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Beth Keylon-Randolph, whose coaching resume includes over 650 victories, 10 conference titles, six Coach-of-the-Year selections and the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championship, begins her third season as East Carolina's head softball coach after officially accepting the position on Oct. 25, 2012.
Keylon-Randolph and the Pirates are coming off of a 2014 season in which they racked up 28 overall wins and 14 league victories. East Carolina finished 14-10 in its final season in Conference USA and earned a No. 6 seed in the C-USA Tournament to run its streak to 10 straight C-USA Tournament appearances.
With Keylon-Randolph at the helm, the Pirates put together a six-game winning streak from February 23 - March 8 that included a three-game sweep over Tennessee Tech. During that stretch, East Carolina won 10 of 12 games to close out non-conference play and move into conference action.
East Carolina's success on the field translated into several post-season awards as Kristi Oshiro, Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin, Shelby Johnson and Abby Wynne were named to the 2014 All-Conference USA Second Team.
At the conclusion of the season, Jill Jelnick earned C-USA All-Tournament Team honors as well as her third straight Conference USA All-Academic Team selection.
Additionally, Oshiro and Johnson went on to earn NFCA All-Region honors, while seven Pirates (Gabby Andino, Sarah Christian, Alex Fieldhouse, Jelnick, Lydia Ritchie, Caroline Umphlett and Wynne) were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes.
Keylon-Randolph began her career at East Carolina with a 21-win season in which the Pirates' earned a No. 5 seed in the Conference USA tournament after compiling an 11-12 league record. She piloted the Pirates to a winning streak of seven straight conference victories from April 7-21 to tie for the fifth-longest streak in school history.
Under her tutelage, ECU had three All-Conference USA selections in Jordan Lewis and Kristi Oshiro earning Second Team honors, while Meredith Mitchell secured a spot on the All-Freshman Team.
Off the field, Keylon-Randolph stressed academics as Jelnick and Sarah Christian were selected to the 2013 Conference USA Softball All-Academic Team. Jelnick went on to earn Capital One Academic All-District 3 First Team accolades.
Prior to coming to East Carolina, Keylon-Randolph served 11 seasons as head coach at Chattanooga State, where she also held the title of Assistant Athletics Director and served as the chairman of the Faculty Advisory Committee.
In her 11 campaigns with the Tigers, Keylon-Randolph coached Chattanooga State to a 602-118 (.836) overall record and nine regional titles in addition to a run of conference championships. Beginning with the 2002 season, CSCC won the Region VIII Tournament eight times and finished ranked in the Top 20 for 11 consecutive years, including No. 1 standings in 2009 and 2012. In 2012, Coach Keylon-Randolph topped off her list of impressive accomplishments by leading Chattanooga State to the NJCAA National Division I Championship.
The Tigers finished among the NJCAA's Top 15 statistical leaders in hitting seven times during her tenure, including second in 2006. In the circle, her 2008 squad posted the lowest team ERA in the nation.
At Chattanooga State, Keylon-Randolph tutored 83 all-conference players, 23 NJCAA All-America selections, eight conference pitchers-of-the-year and five players-of-the-year. She also mentored eight student-athletes to NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-America status with more than 100 of her players earning all-academic region honors.
A six-time coach Region VII Coach-of-the-Year, Keylon-Randolph was selected as the 2012 NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) Karen L. Sykes Outstanding Coach of the NJCAA Tournament and provided direct oversight to assistants who earned 2012 NFCA Coaching Staff-of-the-Year honors.
Internationally, she was selected as co-head coach of Team USA in 2007 and helped the squad to victories over Japan, Australia, China and the Czech Republic during the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
She began her coaching career as an assistant at alma mater Tennessee Tech and played a role directing the Golden Eagles to an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship. She was a part of the TTU staff for two seasons (1995-96) before accepting a position as an assistant coach at South Carolina in 1998.
While with the Gamecocks, Keylon-Randolph helped South Carolina to the 2000 Southeastern Conference Tournament title and consecutive NCAA Regional appearances in 1999 and 2000. She then spent the 2001 season as an assistant at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where she developed the Southern Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year and was part of the Mocs' SoCon Tournament championship team.
An outstanding student-athlete, she was named the 1994 Tennessee Tech Female Athlete-of-the-Year as well as the Ohio Valley Conference Player and Pitcher-of-the-Year after leading the Golden Eagles to an undefeated regular season and conference championship. She was the first player in league history to win both honors concurrently. In the classroom, she was also a member of the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
In the spring of 2004, Keylon-Randolph was selected to Tennessee Tech Softball's Inaugural Wall of Fame and was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame. She graduated from the Cookeville institution with a degree in biology in 1995 - the same year she opened the KFA Softball Academy, where she has instructed over 2,500 young women in all aspects of softball skill instruction and development.
Keylon-Randolph and her husband, Scott, have two sons, Cole and Trey.
THE BETH KEYLON-RANDOLPH FILE
Coaching / Professional Experience
2012 - Pres.: East Carolina University, Head Coach
2007: Team USA, Co-Head Coach
2001-12: Chattanooga State, Head Coach
2000-01: UT-Chattanooga, Pitching Coach
1998-00: South Carolina, Pitching Coach
1995-2012: KFA Softball Academy, Instructor / Owner
1994-96: Tennessee Tech, Assistant Coach
1992-94: Tennessee Tech
1995: Tennessee Tech, Bachelor of Science in biology
Birth Date: December 7, 1971
Birthplace: Daytona, Tenn.
Family: Husband, Scott, two sons, Cole and Trey
Championships and Honors
National Junior College National Championship: 2012
Tennessee Community College Athletic Association: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
NJCAA Regionals VII Championship: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
NJCAA College World Series Appearances: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
Tennessee Community College Athletic Association: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaching Staff-of-the-Year: 2012
National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff-of-the-Year: 2012
National Fastpitch Coaches Association Karen L. Sykes Outstanding Coach-of-the NJCAA Tournament: 2012
Career Head Coaching Record
651-166 (.797) - 13 seasons