Marcie Green is in her fifth season as Oregon State’s Associate Head Softball Coach and she works primarily with the pitching staff.
In her first season at Oregon State, she worked closely with senior right-hander Marina Demore, who was an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention pick after compiling a 21-13 record to become the first Oregon State pitcher since 2007 to win 20 games. Demore posted a career-best 3.00 ERA and also shattered her previous highs by tallying 19 complete games and six shutouts.
Green also mentored fellow senior Tina Andreana, whose two-hitter at No. 10 California on April 21, 2013 provided Oregon State with its first road shutout of a top-10 team since 2007. During a late April home series against No. 23 Arizona, the duo of Demore and Andreana threw all 22 innings and gave up just three earned runs, leading Oregon State to a trio of 2-1 wins for its first-ever sweep of the Wildcats. The weekend of pitching dominance also produced OSU’s first Pac-12 sweep since 2007 and its first sweep of a ranked foe since taking all three from No. 25 Oregon in 2005.
After working with veteran pitchers in her first year, Green took over a relatively inexperienced staff in 2014. Under her tutelage, senior Amanda Najdek has the best season of her collegiate career, highlighted by pair of victories over No. 5/7 Arizona State, leading to Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors. Green and the Beavers posted a number of big wins in the campaign, including Oregon State’s first series win over Stanford since 2007, in a three-game set that saw junior transfer Melanie Dembinski allow just 11 hits in 11 innings of work.
Green took over another inexperienced staff in 2015, with a group of pitchers featuring two transfers and a pair of freshmen. Green coached Beverly Miller to All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in her debut season at the Division I level, as the junior led the Pac-12 in innings pitched and threw the Beavers’ first no-hitter since 2011. Miller finished the year sixth in the conference in strikeouts. Under Green’s watch, the Beavers earned marquee wins over No. 16 Arizona State, No. 20 Washington and California, as well as a series sweep of Stanford.
In 2016, the staff saw the 30-wins mark for just the second time in Green's tenure, while recording the least losses with 20. Green coached freshman Meehra Nelson to the record books as she tallied seven saves to set a single-season record on her way to earning All-Pac-12 Third team and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors. She also was a Top-25 Finalist, Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I Freshman of the Year. The freshman also garnished a trio of in-season awards, being named Pac-12 Freshman and Pitcher of the Week and NFCA Selected Top Performance of the Week. Nelson finished with 211 strikeouts, the seventh-most in a single season.
2017 was a year that no one expected to happen how it did. Senior Taylor Cotton made a miraculous comeback to become the Beavers' ace. Cotton transferred from California after her freshman year and pitch a total of 59 1/3 inning her first two years in the Orange and Black. As a senior she started 29 games in the circle and posted a 2.50 ERA after hurling 165 1/3 innings. She nearly doubled her career strike outs with 142 during the season, including finishing tied for third in the Pac-12 with 36 batters struck out looking.
Green came to Oregon State after spending the previous nine years as an assistant at her alma mater-Fresno State. She helped the Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament appearances each season, in addition to four WAC championships and two conference tournament titles.
A four-year standout for the Bulldog softball program at pitcher, Green came to Fresno State after serving three years as an assistant coach at the College of Sequoias. COS finished third place at the 2003 state tournament and was part of a coaching staff that was selected as the 2003 National Fastpitch Coaches Association/California Junior College Coaching Staff of the Year.
While COS captured two conference titles (2002 and '03) under her assistance, she also coached her first NFCA All-America pitcher. In addition, Green served as adjunct faculty member who taught a physical education class on Fundamentals of Fast Pitch Softball.
In the Amateur Softball Association arena, Green was as an assistant coach for the Valley ICE Softball Organization for two years and helped the 18-under team reach the national tournament in 2001 and 2002. Also, Green co-directed the Fresno Force Softball Organization (1992-95). As co-head coach she helped the 16-under team to a national title in 1993 while reaching nationals with numerous age groups with the Fresno Force.
Green wrapped up her Bulldog career listed among the school's career top five in virtually every pitching category. The two-time all-Big West honoree guided Fresno State to three Big West Conference titles en-route to four NCAA Regional appearances and three Women's College World Series showings.
The two-time team co-MVP was named all-WCWS as a freshman when the Bulldogs finished as the national runner-up in 1990. With a tournament leading 14 strikeouts at the WCWS, she recorded shutout wins over Arizona and Oklahoma State. The next two years she would be decisive in the circle for the Bulldogs as she won the regional championship games that sent the Bulldogs to the WCWS in 1991 and '92, in which Fresno State finished third both years.
As a Bulldog, Green went 86-26 in the circle with 60 shutouts and 584 strikeouts in 779.1 innings pitched for a 0.66 ERA. In addition, she appeared in 119 games and started 112 while tossing 104 complete games. Throwing four no-hitters and tallying three 20-win seasons, she ranks among the program's top pitchers.
The Visalia, Calif., native, graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor of science in criminology in 1994.
Eric Leyba: Assistant Coach
Going into her seventh year as head coach, Laura Berg announced the addition of Eric Leyba to her staff for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
"Having Eric here is really going to help us out," said Berg. "He has a lot of years of experience playing and watching men's fast pitch. He brings some Pac-12 experience with him after coaching at the University of Oregon when I played, so he knows what kind of athletes we recruit in the Pac-12 and this can only benefit us.
He has a really smooth approach to the game and to the players. A lot of the athletes have been absorbing every word he says. It is really fun and exciting to watch this interaction. He throws incredible batting practice, and the girls are ecstatic about that."
Leyba comes to Oregon State after previously working with the Northwest Bullets. He was also the head coach at Churchill High School for the past 15 years.
"I am overwhelmed and excited to be joining the staff," said Leyba. "I have been around them while working camps. To finally be on staff and work alongside Coach Berg and Coach Green is amazing. In my opinion, Berg is the best female player to ever play the game. To get to work and learn from her is fantastic and a dream come true."
A graduate from New Mexico State, Leyba will bring Division I coaching experience to the staff after stints with New Mexico State from 1992-97 and the University of Oregon from 1997-99.
"I love the blue collar-ness of OSU," Leyba continue. "I went to a state school, so I appreciate the family atmosphere in the athletic department. Oregon State is a great university that has great people around it. You couldn't ask for a better situation."
Leyba will be responsible for the hitters and infielders at OSU and began his duties at the start of the fall 2018 season.
"The team has some great veterans coming back," stated Leyba. "I love the dynamic of the team and the environment that is coming together and meshing so far through the fall season."
A Deming, New Mexico native, Leyba is joined by his wife of 19 years, Heidi. The couple have one daughter, Tori and a son, Niko.
Heather Smith: Director of Operations
Heather Smith begins her 16th season as the Director of Softball Operations at Oregon State, having also served as an assistant coach during her time in Corvallis.
Smith’s operations position focuses on travel planning, equipment, scheduling, the Cathedral City Softball Classic and special project coordination.
Smith rejoined the Beaver staff in September of 2004 for her second stint as an assistant coach and her fourth season overall in the dugout. Smith helped lead Oregon State to its first ever Pac-10 championship in 2005 and reel off a school record 28-game winning streak in 2006. She and the rest of the Beaver coaching staff were honored as the 2005 Speedline/NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Prior to her return to Oregon State, Smith spent two years outside of the college coaching ranks working as a personal trainer and coaching softball at Desert Hot Springs High School in Palm Springs, Calif.
Smith, who was the first recruit to sign a letter of intent to play for Kirk Walker at Oregon State, played for the Beavers from 1995-99 and helped lead Oregon State to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999. She enjoyed her most successful season as a senior, when she batted .252 with 32 hits and 12 RBI and was third on the team with six doubles. She was recognized as an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic Team selection in 1999.
The 1999 Beavers had a school record 47 wins and finished one game shy of heading to the College World Series.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food management from OSU in 1998 and originally planned to give up her final year of eligibility after graduation. But, after returning to Corvallis to participate in an alumni game in October 1998, she decided to return to Oregon State to continue her studies and play her final year of softball eligibility.
She served as assistant girls’ basketball coach at Canby High School, her alma mater, for part of the 1998-99 season until deciding to return to Oregon State.
Smith worked as a coach at Oregon State’s winter and summer softball camps and clinics from 1994-98, and she also worked at the Oregon State women’s basketball camp in 1996.
The former Heather Chinn, a Portland native, married Mikiah Smith in August, 1999. The couple has a daughter, Kiya, who was born in October of 2003, and a son, Elijah, who was born in January of 2006.
Shelly Prochaska: Camp Coordinator/Volunteer Assistant Coach
Shelly Prochaska joins the softball program as a volunteer assistant for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Prochaska returns to Oregon State after previously having stints with multiple Division I softball programs including, but not limited to: Cal State Bakersfield, University of North Dakota and Boise State.
"I am so excited to be back at OSU," said Prochaska. "Ever since becoming a coach my goal was to come back to Corvallis and be a part of this coaching staff. I had such a wonderful experience as a Beaver student-athlete that I wanted to give back as coach."
Most recently, Prochaska was an assistant coach for the Sonoma State softball program during the 2018-19 season. Prior to this, she spent three seasons as the assistant coach for the CSU Bakersfield program and was primarily responsible for the CSUB pitchers and catchers, while also working with the hitters. The Roadrunners saw a pair of student-athletes earn All-Conference honors in each of the two seasons under her tutelage while also advancing to Regionals for the first time in the CSUB's Division I history in 2016.
Before her time spent at CSU Bakersfield Prochaska spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at the University of North Dakota. Prior to her year in Grand Forks, N.D., Prochaska was the assistant coach at Boise State from 2010-14. While with the Broncos, Prochaska guided the pitching staff to set records for ERA (3.12), opponent batting average (.250), and fewest walks per seven innings (1.94) in 2012. Her 2011 rotation threw a BSU-best nine shutouts and recorded a program-high 6.21 strikeouts per seven innings. She also coached four Broncos pitchers to seasons in which they earned All-Conference and one was named Second Team All-Pacific Region.
Prochaska spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Idaho State softball team where she began as an assistant coach and eventually finished out the latter year as the interim head coach. ISU posted a 34-60 record during Prochaska's tenure, including a 10-24 mark while she was interim head coach. In her first season, the Bengals reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1982.
Prior to her move to Idaho, Prochaska also worked at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) as an assistant coach in softball and volleyball from 2006 to 2008. She was named interim head volleyball coach at Kenyon in November 2007. Prochaska's softball teams at Kenyon combined for a 32-34 record, including 14-14 in the North Central Athletic Conference.
Prochaska began her coaching career as an undergraduate assistant Oregon State in 2004. Her stint as a coach at OSU came on the heels of one of the most accomplished playing careers in OSU history. Playing in 260 games and making 254 starts from 2000-03, the majority coming at catcher, Prochaska saw action in more games than any Beaver in school history. She left the program with her name in the top five of eight different career batting categories, and became the first OSU softball player to record 200 hits, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored in her career. Prochaska's performances earned her All-Pac-10 and Easton All-American honors as a senior while she was also named All-Region in 2001. To this day, Prochaska is still in the top-10 for: single season (209) and career (746) at bats, single-season (48) and career (121) RBI, career singles (159), career doubles (35), career hits (210) and career base on balls (87).
After her collegiate career, Prochaska earned an invitation to and attended the USA National Team Tryouts in 2003 in Chula Vista, Calif. Prochaska continued her playing career as a member of the Portland All-Star Team in 2004. In the summer of 2007, Prochaska joined the New England Riptide of the National Professional Fastpitch League.
"Being able to work with Coach Berg, Green, & Leyba is such a privilege," continued Prochaska. "They are very well respected as coaches and people, I know that I will learn a lot from them. What Coach Berg is building here is very special and I looking forward to the upcoming season!"
A native of Aloha, Ore., Prochaska graduated from Oregon State in 2004 with a degree in health promotion and education.