Paige Cassady joined the Liberty softball coaching staff in July 2013 and was promoted to her current role of associate head coach in August 2018 by head coach Dot Richardson. She primarily focuses on the development of the Lady Flames' pitching staff. Cassady's pitching staff has improved in ERA in each of her years as pitching coach. Cassady has guided the pitchers to some of the best seasons in program history. Under her tutelage, Julia DiMartino has already set program career records for wins (68), shutouts (24) and strikeouts (592), while in 2018, DiMartino broke program single-season records for wins (29), shutouts (10), saves (6) and strikeouts (230).
In the 2018 season, she led the Liberty staff to another dominant season, posting a 2.04 ERA and 19 shutouts, one shutout shy of the program record of 20, set in 1999. Four different Lady Flames (Julia DiMartino – program-record 10; Chase Cassady – 5; Elizabeth Engler – 2; Emily Kirby – 1) posted at least one shutout. In the final 23 games of the season, Liberty recorded a 0.97 ERA as a team. For the second year in a row, Julia DiMartino was named Big South Pitcher of the Year, while Chase Cassady was voted second team all-conference. The Liberty coaching staff was named the 2018 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. The 2018 Lady Flames had a record-setting season, going 49-14 and 18-3 in Big South play, winning the Big South regular-season title for the second year in a row. The Lady Flames claimed the Big South Softball Championship title by sweeping through the conference tournament. Then, Liberty won its first two games at the NCAA Columbia Regional, upsetting No. 24/24 Hofstra and No. 10/11 South Carolina to advance to the Regional final. At the end of the season, Liberty received a program-record 17 votes in the final NFCA Top 25 Poll, while holding a program-best RPI of 29. During 2017, Cassady guided the Lady Flames as they led the Big South in team ERA (2.63), shutouts (18) and strikeouts (351). At one point in April, Liberty held opponents scoreless for 44 straight innings, tossing six straight shutouts. Under her guidance, Julia DiMartino was named 2017 Big South Pitcher of the Year, leading the Big South with a 22 wins, also leading the conference in shutouts and strikeouts. Redshirt senior Kenzie Friesen went 15-3 with a 2.16 ERA, being named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Cassady coached Liberty's pitchers to a program-record-setting 377 strikeouts in 2016, as the team led the Big South in both strikeouts and shutouts (12). The 2016 Lady Flames' staff finished with a 3.00 team ERA. DiMartino was named to the Big South All-Conference first team, setting new program freshman records with 17 wins, a conference-best seven shutouts, 187 strikeouts and two no-hitters.
During her second season, Cassady guided a Lady Flames' pitching staff which posted seven shutouts and finished third in the Big South with a 3.63 team ERA. Under her guidance, Chandler Ball was named to the 2015 Big South All-Conference team, Liberty's first all-conference pitcher since 2011. Additionally, Ball went 20-11, tying for the second-most wins by a Lady Flame in a single season in program history.
Her coaching efforts helped the Lady Flames post an 18-win improvement from 2014 to 2015, the largest win improvement in NCAA Division I softball over that span. Additionally, the Lady Flames posted wins over Arkansas, Virginia Tech and Virginia. Before joining Liberty's coaching staff, Cassady served as pitching coach at Lipscomb under head coach Kristin Ryman in 2013. While at Lipscomb, Cassady helped the Lady Bisons post a 35-24 record and qualify for the Atlantic Sun finals. During the 2013 campaign, she instructed Tanner Sanders, who was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team and Conference Tournament team. She was in charge of infield defense and baserunning, in addition to responsibilities for travel, camps, team academics and recruiting. Prior to her time at Lipscomb, Cassady spent two years as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Monroe, where she was the pitching coach under head coach Rosemary Holloway-Hill. In addition to her pitching instruction responsibilities, she directed the Warhawks' baserunning practice and developed speed and agility workouts. Cassady has gained extensive experience as a pitching instructor. Since 2005, she has joined her father with Powerline Fastpitch, to provide pitching lessons in and around the Orlando, Fla., area. Several of her students have gone on to pitch collegiately. She has also served as an instructor at FIU softball camps and clinics and at a softball camp led by LSU softball head coach Beth Torina. While working at Louisiana Monroe in Nov. 2012, she served as a keynote speaker on the fundamentals of pitching at an annual Easton Fastpitch southeast conference in Mississippi. A native of Orlando, Fla., Cassady pitched collegiately for four seasons, beginning with a two-year stint at Presbyterian College from 2007 and 2008. As a freshman in 2007, Cassady won 16 games and was named to the All-SAC second team. Following the 2008 season, she transferred to Florida International, where she was a team captain in 2010. Cassady graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Florida International in 2010. She then earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Louisiana Monroe in 2012.
Liberty sixth-year head softball coach Dot Richardson has announced the promotion of Paige Cassady from assistant coach to her current position as associate head coach. Read More