Jessica Nutt named Williams Baptist softball coach

Jessica Nutt named Williams Baptist softball coach

Press Release from Williams Baptist University Athletics

The Williams Baptist University athletic department has announced the hiring of Jessica Nutt as head softball coach. Nutt joins the Lady Eagles softball program after spending the past three years as an assistant softball coach at Evangel University in Missouri.

"We are excited to have Jessica Nutt join the WBU family as our next head softball coach. Coach Nutt is very passionate about the game and will bring a high level of enthusiasm and excitement to our program. I am looking forward to working with her in our athletic department," said Director of Athletics Jeff Rider.

Nutt has been involved with various levels of coaching since 2007 and has been an assistant coach at Evangel since 2016. She is familiar with the American Midwest Conference after competing collegiately at Hannibal-LaGrange University from 2007-2011.

Nutt holds a master's degree in athletic administration from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. She was an academic all-conference performer throughout college.

"I am very excited to become a head coach. It has always been a dream job of mine to be a head softball coach at the collegiate level and I am very humbled and honored to have the opportunity to coach at Williams Baptist University," said Nutt.

Before working at Evangel, Nutt coached at the high school level. She also was a basketball coach, track coach and athletic director. The Bolivar, Mo., native has also served as coach for several summer league teams.

"I am thankful that God brought me to the town of Walnut Ridge, Ark. Throughout the interview process, everyone said that Williams Baptist University has a great family atmosphere and I am excited to join this family," said Nutt.

"I would like to thank Jay and Jamie Halbrook at Evangel for helping me become the type of coach I am today. I would also like to thank Coach Jeff Rider, the hiring committee, Dr. Stan Norman and Dr. Brad Baine at WBU for giving me this opportunity," she said.

Nutt will take over a program with strong tradition. The Lady Eagles have won the AMC regular season or tournament championship six times since 2010. They have four NAIA National Tournament appearances, twice finishing in the top six, the last appearance coming in 2017.

The new coach replaces Ethan Quarles, who has been skipper of the Lady Eagles for the past two years.

"Williams was always at the top of the conference when I played in the AMC in college, and it would be great to continue its winning ways. Coach Quarles has done a great job for the past two years and I am excited to continue his winning tradition. Not only are wins great on the softball field, but my expectation of the softball team is that we will be winners in the classroom as well," Nutt concluded.

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