Softball star Odicci Alexander has officially inked a deal to become an assistant coach of the Howard University softball team for the 2022-2023 season.
The Virginia native started her collegiate softball career at James Madison University (JMU). From 2017-2021, Alexander started in 207 of 208 games. She ranks highly on many of JMU’s record books, including her being third in program history in complete games, shutouts, strikeouts, and innings pitched, fourth in career home runs with a total of 3, and 10th in JMU history with .428 career on-base percentage.
In her final season with JMU, Alexander finished 22nd in the league standings, accumulating 1,300 leaderboard points. She tied for ninth with 1,050 win points, appeared in nine games with five starts, posted a 2-1 record in 26.0 innings, ranked fifth in the league with 22 strikeouts and went 2-for-5 from behind the plate with two runs scored and a double.
Alexander’s high-caliber performances made her instant sensation, where she took the top spot on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Top 10 countdown. As the World Series unfolded, Major League Baseball teams, the Washington Nationals and the Washington Commanders raved on social media about the JMU team. Alexander’s stardom in the sport struck after the 2021 Women’s College World Series, where her dominance and defensive skills showcased her true talent.
Head Coach Tori Tyson is excited about adding Alexander to the team, and is eager to witness what she can bring to the field. “Odicci will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. I can’t wait for our athletes to learn from her,” Tyson told Bison Athletics. “She has a real passion for developing pitchers and sharing the game and our bullpen, so our entire team and staff will benefit greatly from having her in our dugout.”
Alexander will be joining the Howard University team after their historic success this past season. After defeating the Morgan State Bears to win the MEAC tournament, the Bison became the first Howard team to score in the NCAA tournament.
The softball team will begin working with Alexander this fall, and look to build on last year’s success and head to new heights.
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