Aug. 8, 2006
WACO, Texas - Mark Lumley, who is entering his seventh season with the Baylor softball program, has been promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach, Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced on Tuesday. Lumley has served in the role of assistant coach for the previous six seasons.
"I am extremely excited about continuing my career with the Baylor softball program," Lumley said. "I have been fortunate enough to watch the program grow the past six seasons. I am excited to continue my career with Baylor as we continue to strive for our goal of a Big 12 title and national championship."
Lumley, who helped coach Team USA to a gold medal finish at the World University Games this past summer, has helped guide his teams to five NCAA regional appearances, an NCAA Super Regional appearance and three NCAA regional runner-up finishes.
For the past two summers, Lumley has been a part of the USA Softball national coaching pool as he was one of 16 coaches in the country chosen for coaching consideration for events during the 2005 and 2006 Women's National Team season.
In Lumley's six years as Baylor, the Lady Bears have tallied five of the seven highest single-season home run totals in the program's history as Baylor has continually established new and individual single-season hitting records under his guidance.
Last season, Lumley's guidance helped Baylor establish a new team record for home runs in a season as the Lady Bears led the Big 12 Conference with 68 last year.
"Mark (Lumley) is one of the most sought after assistant coaches in the nation and it is nice to see him recognized for his continued dedication to the Baylor softball program," head coach Glenn Moore said. "Baylor is fortunate to continue to retain him year after year. I am deeply appreciative of his loyalty to our program and he is very deserving of the promotion to Associate Head Coach."
In 2002, Lumley was named a National Assistant Coach of the Year by Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director magazine. Lumley was one of just 14 Division I coaches so honored, and he joined Lori Sippel from Nebraska as the only recipients from the Big 12 Conference.
Prior to his arrival at Baylor, Lumley spent three seasons at LSU. While serving as head coach at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Ariz., Lumley received numerous honors for his coaching accomplishments. He was named the 1998 Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and the 1998 Arizona All-Star Game was dedicated to Lumley for his outstanding tenure as a high school coach. He was also named the 1993 and 1997 Coach of the Year by the Daily Star-Tucson Citizen.
A 1985 graduate of the University of Arizona, Lumley is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.