Wallace State Softball

Coaching Staff


Head Coach A.J. Daugherty - 2nd Year

Daugherty came to Wallace State after spending four seasons at James Clemens High School in Madison, where he built the program from the ground up beginning in 2012 and led the Lady Jets to a top ranking in Class 7A in 2016 and a final four finish at the state tournament. Daugherty, a 2004 Leroy High graduate, coached at Holy Spirit and American Christian Academy prior to his appointment at James Clemens. While in college, Daugherty served as a student assistant at both Shelton State and the University of Alabama.

The Wallace State softball program captured its 11th Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 tournament championship during the 2017 season under first-year coach A.J. Daugherty and assistant Sallie Beth Burch.

After a summer of transition, Daugherty, 30, and the Lions made sure the conference title stayed in Hanceville. Wallace State finished the season with a 39-18 record, including beginning the conference slate 10-0. The Lions later put together a perfect four-game march at the ACCC tournament, capping the championship on a walk-off home run by freshman Tanner Robertson.

Robertson's homer lifted Wallace State softball to its 11th ACCC championship over the last 15 seasons, its third in a row and ninth in 11 seasons. The Lions also made their 11th NJCAA Division I national tournament appearance and third in a row, earning a No. 12 seed in St. George, Utah.

Wallace State softball's 11 conference championships came in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010-2007, 2005 and 2003.

Wallace State won its first national championship in 2008, and during a dominant three-year run to the NJCAA Division I title game (2008-10), the program compiled a 193-27 record (68-8 in 2008, 63-10 in 2009 and 62-9 in 2010), captured three ACCC championships and produced six combined NJCAA 1st-Team All-Americans.


Assistant Coach Sallie Beth Burch - 2nd Year