July 28, 2021
Birmingham, AL – Amanda Locke has been named head coach for Birmingham-Southern College’s softball program. Athletic Director Kyndall Waters made the hiring announcement Wednesday, July 28. Locke comes to BSC from Northwestern State University (NSU) in Natchitoches, La.
“It was important for us to be able to find a leader for our student-athletes who could continue to build this nationally competitive program,” Waters said. “Amanda has proven successful both in her career as a student-athlete at the University of Alabama and in her almost ten years of coaching experience. We look forward to continued athletic success for our program under her leadership, and to the cultivation of our student-athletes to lead lives of significance beyond sport.”
Locke’s experience includes two stints at NSU – 2013-2014 as assistant coach and 2019-2021 as associate head coach. In 2019, the Lady Demons won 30 games for the first time since 2015. Locke built a strong offense – two offensive players were All-Southland Conference selections. The team ranked third in the SLC with 202 RBIs. In her four seasons at Texas Tech, Locke served as the primary pitching coach.
“I am beyond excited to join the Birmingham-Southern family and am extremely grateful to President Daniel Coleman, Athletic Director Kyndall Waters, and the rest of the hiring committee,” Locke said. “I have so much respect for this softball program and all of the incredible women who have built it. This is something that I have looked forward to since my coaching career began. I am honored to represent this program as their head coach. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the BSC community and cannot wait to meet the team and get to work with our student-athletes.”
Locke graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science in 2011, where she was a member of the Women’s Softball Team from 2008-2012. In 2012, the team won the NCAA Softball National Championship. As a player, Locke was named to the 2012 All SEC Team and the 2012 Academic All SEC, among numerous other honors. With 54 career home runs, she ranks third in Alabama history.
BSC Softball is coming off a historic 2021 season, finishing 33-8 overall and a third place finish in the Women’s College World Series. At 168 points, the Panthers are the only Southern Athletic Association team in the top 10. After successfully defending both regular season and SAA tournament titles, BSC went undefeated in the Marshall Regional to advance to the women’s college world series for the first time in program history.