Courtney Scott is in her third season as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville. Scott works primarily with the pitchers and catchers while assisting in every aspect of game and practice preparation as well as recruiting.
The 2012 Cardinals posted a program-best 55-5 record and captured the BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament titles. Louisville spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 of the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association coaches' polls reaching as high as No. 7. The Cards earned the No. 15 overall seed while making their ninth-straight NCAA appearance and hosted a regional for the third time in four years.
The Cards' pitching staff was ranked fourth in the nation with a 1.39 ERA while Chelsea Leonard led the nation with 12 saves. Pitcher Tori Collins and catcher Taner Fowler were tabbed NFCA All-Americans and pitcher Caralisa Connell earned All-BIG EAST honors. Along with the success of the team came honors for the Cards' coaching staff which was named the NFCA Great Lakes Valley and BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
In her first season (2011), Scott's pitching staff battled injury, but still posted 38 wins and 13 shutouts. Tori Collins finished the season ranked 10th in the nation with 10 shutouts. Caralisa Connell earned All-BIG EAST honors in her rookie campaign. Fellow freshmen Maggie Ruckenbrod and Taner Fowler teamed to pick off a league-best 13 runners.
On July 1, 2010, University of Louisville softball coach Sandy Pearsall announced the addition of Courtney Scott to the Cardinals' coaching staff.
"We're happy to have Courtney on our staff," said Pearsall when Scott was hired. "She brings a wealth of experience as a player and as a coach. She is a high caliber person, player and coach and will bring great ideas and enthusiasm to the program. In her four years in the coaching profession, she has learned so much and has become one of the top assistants in our game."
Scott joined the Cardinals after two seasons at the University of Maryland, where she helped guide the Terrapins to an NCAA appearance in 2010. Under her guidance, the pitching staff led the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 1.71 ERA which was also the ninth best in the nation. Her pitching staff also combined for 12 shutouts and 471 strikeouts.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work for the University of Louisville and be a part of the softball program," said Scott upon her hiring. "Sandy Pearsall and Carol Bruggeman are two of the most knowledgeable and well-respected coaches in the country and have developed Louisville softball into a national competitor. I look forward to working alongside them as we continue to move Louisville softball forward."
Prior to her time at Maryland, Scott spent two years as graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. She was part of the staff that guided the Sooners to a 47-14 record en route to a Super Regional appearance in 2008.
The Clovis, Calif., native was an NFCA All-American catcher at California-Berkeley where she was a captain and four-year starter. During her time there, Scott helped lead the Golden Bears to four Women's College World Series appearances including the 2002 national title and a runner-up showing in 2003.
She went on to play for the National Professional Fastpitch league's NYNJ Juggernaut in 2004 and helped her team to the NPF Championship. Scott then traveled overseas for a three-year stint in the Japan League where she was a member of LeoPalace21. The Tokyo-based team finished third in 2005 and 2006 and was runner-up in 2004.
Scott graduated from California-Berkeley in 2003 with Bachelor's of Arts in American Business and Globalism and American Studies. She earned her Master's of Arts and Human Relations degree from Oklahoma in 2008.