Former MSU softball pitcher joins EMCC softball staff

David Rosinski
Special to Daily Times Leader

Alison Owen, a two-year professional player with the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch and a former Southeastern Conference standout pitcher, has been named assistant softball coach at East Mississippi Community College. The announcement was made this week by EMCC head softball coach Kyndall White.

With 63 career collegiate wins to her credit while having equally divided four years of SEC competition between the University of Georgia and Mississippi State University, Owen will work primarily with EMCC’s pitching staff. Owen is currently finishing up her second season of professional softball after serving as a graduate assistant on Vann Stuedeman’s MSU coaching staff this past season.

“Having the opportunity to be a part of East Mississippi Community College’s winning athletic program is both humbling and exciting,” Owen said. “I’m very grateful to Coach White for this opportunity, and I am really looking forward to the coming season and watching these girls grow both individually and together as a team.”

A native of Newnan, Ga., and a former prep standout at East Coweta High School, Owen played two seasons for her home-state Georgia Bulldogs before transferring to Mississippi State following the 2011 season. She was a collective 28-7 in the circle for UGA head coach Lu Harris-Champer with an appearance in the Women’s College World Series as a freshman and an NCAA Super Regional showing the next year.

After sitting out the 2012 campaign due to the transfer rule, Owen became Mississippi State’s pitching ace for two seasons in helping the Bulldogs make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. As a junior, she went 17-13 with a 1.97 ERA while setting single-season school records with 250 strikeouts and a .176 opponents’ batting average to make the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Second Team. Owen capped her MSU playing stint by going 18-12 with a 2.98 ERA and 223 strikeouts as a senior.

While ranking high among MSU’s all-time leaders with 35 career wins, 473 strikeouts and a .193 opponents’ batting average despite only playing two seasons in Starkville, Owen concluded her successful four-year collegiate playing career with a 63-32 composite record along with a 2.36 ERA and 720 strikeouts in 593.1 innings pitched. She was also a three-time SEC Pitcher of the Week selection and made the SEC Academic Honor Roll all three years on the MSU campus.

“I am really excited about bringing in Alison Owen to our coaching staff here at East Mississippi,” EMCC head softball coach Kyndall White said. “She has played at the highest level in one of the best conferences in our sport. Alison’s knowledge and experience as a pitcher will bring so much to our program from an instructional standpoint on the field as well as in the recruiting process.”

During her college playing days at both MSU and Georgia, Owen gained valuable coaching experience during the summer months while serving as a softball camp counselor and assisting at pitching clinics. While actively involved in volunteer work and community service projects, she also currently serves as a sports ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.

Having earned her bachelor’s degree from MSU in human sciences with a concentration in human development and youth studies, Owen is presently pursuing her master’s degree in kinesiology with a sports administration concentration.