The Yavapai College Athletics Department has announced the resignation of Doug Eastman as the Head Coach of the Yavapai College softball team.
“Doug enjoyed great success here at Yavapai College,” Director of Athletics Brad Clifford said. “We appreciate Doug carrying on the tradition of great softball here at YC and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
In eight seasons at YC, Coach Eastman earned 343 wins, making him the winningest softball coach in program history. His 300th win at Yavapai (also the 800th of his career) came during the 2022 season.
Eastman led his team to a Region Championship and fourth-place finish in the nation in 2016. In 2017 and 2018, Eastman’s teams won back-to-back ACCAC Championships. In 2018, Eastman coached the first-ever National Player of the Year in YC Softball history in Jaydee Boursaw who owns the YC home run record with 60 (21 ahead of second place).
In 2021, Yavapai Softball again took fourth in the National Championships, having three All-Americans which served as the most chosen on any one team during the 2021 season.
Eastman’s 2022 squad shattered the record books en route to a 57-6 record and fifth-place finish at nationals, Region Championship and ACCAC Championship. During the season, Eastman earned ACCAC Coach of the Year honors and NFCA Region Coaching Staff of the Year (along with Assistant Coach Erika Bennett) honors.
His squad also led the NJCAA and NFCA in All-America honors with six student-athletes earning All-American status. In addition, shortstop Lovey Kepa’a earned NJCAA Co-Player of the Year honors after breaking the YC home run record (34) and YC RBI record (104).
Coach Eastman’s next step in his coaching journey will take him to Texas A&M University Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas, where he will be the Head Coach of the Javelinas.
Joining Eastman will be assistant coach Erika Bennett who has also announced her resignation from Yavapai College. Bennett spent four seasons with the Roughriders as the pitching coach.
The Roughriders’ search for the next softball coach will begin immediately.