Coach Richardson Announces Staff Promotions for Liberty Softball
Liberty Softball Head Coach Dot Richardson has announced that Kasey and Sami Fagan have received elevated status on the coaching staff, while former Lady Flames lefthander Emily Kirby will serve as volunteer assistant coach.
Kasey Fagan has been elevated to the associate head coach position, while Sami Fagan has been promoted to assistant coach after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Liberty during the 2022 season. Kirby has been named volunteer assistant coach after her standout collegiate playing career concluded this spring. Former (2014-22) Associate Head Coach Paige Cassady has taken a position as assistant coach at Texas Tech.
Kasey Fagan will coach the pitching staff while also focusing on infield defense and assisting in recruiting. Meanwhile, Sami Fagan will continue to provide hitting instruction while coaching the outfielders and catchers. Kirby will primarily focus on assisting with the Lady Flames’ pitching staff.
Kasey Fagan has coached the infielders during her time at Liberty while also assisting with the offense. She handles many administrative roles in addition to her work in recruiting. During her first five years, Liberty has posted a 187-82 record, earning three conference tournament titles, two NCAA Regional final appearances and one NISC Regional title.
While she has focused on the defense at Liberty, the Lady Flames have posted the first (.977 in 2018), second (.969 in 2021) and third (.965 in 2022 – tied) best fielding percentages in program history.
Prior to coming to Liberty as a full-time assistant coach, Kasey Fagan served as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 2016 and 2017. She also was a standout during her playing career, earning 2014 NFCA All-South Region second team honors while playing at Arkansas. Kasey was a career .313 hitter for the Razorbacks.
Sami Fagan made a major impact during her first year as hitting coach for the Lady Flames in 2022. Under her tutelage, the Lady Flames set program single-season records in both walks (201) and RBI (313). She also guided several Lady Flames to breakout seasons at the plate, including ASUN Player of the Year Caroline Hudson, who went from two homers in 2021 to 17 during the 2022 season. Sami also coached the outfielders, helping Mary Claire Wilson transition from infielder to the everyday center fielder.
The 2022 Lady Flames’ offense finished in the top five in program history for single-season runs, RBI, walks, batting average, hits, home runs, extra-base hits, total bases, slugging percentage and sacrifice flies.
Prior to her time at Liberty, Sami Fagan spent three seasons on staff at Virginia Tech. She served as director of player development for one season and was a graduate assistant for two years, helping the Hokies to a pair of NCAA Regional finals appearances and a Super Regional showing in 2021.
Sami was a 2016 NFCA All-America third team selection at Missouri and two-time All-SEC player. She has played five years of professional softball, competing in the NPF (2016-17), Scrapyard Fastpitch League (2018), Japan Women’s Professional League (2016-18), Athletes Unlimited (2020) and WPF (2022). She played for USSSA Pride in the WPF this summer.
Kirby joins the Lady Flames’ coaching staff after playing the last five seasons (2018-22) for the Lady Flames. A two-time ASUN Pitcher of the Year, Kirby burst onto the scene as a junior in 2021 when she went 15-5 with a 1.92 ERA, 145 strikeouts and nine shutouts. That season, she outdueled SEC Pitcher of the Year Mary Haff of Arkansas in a 10-inning shutout victory over the Razorbacks. She was also named to the 2021 NFCA All-Southeast Region third team.
During the 2022 season, Kirby had an equally impressive ledger, posting a 14-7 record, 2.27 ERA, six shutouts and 134 strikeouts. She silenced the high-powered Georgia offense with a three-hit, 13-strikeout shutout over No. 19 Georgia in the opening game of the 2022 NCAA Durham Regional. She finished her career with a 35-17 overall record, 2.73 ERA and a .215 opponents batting average while ranking fourth in program history with 16 career shutouts.
Kirby signed a professional contract with the Florida Vibe this summer, and threw a no-hitter in her first career professional softball game.
Liberty, ranked No. 24 in three major preseason national polls in 2022, is one of only seven NCAA Division I softball teams to win 40 or more games in each of its last five full seasons played.
The Lady Flames finished the 2022 season with a 44-18 record, posting the nation’s best conference winning percentage with a 23-1 ASUN record. Liberty outscored opponents 24-5 while sweeping to its second straight ASUN Softball Championship title. The team tied a program record with three wins over Top 25 programs, including a 2-0 win over No. 19 Georgia in the first game of the 2022 NCAA Durham Regional. The Lady Flames also downed No. 23 Notre Dame and No. 9 Duke at Liberty Softball Stadium, two out of 10 wins over Power Five programs this season.