STARKVILLE, Miss. – Augustana head softball coach Gretta Melsted has been named Central Region Coach of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Melsted guided the Vikings to a berth in the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship, where they lost to No. 3 Kutztown and to No. 1 and eventual champion Valdosta State. It was the Vikings’ first national appearance since 1998. Augustana capped the 2012 season with a 53-12 record, including a 22-4 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The 53 wins are the most since 2000 when the Vikings finished 58-12. In her six seasons at Augustana, Melsted has compiled a 219-117 record. The Vikings were ranked No. 5 in the final NFCA Top 25 Poll for 2012, finishing the season with the second most wins in the nation.
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