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.
Hannah Akamine: Camp Coordinator/Volunteer Assistant Coach
Hannah Akamine enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Beavers. Akamine works primarily with Oregon State’s catchers and helps with mental game strategies. Akamine is also the coordinator for all OSU Softball camps and fundraising campaigns.
A 2011 graduate of Escondido High School, Akamine was a catcher for the 2013 Women’s College World Series runner-up Lady Vols. While at Tennessee, Akamine made 90 starts behind the plate as a freshman and sophomore posting a career .249 average and .398 on-base percentage.
Akamine joined the Beavers for the 2015 season starting in 51 games, holding a .308 average and drove in 28 runs. Akamine also earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on March 2, 2015 after notching three hits, a double, a home run and three RBIs against UC Santa Barbara.
Prior to her return to Oregon State, Akamine helped coach at West Albany High School while also providing private lessons. Akamine has also helped with every clinic at Oregon State since her senior year. On top of that, she was an Assistant Manager with Enterprise for the past two years.
Akamine says working alongside Coach Berg helped change her perception of softball both from a playing and work perspective. Coach Berg helps athletes realize the love one has for the sport and how to own one’s identity during and away from the sport. Akamine loved being a Beaver student-athlete and feels lucky to return as an alum and coach alongside Coach Berg and the rest of the OSU staff.
Akamine comes from a softball centered family as both of her sisters played Division I softball: Sarah (Arizona) and Lisa (Penn State).
Akamine currently resides in Corvallis with her fiancé, Jordan Brown, and their dog, Sophia Grace. Akamine and Brown met during her senior year at Oregon State at the OSU Softball Complex while Brown was a team manager.