Sept. 13, 2000
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
University of Virginia head softball coach Cheryl Sprangel has announced two additions to the softball coaching staff. Cathy Johnson has been named assistant coach, while Tiffany Redding joins the coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach.
Johnson comes to Virginia after serving as the head coach at Skagit Valley College, located in Mount Vernon, Washington, during the 2000 season. Johnson is a 1999 graduate from Western Washington University with a bachelor of arts degree in cultural anthropology and a minor in history.
While at Western Washington, Johnson was a four-year letterwinner on the softball team and helped lead the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances. She played four different infield positions, including pitcher, catcher, first base and third base, during her career. She served as team captain in 1998 and 1999 and was selected as the Vikings' Most Valuable Player in 1997 and 1998. Johnson helped lead Western Washington to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1998 and was also named to the National Championship All-Tournament Team. In 1998, she was selected as Western Washington's Female Athlete of the Year and earned the team's Most Inspirational Player Award in 1999.
During her collegiate career, Johnson served as a clinician at numerous softball camps in the Bellingham, Washington area. Johnson also has experience coaching at Team USA Softball Camps. Prior to coming to UVa, Johnson was the head coach of the Maddness Stars fastpitch team.
Redding comes to Virginia from the University of Tulsa, where she was a four-year letterwinner on the softball team. Redding graduated in May of 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. An excellent student, Redding was selected to the President's Honor Roll in the spring of 1999 and to the Dean's Honor Roll in the fall of 1996 and 1998. She was also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Academic All-America Team in 1999 as well as the 1999 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Academic Team.
Redding, who started at shortstop throughout her career, shares Tulsa's all-time record for base on balls with 34. She is also among the Golden Hurricane's all-time leaders in hits, at-bats, runs, RBI and triples.
In addition to her playing career, Redding has gained valuable softball experience while serving as an assistant coach to a 16-U travel team. She has also taught softball skills at several summer camps and clinics and served as a volunteer for Youth Education through Sports (YES) clinics in 1998 and 1999, also teaching softball skills.