AKRON, OH – Former Akron Racers pitcher Alison Owen is moving straight from the circle to the coach’s box, Akron General Manager Joey Arrietta announced today. Owen’s addition as an assistant coach follows last week’s announcement that fellow former Racer Charlotte Morgan would also be joining Field Manager Brian Levin’s staff for the 2017 season.
“Alison Owen exemplifies the heart and soul of the Akron Racers,” explained Arrietta. “With the addition of eight rookies to our program, it was important to me to have Alison involved in their development as professional players.”
Owen pitched for Akron the entirety of her three-year professional career, appearing in 32 games with 15 starts. In three seasons, Owen compiled a 5-5 career record, including three complete games and a 4.64 ERA.
The Mississippi State alum left Starkville with many accolades including the school record with 473 strikeouts and the single season record with 250 strikeouts, despite only competing at the school for two years. Current Bulldog ace, and Racer draftee, Alexis Silkwood broke Owen’s career strikeout record earlier this season and currently sits with 552 strikeouts in her career.
In addition to her time in Akron, Owen is currently in her second season as an assistant coach at East Mississippi Community College, working primarily with the school’s pitchers. Prior to joining East Mississippi’s staff, Owen spent the 2015 collegiate season as a Graduate Assistant at Mississippi State.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.