Buffalo hires Peel as head coach
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Trena Peel has been named the eighth coach in the history of Buffalo softball, athletic director Danny White announced Friday. Peel most recently served as head coach at Hampton, where she led the team to its first MEAC championship and NCAA tournament berth since 1996.
Peel spent three seasons at Hampton, improving the team’s win total each season. After a 13-win season in her first year, she nearly doubled Hampton’s total in her second season and took the Pirates to the conference semifinals. In 2013, her team finished 34-26 -- an improvement of nine wins from the previous year -- and won the MEAC title.
“Trena has tremendous enthusiasm for the game of softball and has been successful at all levels as both a player and a coach,” White said. “Her commitment to winning and the development of student-athletes makes her the ideal choice to build our softball program.”
Peel has also been an assistant coach at Mississippi Valley State, Maryland and George Washington.
Peel played at LSU from 1999-2002, where she earned NFCA second-team All-American accolades and was a semifinalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year as a senior. She was named SEC Athlete of the Year in 2002 and was also a three-time All-SEC honoree.
As a Tiger, Peel tallied a .323 batting average with 269 hits, 45 doubles and 27 triples, which ranks first in LSU history. Her triples total is in the top 20 in NCAA history. As a junior, Peel led the nation in triples per game and broke the LSU and SEC single-season triples record while ranking fourth in NCAA history with 14.
Peel also played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch League.