DANVILLE, Va. — Averett University Director of Athletics Meg Stevens announced the hiring of Steve Alcorn as the softball program's new head coach on Tuesday.
Alcorn takes the reins of a successful Averett softball program that has two conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances since 2015 and six All-America selection since 2014.
"I would like to thank Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks, Director of Athletics Meg Stevens and the entire Averett community for this opportunity," Alcorn said. "Their vision for success at Averett and within the softball program is evident everywhere you look, and it is exciting to know that I will be a part of the Averett family."
Alcorn takes over Averett's program after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at NAIA University of Mobile, where he primarily worked as the pitching coach. In 2019, Alcorn helped guide nationally ranked Mobile to its second consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference regular season title before winning the conference tournament and region championship to qualify for the World Series. In 2018, Mobile also won the region and advanced to the World Series while garnering a national ranking. At Mobile, Alcorn helped coach two SSAC Pitcher of the Year selections, four NAIA All-America selections, 17 all-conference honorees and six all-region selections. Off the field, Mobile produced 27 all-academic team selections during those two seasons. In addition, Mobile's coaching staff was named the 2018 and 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Region II Coaching Staff of the Year.
Before the Rams' entire coaching staff was recruited to the University of Mobile, Alcorn was an assistant coach in 2017 with the same staff at Division II Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. While he was there, Spring Hill had three all-conference selections. Alcorn also served as an assistant coach during the 2016 season at Division III College of Wooster in Ohio.
"We are excited to welcome Steve Alcorn to the Averett family," Stevens said. "With his coaching experience, we believe he can take our softball program to the next level while developing our student-athletes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He is a great fit for the softball program, our department and the university as a whole."
Alcorn's experience expands beyond coaching college softball. He coached high school softball for 10 seasons in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, and was a long-time travel softball coach, including five years coaching Gold Level softball. He also was the head coach for The Performance Lab team in the American Softball Association Women's Professional League in Mobile during the summer of 2019. In addition to coaching, Alcorn was a police officer for 25 years in Pennsylvania.
"Coach Alcorn's seasoned background will benefit our softball program, and I am confident our student-athletes will thrive on and off the field under his guidance," Franks said.
A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Alcorn earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing from Towson University. He also played baseball for the Tigers.
Alcorn and his wife Kim have three daughters — Lauren, Casey and Shelby.
Release courtesy of the Averett sports information department.