On Aug. 10, 2017, Marshall softball head coach Jen Steele announced the hiring of Mike Viramontez as an assistant coach. Viramontez was previously with Oklahoma State as the Volunteer assistant.
“This was a very important hire,” coach Steele said. “I took my time to ensure that we not only targeted a great human being, but someone who could truly elevate our program. Spend two minutes talking with Mike and you will immediately feel his passion for coaching.”
While at Oklahoma State, Viramontez coached the catchers, assisted with the hitters and the infield and was the camp coordinator. The Cowgirls won over 30 games in both of his seasons and appeared in the NCAA Regionals as a runner-up at the Georgia Regional in 2016 and the Florida Regional in 2017.
“First of all, I must acknowledge the amazing people at Oklahoma State,” Viramontez said. “They have empowered me over the past two years and prepared me to accept this position with the Marshall University Softball program. I am very excited and grateful to join coach Steele and her staff.
“The opportunity to join a program that has established itself as a national contender is something I look forward to. I've had the experience of a lifetime at Oklahoma State and I am beyond thrilled to share what I've been given with these coaches and most of all, these young women that we'll be going to work with every day.”
The Oklahoma State staff was named NFCA Mid-West Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017 after a 38-25 season. Junior infielder Vanessa Shippy was named a NFCA Third Team All-American after batting .398 with 72 hits, 48 runs, 25 extra base hits and 46 RBI.
In 2016, the Cowgirls set program records for runs scored (339), home runs (53), RBI (315), total bases (711), slugging percentage (.467), walks (232) and on base percentage (.408).
“Mike is talented, energetic, a good skill developer, and our student athletes will easily relate to him,” coach Steele said. “I wanted to find a grinder, someone who was really committed to helping us continue to remain at the top of Conference USA. Mike gives us that and his resume reflects it. His experience is vast, as he has spent time climbing the coaching ladder, working at the high school, travel ball, JUCO, Division 2, and Power 5 levels. His time at Oklahoma State with Coach Gajewski will be beneficial as we are committed to playing championship level defense.
“He is a nice complement to our coaching staff and our student athletes are going to love working with him. I couldn't be more excited about this hire and I can't wait for this season to begin with Team 25.”