BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Danny Fish has been named the new head coach for the Union College softball program, Union Director of Athletics Darin S. Wilson announced recently.
"We are very excited about having Danny join our staff and Union College," said Wilson. "We believe Danny will help continue to build the tradition that has been built within the softball program. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which will continue to move the program in the right direction."
Fish joins Union after a seven-year run as Maryville (Tenn.) College's head softball coach. He coached 28 All-Great South Athletic Conference players and 14 GSAC All-Freshman players. Fish also produced a 100 percent graduation rate with 39 GSAC All-Academic players. He was a three-time GSAC Coach of the Year (2004, 2007, and 2009) with five regular-season titles (2003-2005, 2007 and 2009). Fish also guided the Lady Scots to the 2007 NCAA Division III National Tournament.
While at Maryville Fish compiled a 159-115 (.580 winning percentage) record. In GSAC play, his squads went 80-30 (.733). Fish is a member of the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association as well.
"I am very happy for the opportunity here at Union," Fish commented about the new job. "I am going to bring a new energy and confidence to the program and hopefully influence every player in a manner that would make any parent proud."
He replaces Jon "Bubba" Szary, who resigned to pursue other interests. Szary, who held the position longer than any of his predecessors, took the Union program to new heights as he posted a 105-157 (.401) record during his five-year tenure. He led Union to the program's first fast-pitch conference title in 2007 with a school-record 38 wins. Union reached the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament championship game the past two seasons.
Fish graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2001 with a degree in physical education after completing his baseball career at the Athens, Tenn., institution. A two-time All-Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference selection, he was named to the NAIA's All-Region XII squad in 2000. Fish started his coaching career at Tennessee Wesleyan as an assistant softball coach for the 2002 campaign. Before attending Tennessee Wesleyan, Fish played at Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College for two seasons.
"We will instill a new work ethic and work attitude, which directly benefits everyone when they get out into the real world. I understand that it is my personal approach that creates the climate and my daily mood that makes the weather. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, I will do everything in power to stick to these principles," Fish said.
The 2009 Union softball squad went 27-25 in 2009 after finishing fifth in AAC play behind an 8-8 conference record.
"I am looking forward to meeting all the players and cannot wait to get to work," Fish added.
He is married to Nicole with a son, Devin.