Jennifer McFalls - Kansas Univ. - SOFTBALL Situational Defense

by Texas High School Coaches Association
Jennifer McFalls - Kansas Univ. - SOFTBALL Situational Defense


Jennifer McFalls - Kansas University

Lecture Title: Situational Defense

Lecture delivered at the Texas High School Coaches Association 90th annual Coaching School and Convention - July 2022


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Texas High School Coaches Association



Jennifer McFalls - Kansas University

Lecture Title: Situational Defense

Jennifer McFalls finished her third season at the helm of the Kansas softball program in 2021 after being hired by the University of Kansas on Aug. 20, 2018. Prior to her tenure at Kansas, McFalls helped lead Texas to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her eight years as an assistant there (2011-2018), including a Super Regional in 2012 and the Women’s College World Series in 2013.  Prior to going to Texas she served two stints as a collegiate assistant coach – one season at the University of Oklahoma (1998) and three seasons at Texas A&M University (1995-97).

McFalls served as the Longhorns’ defensive coach and recruiting coordinator.  During her tenure the Longhorns registered some of the highest fielding-percentage and double-play numbers in the history of the program.  She helped coach nine All-America selections, two Big 12 Conference Players of the Year and more than three dozen All-Big 12 players.

She played on the USA’s gold-medal-winning team at the 2000 Olympics, scoring the game-winning run in the USA’s victory over Japan in the gold-medal game. She also scored the only run in the USA’s 1-0 victory over Australia to send the Americans to the gold-medal game. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000, helping her teams to a gold medal in the 1999 Pan American Games and a gold medal at the 1998 World Championships.

McFalls has also been active off the field with USA Softball.  She served on the USA Softball selection committee for five years and also as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2010 Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship.

A four-year starter at shortstop for Texas A&M, McFalls earned first-team All-America honors in 1993 and led the Aggies in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage in all four seasons. In 1994 she was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year, and in 2001 she was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.

McFalls has also coached at the professional level; in 2015 she earned coach-of-the-year honors as head coach of the Dallas Charge of the National Pro Fastpitch league.  She also served as a head coach for five years at the high-school level in Texas and has directed numerous softball clinics across the United States.

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