David Deiros

The founding father of FGCU softball, David Deiros completed his 17th season as head coach.

Hired in 2001 to build the program from the dirt up, Deiros has since guided the Eagles to 14 seasons with a winning record, nine campaigns with 35+ wins and a win percentage of .657 (642-337-3).

FGCU spent its first five seasons (2003-07) at the NCAA Division II level. In their final two seasons at Division II, the Eagles amassed 120 victories, including a school record and NCAA-leading 62 wins in 2007 (Ranked 10th in the country). FGCU earned two consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in their only three years of eligibility. During the Blue and Green’s time in Division II, Deiros was a three-time Division I-II All-Independent Coach of the Year by the ICAA.

Overall, FGCU is 152-91 (.626) in the ASUN with 10 seasons of double-digit wins. The Eagles have won three regular season championships (2008, 2012, and 2016) and qualified for the ASUN Championships in seven of their 8 eligible seasons. FGCU owns a 14-12 record in the ASUN Tournament with one championship in 2012, two 2nd place, and a 3rd place finish. Individual ASUN Conference accolades have also racked up in the Eagles’ twelve years of membership, highlighted by five winners of the Conference Player of the Year award (Carmen Paez-2008, Cheyenne Jenks-2009, Courtney Platt-2011, Chelsea Zgrabik-2013, and Louie Ross-2016), two winners of the Conference Pitcher of the Year (Shelby Morgan-2012, Riley Randolph-2016), and two winners of the Conference Freshmen of the Year (Riley Randolph-2016 and Reedy Davenport-2019).

In all, Deiros has coached 14 ASUN All-Academic Team selections, 21 All-Conference First-Team choices, 16 Second- Team picks and 14 All-Freshmen Team honorees.

In 2019, the Eagles finished their season 29-22 with a 13-7 mark in conference action, good for third place in the regular season. Those wins included two against Big 10 squads in the NFCA top-25--Indiana at home and Women’s College World Series participant Minnesota in Clearwater, Fla.

Senior Kate Kelly and newcomer Reedy Davenport headlined the ASUN All-Conference awards with their First Team and Freshman of the Year honors, respectively. Seniors Riley Randolph and Racquel Fournet capped their fantastic careers at FGCU with Second Team awards.

The 2018 season saw the Eagles go 39-17 (got off to a program-record 13-0 start) as they went 13-7 in the ASUN, finishing second during the regular season. The overall wins were the most in the Division I era while the losses were the fewest.