Torina picked to be LSU coach
Led Florida International to 129 wins in four seasons
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU named Beth Torina its new softball coach on Monday. Joe Alleva, Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director at LSU, made the announcement.
Torina guided Florida International’s program to new heights, leading the Golden Panthers to a 129-111 record in four seasons, including FIU's first NCAA tournament victory in 2010. The former University of Florida standout was a two-time Sun Belt Coach of the Year. In 2010, FIU swept the SBC postseason awards as Kasey Barrett was the league’s Pitcher of the Year, Ashley McClain was tabbed Player of the Year and Brie Rojas was named Freshman of the Year.
Torina also serves as an assistant coach under Florida head coach Tim Walton for the defending champion USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch League. The roster features multiple Olympians, including ESPN softball analyst Jessica Mendoza.
A press conference to formally introduce Torina as LSU's fifth softball coach will be held at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Beth to LSU and for her to take the leadership reigns of our softball program,” Alleva said. “She brings great passion, energy and character to our program and will wear the purple and gold with pride.”
Before arriving at FIU, Torina spent six seasons as the top assistant at the University of Houston. She served as the program’s recruiting coordinator where the Cougars won the 2007 Conference USA championship and made two NCAA Regional appearances.
One of her most prized recruits, Angel Shamblin, went on to become a two-time C-USA Pitcher of the Year, an NFCA All-South Region selection and a 2008 NFCA All-American. In addition to Shamblin, Torina saw seven Houston pitchers receive all-league accolades during her tenure.
Torina began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Stetson University from 2000-02, leaving her mark on the Hatters’ softball program after helping lead the 2001 squad to an Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Tri-Championship. Torina's pitchers set a quartet of schools records: wins (45), shutouts (20), strikeouts (385) and strikeouts per seven innings (6.70).
During her playing career with the Gators, she was a member of the 1998 Southeastern Conference regular season championship team as the squad's top pitcher. She posted 60 career wins, which currently ranks tied for fourth in Florida history.