Idaho State head softball coach Cristal Brown has finalized her 2019-20 coaching staff. Joining Brown in Pocatello are assistant coaches Sabrina Boyd and Randy Clark, and graduate student manager Madalyn Smith.
Boyd comes to Idaho State in pursuit of starting her coaching career after competing collegiately at Corban University in Oregon. During her four-year pitching career, Boyd became the school’s single-season record holder in innings pitched (202 1/3), wins (23), appearances (36), starts (32), and shutouts (9). She also tops the school’s career records in ERA (2.18), innings pitched (497 2/3), wins (54), appearances (103), starts (73), and shutouts (17).
“Her success and experience as a pitcher at Corban will have a great impact on our pitching staff on the field,” Brown said. “But more importantly, her work ethic, dedication to excellence and desire to invest in the lives of athletes makes her the perfect fit. Sabrina has a joyful and positive spirit and energy about her that is going to be such a fabulous addition to Idaho State softball.”
In 2018, Boyd helped lead the Warriors to the program’s second-straight NAIA Tournament, boasting a 20-8 record and 1.76 ERA to go alongside 21 complete games and nine shutouts. She was named Cascade Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive year for her performance. In 2017, she led her team to a national runner-up finish in the NAIA National Tournament in Clermont, Florida, after winning the CCC regular-season championship. Boyd set multiple school records during the 2017 season, pitching 36 games and starting in 32 while holding a 1.73 ERA.
Clark joins the program after eight years as an associate head coach at Whitworth University, where he worked alongside Brown.
“I could not be more thankful to have Randy come alongside me in this new adventure at Idaho State,” Brown said. “We have navigated the softball world together in various ways for about 25 years and make a great team. I am so fortunate to have someone of his caliber assist me in leading this team. Everything he touches succeeds, so that’s a good thing for Idaho State softball.”
During his eight seasons at Whitworth, Clark played an integral role in helping develop the Pirates into three-time Northwest Conference champions (2015-17), the first softball titles in school history.
Before Whitworth, he coached at The Master’s College from 2000-2003. His first season was the inaugural year for the program and by the third year he led the program to an NAIA postseason appearance, while also breaking into the top 25 national rankings. Clark coached highly competitive travel ball teams for seven years in California before coaching collegiately. He led his 18-under teams to top-four finishes twice at the national ASA tournament, where he coached many athletes who went on to become All-Americans at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels.
Smith comes to Pocatello as an occupational therapy graduate student. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Nazarene University, where she was also a member of the softball program.
“Maddy is going to be a fantastic addition to our staff,” Brown said. “She has such a great attitude and will be a constant source of encouragement to the team. We are so thankful for her willingness and desire to help in any way needed.”