Bringing over 20 years of coaching experience to the table, Lisa Navas joined South Carolina's staff as associate head coach in July of 2012. No stranger to success, Navas links up with fellow former North Carolina assistant and current Gamecock head coach Beverly Smith after the duo spent two seasons on staff together in Chapel Hill. Navas oversees the Gamecock infielders and catchers while also assisting with all aspects of the program.
In Navas’ first five years in Columbia, the Gamecocks have appeared in the NCAA Tournament each season, posting a 180-117 mark during that time. Fourteen offensive team records have fallen in that period, three in 2015. The 2016 Gamecocks posted their third-best fielding percentage in program history at .972 under the tutelage of Navas and the rest of the Gamecocks’ staff.
The 2013 Gamecocks garnered their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in six years, going 34-25 on the year. South Carolina set six team offensive records on the season, while the defense improved its fielding percentage from the year before. Samie Garcia earned second-team All-SEC and first-team Easton All-America accolades at shortstop.
Previously, Navas worked with the since-moved Carolina Diamonds in the National Pro Fastpitch league, coaching the team in its first year of existence. The league's owners honored Navas as part of the NPF Coaching Staff of the Year after the Diamonds had three of the top four home run hitters in the league. Rachel Folden topped the pro circuit with a 1.137 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), and Diamond pitcher Katie Burkhart ranked third in strikeouts behind former NCAA "K" champs Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott.
The first Wolfpack softball coach, Navas started the North Carolina State program in 2004, going 296-226 during her nine-year tenure. The Wolfpack won the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2006-07). Eight of Navas' student-athletes garnered first-team All-ACC honors with 10 taking National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region accolades. For three-consecutive years, a member of the Wolfpack earned one of the league's individual awards, including Navas's ACC Coach of the Year in 2006, and she coached her second league Rookie of the Year in 2012, Renada Davis. In 2007, Navas tutored Abbie Sims to both the ACC Player of the Year and third-team NFCA All-America accolades.
In Navas's two seasons with the Tar Heels under NFCA Hall-of-Famer Donna Papa, UNC twice played in the ACC Tournament championship, including winning its first tourney in 2001. Six players on those two teams achieved All-ACC honors, while Tiffany Tolleson grabbed second-team NFCA All-America status in 2002 under Navas's tutelage. North Carolina set the school home run record in 2002 while Navas oversaw the hitting.
Navas's first head-coaching run came at NCAA Division II member Barry, where she guided the Buccaneers to six regionals, two Sunshine State Conference crowns and a second-place finish in the 1998 NCAA Tournament. In her nine years at the south Florida school, she led Barry to a 335-134-1 (.714) record.
Navas started her coaching career at Missouri under NFCA Hall of Fame head coach Jay Miller. Working as the Tigers' hitting coach, she helped the team to its second NCAA Women's College World Series appearance. Three Tigers earned Academic All-America awards from CoSIDA.
An all-conference shortstop in her own right, Navas played four years at NAIA member Oklahoma City, helping the team to a second-place finish in the 1986 NAIA Tournament.
Active in both the NFCA and on NCAA committees, Navas headed the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Committee for two years and led the NFCA All-America Committee for one. She also speaks regularly at coaches clinics and associations throughout the east.
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