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Staff

OREGON STATE SOFTBALL CAMPS


COACHING STAFF

Marcie Green: Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach


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.

 


Adam DeRusha: Assistant Coach

 

Adam DeRusha joined the Oregon State softball staff as assistant coach in the fall of 2017 and is responsible for the infielders.

 

Prior to OSU, DeRusha spent two years as a graduate assistant at Louisiana State University, making the Women’s College World Series in both years. He was responsible for setting up and leading practice drills, tracking player and team development, scout and distributing play call cards.

 

Before heading to LSU, DeRusha spend two seasons with the University of Florida softball team when the Gators were crowned the Division I Softball National Champions in 2014 and 2015. He was responsible for ensuring operations efficiency and organizing team equipment.

 

DeRusha has helped out with a multitude of camps, both at Florida and LSU, and was the head coach of the 18U Wichita Mustangs Softball team in Wichita, Kansas in June 2017.

 

DeRusha graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Florida in 2015 and completed his master’s degree at LSU in the spring of 2017.

 

A native of Orlando, Fla., DeRusha currently resides in Corvallis.


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.


Mikiah Smith: Camp Coordinator/Assistant Coach

 

Mikiah Smith enters his eighth consecutive season, 10th overall, as an assistant coach for the Beavers. Smith previously worked with the team from 2005-08. Smith works primarily with Oregon State's catchers and facilitates team conditioning. Smith is also the coordinator for all OSU Softball camps and fundraising campaigns.

 

A 1996 graduate of Canby High School, Smith played baseball and earned an Associates Degree at Mt. Hood Community College. Smith also played baseball at Western Illinois University.

 

Smith earned his undergraduate degree in exercise & sport science from Oregon State in 2001 and completed his masters of art in teaching in 2002.

 

Prior to his return to Corvallis in 2005, Smith spent two years as a physical education teacher and baseball coach at Desert Hot Springs High School in Palm Springs, CA, coaching alongside current San Jose State Baseball Head Coach, Jason Hawkins. 

 

Smith married current Beaver softball director of operations and former OSU softball player, Heather Smith in August of 1999. The two were high school sweethearts at Canby High School. The couple has a daughter, Kiya, who was born Oct. 2003 and a son, Elijah, who was born Jan. 2006.