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COACHING STAFF

ASHLEY GILLAND
Assistant Coach

At MSU
  • Enters seventh season in 2019
  • Joined Racers in 2012
  • Serves as the team's hitting coach and works with outfielders
  • Helped Racers turn in league's second highest batting averages in 2014 & 2015
  • Coached Racers to a school record team average of .315 in 2015
  • Instrumental in development of two-time OVC Player of the Year Jessica Twaddle
Before MSU
  • Spent two years at Northern Iowa
  • Helped Panthers win 70 games and 2012 MVC regular-season title
  • Spent one season as a student assistant, two as a graduate assistant at Western Illinois
  • Served as the marketing assistant for Murray State in 2009-2010
As A Player
  • Played two seasons at Western Illinois
  • Started career in Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida
Personal
  • Received bachelors from Western Illinois in business administration in 2007 and a master's in sport management in 2009
 

SAVANNAH SANDERS
Graduate Assistant Coach

At Murray State
  • Sanders joined the Murray State coaching staff in the summer of 2019 as a Graduate Assistant Coach 
  • Specializes in the training and development of pitchers within the MSU softball program
  • Currently pursuing her master's degree in human development and leadership
Playing Career
  • Played at Iowa State University where she pitched 468.2 innings (sixth in program history) over her four-year career 
  • Made 84 career starts (third in program history) and 128 total appearances (fourth in program history) for the Cylcones
  • Started team-high 30 games (eighth in program history) during the 2016 season
  • Recorded 277 career strikeouts
  • Three-time All-Big 12 Academic Team selection (2017-19)
  • Named to 2016 Big 12 Academic Rookie Team
  • Garnered Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Honors in February of 2016
  • Led her side to a second-place finish at the National Invitational Softball Championship in 2019 which saw the Cyclones finish with their best season since 1982, and their second-winningest season of all-time
Personal
  • Graduated with honors from Iowa State University in May of 2019 where she received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and pre-health
  •  Originally from Mt. Juliet, Tenn. where she attended Mt. Juliet High School