Fast-Pitch Softball Head Coach Kevin Fagan
Kevin Fagan, the new softball coach at the College of Central Florida, has put together an impressive career in athletics.Fagan spent two seasons at CF as a volunteer assistant coach before moving up to the head coaching role. Prior to getting into coaching, the graduate of John I. Leonard High School had a decorated athletic career on the gridiron.
Fagan, a championship-winning defensive lineman with the University of Miami (1983 National Champion) and San Francisco 49ers (two Super Bowl Rings), played seven years in the NFL before retiring in 1994.He also has earned a spot in the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame, as well as the University of Miami Hall of Fame. Fagan also earned NFL All-Pro honors, as well as a spot on the All-Madden Team. From there, he got into softball coaching when his oldest daughter Kasey began playing in a Dunnellon-area youth league. At Dunnellon High School, Fagan led the Tigers to Class 4A State Championships in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 DHS team was named national champions by ESPN after it knocked off high-powered Naples in the Class 4A State Championship Game in Clermont. Overall, Fagan coached DHS for six seasons and compiled a 122-19 record. During his time at DHS, Fagan coached three Florida Gatorade Players of the Year, one National Gatorade Player of the Year, seven All-State players (four on the first team) and three All-Americans (two on the first team). Fagan's daughters Kasey (Arkansas), Sami (Missouri) and Haley (South Alabama) play Division I softball. All were standouts for Fagan at DHS before moving on to the next level.
Aside from coaching at DHS, Fagan has an impressive record coaching travel ball. In 2009, Fagan became an assistant coach for Team North Florida 18-Gold and then took over as the team's head coach from 2010-2012. Under his watch, the team qualified for Gold Nationals four straight years and had three top-five finishes. After leading his team to the Gold Nationals runner-up in 2010, Fagan's squad won the Gold Nationals Tournament the following season. Along the way, Fagan's travel team won the Champions Cup, Independence Day Tournament and the inaugural NFCA Tournament in 2011. In all, over 50 players who have played for Fagan at the travel ball level have earned college scholarships. Fagan then brought his talents to CF two years ago and worked primarily with the softball team's pitchers, while also working with hitting and infielders. His impact was felt right away. In his first season as an assistant with the program, Fagan helped the Patriots up their win total from 14 to 28 games. The team ERA also dropped from 3.37 to 2.28 in 2012. This past season, Fagan was a key part of a CF softball program, which advanced to the Atlantic District Championship Game, its best-ever showing in school history at the state softball tournament. In 2013, the CF pitching staff dropped its ERA to 1.56 and Fagan led the staff to a pair of state pitcher of the week awards, a first-team All-Conference pitcher and a second-team All-State pitcher.
Fagan's prowess as a coach and teacher can be shown by his staff at DHS earning the NFCA Softball Staff of the Year in 2009 and 2010. He also earned the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year in 2010. Fagan, who earned his bachelor's degree from St. Leo University, served in the Midwest Florida FCA Region Board from 2010-2012 and is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon. In his free time, Fagan does charity work for the Boys and Girls Club of Dunnellon and serves as a faith-based speaker at various events.
Assistant Coach Mike Lingle
Coach Mike Lingle enters his fourth season as the assistant coach for the Patriots. At CF, Lingle is the Recruiting Coordinator, while serving as the first base coach and helping out in all facets of the game. Lingle is a graduate of CF and played baseball for the Patriots under the guidance of current CF coach Marty Smith. Lingle received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from St. Leo University. From there, Lingle has been a part of the Marion County Public Education System for the past 15 years as a teacher at Osceola Middle School.
Prior to coming to CF, Lingle established Ocala Forest High as a perennial contender. He lead the Wildcats to six straight postseason berths, collected 131 wins and sent dozens of players on to the collegiate level. While at Forest, Lingle had 17 players earn all-state honors. Aside from coaching at Forest High, Lingle has also spent some time in the travel ball circuit coaching Ocala Gold, where he sent over 30 girls on to colleges, while collecting two state titles, a World Series Championship, and numerous tournament titles.
In his past three seasons as a recruiting coordinator for the Patriots, Lingle has helped the program reach new levels. He has helped the program go from a team with 14 wins in a season to 36 wins a year ago. During this time. his recruiting efforts have made CF a common name seen in the JUCO state polls.
Aside from coaching and teaching, Coach Lingle enjoys spending time with his wife Laurel and his daughters Lindie and Mahri. Lingle is also an active member of Meadowbrook Church.