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Ole Miss Hires National Champion Coach Marsha Beasley to Lead Rifle Program

Picture courtesy of Ole Miss athletics
Picture courtesy of Ole Miss athletics

Eight-time NCAA Championship coach Marsha Beasley has been chosen to lead the Ole Miss rifle program into the future, athletics director Ross Bjork announced Monday.

Beasley brings an impressive resumé of credentials to Oxford from her championship stint as the head coach at West Virginia and her involvement with the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the Atlanta Olympics.

“The Ole Miss family enthusiastically welcomes Marsha as our new head rifle coach,” Bjork said. “This is an unprecedented hire for our program − never before have we welcomed a head coach who has won eight national championships in their respective sport. Our vision for Ole Miss rifle is to win national championships and we determined that we must go out and recruit the best head coach in the country. We’re grateful Marsha sees it the same way and she is now an Ole Miss Rebel. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for our student-athletes and our program.”

“I am honored and excited to be named the head women’s rifle coach at Ole Miss,” Beasley said. “I have wanted to return to college coaching and this is an amazing opportunity. Ole Miss is a great institution, the campus is beautiful, the athletics department is top notch, the rifle facilities are excellent, and I am looking forward to getting started.”

Beasley comes to Ole Miss from Morgantown, West Virginia where she has been serving as a volunteer coach for the Mason Dixon Junior Rifle Club and the West Virginia Junior Marksmanship Program.

From 1990-2006, Beasley was the head rifle coach at West Virginia leading the program to eight NCAA national championships. In her first year as head coach, the Mountaineers won the first of four consecutive NCAA titles (1990-93) and repeated the feat from 1995-98.

Beasley also coached eight individuals to NCAA national titles and 27 student-athletes earned 67 NRA All-America honors during her tenure. Four team members competed in the Olympic Games after leaving WVU.

Success at WVU under Beasley carried over to the classroom, as 25 student-athletes were named All-Academic 55 times by the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association.

Beasley’s coaching awards include US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year (for Shooting) and West Virginia Sports Writers Coach of the Year (all sports).

A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Beasley later earned a master’s in sport management at West Virginia. She competed in smallbore and air rifle while in college and as a member of the U.S. National Team.

In addition to competing and coaching, Beasley has been a leader in the sport. She drafted the bylaws to create the Mid-America Rifle Conference (now GARC) and was a staff member at the (then) national governing body of shooting (the NRA) and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. She also served 17 years on the Board of the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Beasley is married to Carl Flowers and they have a daughter, Tavie, who is a freshman at West Virginia and twin sons, Aaron and Daniel.

For more information on Ole Miss Rifle, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissRifle, on Facebook at OleMissRifle and on Instagram @OleMissRifle.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

Ole Miss to Hold Three Summer Baseball Camps

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 11.23.20 AMIt’s nearing the end of the school year, which means Ole Miss Summer Baseball Camps are back for three different sessions in 2016. The Ole Miss baseball team will host a four-day camp in June, while two four-day overnight camps will take place in July.

The Ole Miss Summer Baseball Camps are geared towards providing coaching, competition and facilities necessary for rapid improvement through fundamental drills and game situations. Through lectures, information is provided on positive thinking, goal setting and other skills designed to help campers fulfill their potential on and off the baseball field. Ole Miss Baseball camps offer a great opportunity to learn how to play the game the right way and have a lot of fun doing so.

Each camp has the option for half day and full day campers. Full day campers will be signed up for the entire day’s activities that runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for full day campers. Campers selecting the half day option will attend the morning session only, which will be 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day. Participants should bring their normal baseball gear to camp.

The first camp of the summer, available to grades 1 through 8, is scheduled for June 27-30. The camp will cover every aspect of baseball from hitting to pitching and throwing, as well as defense.

Ole Miss Baseball will offer two camps in July, scheduled for July 11-14 and July 18-21, where campers will have the option to stay overnight. A half week option is also available for these camps. Both sessions are for anyone in grades 1 through 12. Those choosing the overnight option will stay on campus, be fully supervised and provided with three meals a day. Campers must be at least 10 years old to stay overnight.

To register for a 2016 Ole Miss Summer Baseball Camp, click here. For more information, visit www.olemissbaseballcamps.com or contact Marc MacMillan via email (mjmacmil@ olemiss.edu) or phone (662-915-1348).

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

Osias, Becker Earn SEC Softball Weekly Awards

 Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

After dominating efforts, Ole Miss Softball senior Madi Osias has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week, and Kylan Becker has been named SEC Freshman of the Week for the period ending May 1, the league office announced Monday.

Osias earns the second weekly award of her career, while Becker tabbed her first weekly honor, becoming the first Rebel to win Freshman of the Week since Haley Culley on March 4, 2013.

The senior became the Rebels’ single-season wins leader this past week, picking up wins No. 18 and 19 in the circle. In both of her appearances, she went the distance, pitching two shutouts with just seven combined hits allowed, holding opponents to just a .152 average.

In Wednesday’s midweek tilt vs. UAB, Osias allowed just two hits, struck out five and only walked two to lead the Rebels to a 5-0 shutout. In the middle game of the series at No. 14 Georgia, she stymied the Bulldogs’ power-hitting club, working eight strikeouts – her fourth time this season with at least eight – punching out six of the nine hitters in the Bulldogs’ lineup at least once to hand Georgia its first shutout of 2016.

Becker went 7-for-8 (.875) with two RBI against UAB and No. 14 Georgia. In the win over UAB, she posted one of the Rebels’ three triples, helping tie the school record for triples in a game. After going 2-for-2 in the opener against Georgia, Becker came back in games two and three with two clutch RBI.

In the middle game in Athens, she recorded an RBI double for the only run that gave the Rebels their first win over Georgia since 2003. Becker came back in the finale to also drive in the first run off an RBI single, finishing 2-for-2 in that contest. She also recorded a sacrifice bunt that led to another run. Overall, Becker finished the week with a 1.250 slugging mark and an on-base percentage of .900, raising her average by 40 points to .320 on the year.

Becker and Osias lead the Rebels into their final midweek game of the year, set for Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Ruston, La. against Louisiana Tech.

For all Ole Miss Softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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