The Bears return two all-conference starters on the infield in second baseman Ashley Brentz and third baseman Heather Duckworth
A pair of area standouts highlight five new additions to the 2015 softball team
Annual softball clinics scheduled for January at the Bill Rowe Indoor Hitting Facility
Bears to play five games in San Antonio, Texas
Bears play three of first five games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams
Sue Frederick enters her 24th year on the Missouri State softball coaching staff. In her role as associate head coach, Frederick serves as first base coach, works with the Bear infielders, offense and oversees MSU's strength and conditioning, team travel, practice organization, budgeting and clinic development.
Frederick came to Missouri State straight from a successful playing career at Creighton. Since joining the Missouri State staff, Frederick has seen the Bears compile a 598-549-2 record and win six conference championships during her time in Springfield. She helped lead the Bears to three straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships from 1996 to 1998 and helped guide them to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Frederick earned the status of One-Star Master Coach in 2001 after completing courses through the National Fastpitch Coaches College.
A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Frederick played for the Virginia Roadsters in the inaugural Women's Professional Fastpitch season in the summer of 1997.
Frederick, who graduated cum laude from Creighton in 1989, was a four-year standout and career .302 hitter on the Jays' softball team and set school career records for hits (209) and stolen bases (47). As a sophomore, she set CU single-season marks with 69 hits and 41 runs scored and then tied her hit record with 69 in her senior campaign.
Over a three-year stretch, Frederick had 31 straight successful stolen base attempts, a feat which puts her 23rd on the all-time Division I list and her .423 batting mark as a sophomore in 1987 ranked 10th in the nation that year and second in CU history.
A two-time all-region first teamer, Frederick helped the Jays to High Country Conference titles in 1986 and 1987, with a College World Series berth in 1986. She was a first team all-conference pick in 1987 and 1989 and earned the Carl M. Reinert Scholar Athlete Award as a senior. In 1989-90, she served as an intern for the High Country Conference in Laramie, Wyo. In 2000, she was inducted into the Iowa Softball Hall of Fame for her career accomplishments.