Molly Fichtner Hired As Louisiana-Monroe Head Softball Coach

MONROE, La. – Molly Fichtner, who has seen success at the highest levels of the game, has been named ULM's seventh head softball coach, as announced by interim athletics director Scott McDonald on Friday, Sept. 21. The Houston, Texas, native has spent the last year as an assistant coach at East Carolina University. The appointment is pending approval by the University of Louisiana system's Board of Supervisors.

 "Molly is highly-respected within the coaching community and her academic achievements garnered as a student-athlete have transferred over into her coaching career, leading her to great heights, and thankfully ULM," ULM Interim Athletics Director Scott McDonald said. "She has an outstanding reputation for player development and proven success in promoting the importance of academics with student-athletes. We are elated to have Molly join us at ULM, and we are thrilled about the impact she's going to have on the softball program and the community."

 Fichtner makes the transition to ULM from Greenville where she was an assistant coach for the ECU softball program. Before her time with the Pirates, Fichtner spent two seasons in the same role at Dartmouth College.

 After her honor-filled collegiate career, Fichtner remained at Alabama as a volunteer coach while pursuing her master's degree. After finishing her master's degree in 2015, she played one season in the National Fastpitch (NPF) league with the Dallas Charge.

Fichtner is a 2014 graduate of Alabama, who started her collegiate career at UTSA in San Antonio, Texas, before transferring to Tuscaloosa for her final two seasons. With the Crimson Tide, Fichtner appeared in 102 games, starting in 88.

 As a senior, she was named to the All-SEC Second Team after pacing the Crimson Tide with a .391 batting average in conference play while tallying 27 hits, seven doubles, and 16 RBI. Fichtner threw out a conference-leading seven would-be base stealers and committed just two errors in 125 chances with no passed balls behind the dish for a .984 fielding percentage in SEC play. Fichtner helped the Crimson Tide reach the Women's College World Series as Alabama advanced all the way to the National Championship Series.

 Patrick Murphy, head softball coach at the University of Alabama, had only positive things to say about ULM's newest addition, "Molly is a great choice to lead the ULM softball program. She's smart, organized, hard-working and grounded. I'm excited for the young ladies in that program."

 In the classroom at Alabama, Fichtner earned President's List status all four semesters and was named a 2014 First-Team Academic All-American before graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. Fichtner also earned national-level recognition when selected as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2013.

 Fichtner carried over her success in the classroom to her coaching duties, assisting with the supervision of student-athlete academic progress and working with the academic advisors to ensure the student-athletes are thriving on and off the field.

During her time at UTSA, Fichtner was a two-time All-Southland Conference player, the 2011 Southland Freshman of the Year and 2012 Southland's Student-Athlete of the Year.

 During her years as an assistant coach at ECU and Dartmouth, Fichtner became familiar with the responsibilities required to run an efficient and successful softball program. She oversaw all administrative management duties for each program, in addition to her on-field and team responsibilities.

 Fichtner shares her immense awareness of the game with her student-athletes, assisting with drills, studying film, and further growing her knowledge through statistical research and data collection. She has coached and counseled players in all positions, specializing in outfield skills, catching, and hitting. Fichtner has built a repertoire of experience in breaking down film, preparing scouting reports and practice plans, and preparing student-athletes for both the physical and mental aspects of the game.

"I want to thank President Dr. Nick Bruno, Interim Athletic Director Scott McDonald, and Executive Associate Director of Athletics Todd Dooley for this incredible opportunity," Fichtner said. "I am beyond honored to be the next head coach for the ULM softball program. I look forward to building off the foundation set here and promoting ULM to prominence in the Sun Belt Conference and beyond!" 

Fichtner received her Master of Science degree in sports management from the University of Alabama in May 2015 only one year after earning a bachelor's degree in human environmental sciences from UA as well.

What others are saying about Molly Fichtner:

"Having coached against Molly when she was a player and now against her as a coach, her passion for the game and energy is tremendous. She will do great things at ULM with how she connects with the athletes and bringing her competitive spirit to the program." - Kristin Vesely, University of Houston head softball coach 

"I think Molly is part of the next generation of great softball minds. She has a great line of mentors to tap into and will do a great job at ULM." - Jen Teague, Columbia University head softball coach  

"Molly has an incredible passion for the game and is a tremendous leader. I look forward to seeing her impact and elevate the ULM softball program and having her in Louisiana." - Jennie Finch, Olympic Gold Medalist

"ULM hit a home run hiring Molly Fichtner. Not only are you hiring a great mind of the game, but more importantly, you are hiring an amazing person. Molly is one of the best in the business at building well-rounded women. I firmly believe she is prepared to take the reins and ULM and lead the softball program." - Shannon Doepking, Syracuse University head softball coach


Info provided by ULM Athletics

Why PRO? Your FloSoftball Subscription Explained

What You Get with FloPRO

For the last three years, FloSoftball has been bringing you, the diehard fastpitch fan, unparalleled access to the best and most comprehensive softball content on the planet. You already can experience the most exciting club and college events LIVE throughout the year. You already can watch the most compelling, original documentaries available to softball fans. 

Rising Star: How Zoe Laneaux Overcame The Pressures Of Recruiting

Want To Take FloSoftball Anywhere? Download The FloSports iOS App Today

One of the toughest and most resilient athletes on Georgia Impact Premier - Lewis is junior Zoe Laneaux. Playing in the shadows of teammates who received more press and attention, she could have succumbed to the pressure of trying to live up to someone else’s expectations. But she didn’t. She persevered and thrived.

The Greatest Walk Up Songs of All Time

Walk Up songs are something to be taken very seriously. 15 to 30 seconds of ear magic that represents who you are and should leave a memorable impression on the stadium. Here are our top picks for Walk Up Songs:

How Illusion-Cain Delivers The Ultimate Player, Coach, Parent Experience

Want To Take FloSoftball Anywhere? Download The FloSports iOS App Today

Illusion-Cain is coming off of cinderella 12U season and are moving up to 14U. We chat with head coach Caitlyn Cain about this up and coming team and what were the reasons behind their continued success. 

2019 Hot 100 Players...You're On The Clock

What Makes a Hot 100 Player?

The time has come for the final installment of the 2019 Hot 100. The 2019 class certainly delivered in the 18U division last season. We saw Hot 100 players Kelley Lynch, Kinzie Hansen, Julia Cottrill, Lexi Kilfoyl, Maya Brady and more as impact players for their 18U squads.

Why We Should Rethink The Way We Develop Pitchers By Dana Sorensen

Dana Sorensen graduated from Stanford as a three-time All-American, four-time All Pac 10 player who led the Cardinals to two Women’s College World Series. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Exercise Sport Science at the University of North Carolina. During that time was named to the USA National Team and was a member of the Gold medal team. Sorensen spent several years coaching at the collegiate level at UC Davis and Oregon State. She is certified in Strength & Conditioning, Kettlebell, Functional Movement Screen, and Functional Movement Systems.

Club Softball Changes & Verbal Commits: Virginia Tech Lands 2019 Infielder

Minnesota and Virginia Tech locked in 2019 and 2020 recruits in the last week. Canadian 2019 infielder Kianna Jones found her new home in Minneapolis along with third baseman Rylie Costa who committed to Minnesota in the last week. Shortstop Ansley Whitley changed her verbal commitment from Kennesaw State to Virginia Tech following Coach Pete D'Amour to Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloSoftball!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

From MLB Scout To Softball Guru, Lincoln Martin Is Changing The Game

Want To Take FloSoftball Anywhere? Download The FloSports iOS App Today

Lincoln Martin figures he’s always been a scout. 

Rising Star: Stanford-Bound Infielder Sydney Steele

By Hailey Hudson @haileyh412

Why 2021 Pitcher Annabelle Widra Decommitted From Oklahoma

Annabelle Widra, a Hoover, Alabama native began receiving scholarship offers from coaches when she was in the eighth grade. At first, she was flattered by the attention. But the stress, pressure and high expectations of school, workouts, homework, tournaments, and phone calls began to wear on Widra.