFee added a 26-5 record with 153 strikeouts, a 1.84 ERA and 21 complete games over a staff-high 202 frames. Benson hit .352 with 35 extra base hits, including 23 HR's (good for a tie for fifth in all of NJCAA DI), a .802 slugging percentage and 63 RBIs. Gentle guided the squad with a stellar .461 batting average, 95 hits, 24 doubles, 73 RBIs and 22 stolen bases, while adding 16 HR's.