Head Coach | Sarah Willis

Sarah Willis embarks upon her third season as head coach of the Bowling Green State University softball program in the 2017-18 academic year. Willis officially joined the Falcon family on July 1, 2015.

Under her guidance, the Falcons have made progress toward a return to the top of the Mid-American Conference. BGSU amassed much-improved statistics in multiple categories in 2017, including in the win column.

"It's an honor to lead the softball program at Bowling Green State University," said Willis at the time of her hiring. "The Falcons have an exceptionally rich academic and athletic tradition and I welcome the opportunity to unite in the efforts to achieve national prominence for the BGSU softball program.

"This is a great university that plays in an extremely competitive softball conference. I am thrilled to be a Falcon."

In her first year with the Falcons, the team went 18-36 overall and 6-17 in MAC play. And, in 2017, the team was picked to finish sixth (i.e., last) in the East Division in the preseason coaches' poll. But, the Falcons were in the race for a MAC Tournament berth until the final day of the regular season.

BGSU won six more games in 2017 than in '16, and the team's MAC win total was four victories higher than the previous year. BG went 24-32 overall and 10-14 in league action, and the Falcons finished as close to first place as to last place in the East Division.

BGSU nearly tripled the home win total from the previous year, despite playing fewer games at Meserve Field. The Brown and Orange went 8-3 at Meserve in 2017 after posting a 3-11 home mark in '16.

Falcon pitchers threw 10 complete games, including four shutouts, in the 11 home games in 2017.

BGSU's 2017 victories included a 3-2, neutral-site win over Oklahoma State, a team that won 38 games, advanced to an NCAA Regional and finished the year ranked 25th in the nation.

Willis came to Northwest Ohio after a highly-successful stint on the staff at the University of Dayton. During the 2015 season, her first with UD, Willis helped the Flyers to a 39-14 overall record and an Atlantic 10 Conference mark of 20-2. UD broke the school record for wins in a season, and the Flyers earned the first A-10 regular-season title in program history. Dayton also advanced to the A-10 Tournament Championship final for the first time in history.

Willis worked with the Flyer pitching staff, achieving tremendous success in '15. The staff led the conference and ranked among the top-25 in the nation in several categories. UD led the league in wins, saves (10), winning percentage (.736), strikeouts (353), shutouts (12), fewest runs allowed (155) and fewest earned runs allowed (118). The Flyers also surrendered the fewest hits, doubles, triples and homers of any A-10 team in 2015.

The Willis-led pitching corps included the 2015 Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year in Kayla English, as well as the A-10's Rookie of the Year in Manda Cash. English earned all-conference first-team honors, while Cash was named to the second team.  Additionally, English was named the A-10 Pitcher of the Week on four occasions, while Cash earned four A-10 Rookie-of-the-Week honors. Cash set the school single-season saves record, leading the nation in that category, and she earned the final NFCA National Pitcher-of-the-Week honor of the 2015 season.

Willis joined the Dayton program after spending two seasons (2012-14) as an assistant coach as Southeast Missouri State University. She also spent several years (2010-12) as an assistant coach at Princeton University. Willis coached the pitchers, catchers and outfielders at Princeton, and her duties at SEMO included skill instruction and player physical, mental and emotional development of pitchers/catchers/hitters on a day-to-day basis.

Willis was the recruiting coordinator for both the Tigers and the Redhawks.

In 2012, Willis spent the summer with the North Carolina Diamonds of the NPF where she coached along with Teresa Wilson, one of the top pitching instructors in the nation. Willis assisted in skill instruction and management of pitchers, catchers, outfielders and offense along with helping develop individualized training programs for the athletes.

Willis began her coaching career as a student assistant coach at Texas Tech University, her alma mater. She pitched for the Red Raiders from 2005-08, and finished her career with 22 wins and 298 strikeouts in 113 appearances. She was named to the Texas Tech dean's and president's honor lists. In 2007, Willis had the highest GPA of any female athlete at the school.

Willis graduated from Texas Tech in 2008, with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She went on to earn her master's degree in exercise and sport sciences from TTU in 2010.

Willis and her husband, Joe, reside in Bowling Green. They have one daughter, Zoey, who was born on Jan. 10, 2017.

Assistant Coach | Katie Reiff

Katie Reiff enters her second year on the softball staff at Bowling Green State University in 2017-18. Falcon head coach Sarah Willis announced Reiff's hiring on Oct. 7, 2016.

"I want to thank Coach Willis, the hiring committee, and the athletic department for the opportunity to be a part of the Bowling Green family as a member of the softball staff," said Reiff at the time of her hiring. "The core values and philosophies Coach Willis has established within the program closely align with those of my own. The opportunity for growth with the current players and the program as a whole is both encouraging and exciting."

In 2017, Reiff's first year with the Falcons, the team was picked to finish sixth (i.e., last) in the East Division in the preseason coaches' poll. But, BG was in the race for a MAC Tournament berth until the final day of the regular season.

BGSU won six more games in 2017 than in '16, and the team's MAC win total was four victories higher than the previous year. BG went 24-32 overall and 10-14 in league action, and the Falcons finished as close to first place as to last place in the East Division.

BGSU nearly tripled the home win total from the previous year, despite playing fewer games at Meserve Field. The Brown and Orange went 8-3 at Meserve in 2017 after posting a 3-11 home mark in '16.

BGSU's 2017 victories included a 3-2, neutral-site win over Oklahoma State, a team that won 38 games, advanced to an NCAA Regional and finished the year ranked 25th in the nation.

Reiff joined the Falcons after a brief stint as assistant coach at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. Prior to that, she spent two years on the staff at the University of Tennessee at Martin, her alma mater.

At UT Martin, Reiff worked with the infielders and outfielders, including All-Ohio Valley Conference performer Katie Warrick. Warrick led the conference with 10 homers and 49 runs batted in during the 2016 season. In 2015, Reiff mentored a pair of all-conference honorees including Kenzi Tate, who paced the squad in homers, RBI and batting average en route to All-OVC First-Team honors.

Reiff served as a student assistant during the 2014 season while completing her undergraduate degree at UT Martin.

"I am thrilled to add Kaitlyn Reiff to our coaching staff," said Willis at the time of Reiff's hiring. "Her passion for the game and approach to student athletes will help to enhance the growing culture of our program. She is a great addition to our coaching staff and I am excited to see her contributions to the Falcon infield and offense."

As a student-athlete for the Skyhawks, Reiff appeared in 76 games, making a total of 57 starts between second base and shortstop. She started every game in 2013 before suffering a season-ending injury, tallying 10 hits and three RBI. Reiff helped the program earn the OVC regular-season and tournament titles in 2012, as the Skyhawks participated in the NCAA Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Reiff also was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.

Reiff played her final two seasons at UT Martin after spending two years at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. While with the Lakers, Reiff was a two-time Region 24 All-Tournament Team selection, and batted .367 with 13 doubles, four homers and 35 RBI. She captained the team, helping Lake Land to a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in 2011.

Reiff, the daughter of Bill and Amy Reiff of Monticello, Ind., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance from UT Martin in May of 2014. She earned a Master of Science degree in education curriculum and instruction at UT Martin in December of 2016.

Assistant Coach | Lauren Gambone

Katie Reiff enters her second year on the softball staff at Bowling Green State University in 2017-18. Falcon head coach Sarah Willis announced Reiff's hiring on Oct. 7, 2016.

"I want to thank Coach Willis, the hiring committee, and the athletic department for the opportunity to be a part of the Bowling Green family as a member of the softball staff," said Reiff at the time of her hiring. "The core values and philosophies Coach Willis has established within the program closely align with those of my own. The opportunity for growth with the current players and the program as a whole is both encouraging and exciting."

In 2017, Reiff's first year with the Falcons, the team was picked to finish sixth (i.e., last) in the East Division in the preseason coaches' poll. But, BG was in the race for a MAC Tournament berth until the final day of the regular season.

BGSU won six more games in 2017 than in '16, and the team's MAC win total was four victories higher than the previous year. BG went 24-32 overall and 10-14 in league action, and the Falcons finished as close to first place as to last place in the East Division.

BGSU nearly tripled the home win total from the previous year, despite playing fewer games at Meserve Field. The Brown and Orange went 8-3 at Meserve in 2017 after posting a 3-11 home mark in '16.

BGSU's 2017 victories included a 3-2, neutral-site win over Oklahoma State, a team that won 38 games, advanced to an NCAA Regional and finished the year ranked 25th in the nation.

Reiff joined the Falcons after a brief stint as assistant coach at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. Prior to that, she spent two years on the staff at the University of Tennessee at Martin, her alma mater.

At UT Martin, Reiff worked with the infielders and outfielders, including All-Ohio Valley Conference performer Katie Warrick. Warrick led the conference with 10 homers and 49 runs batted in during the 2016 season. In 2015, Reiff mentored a pair of all-conference honorees including Kenzi Tate, who paced the squad in homers, RBI and batting average en route to All-OVC First-Team honors.

Reiff served as a student assistant during the 2014 season while completing her undergraduate degree at UT Martin.

"I am thrilled to add Kaitlyn Reiff to our coaching staff," said Willis at the time of Reiff's hiring. "Her passion for the game and approach to student athletes will help to enhance the growing culture of our program. She is a great addition to our coaching staff and I am excited to see her contributions to the Falcon infield and offense."

As a student-athlete for the Skyhawks, Reiff appeared in 76 games, making a total of 57 starts between second base and shortstop. She started every game in 2013 before suffering a season-ending injury, tallying 10 hits and three RBI. Reiff helped the program earn the OVC regular-season and tournament titles in 2012, as the Skyhawks participated in the NCAA Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Reiff also was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.

Reiff played her final two seasons at UT Martin after spending two years at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. While with the Lakers, Reiff was a two-time Region 24 All-Tournament Team selection, and batted .367 with 13 doubles, four homers and 35 RBI. She captained the team, helping Lake Land to a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in 2011.

Reiff, the daughter of Bill and Amy Reiff of Monticello, Ind., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance from UT Martin in May of 2014. She earned a Master of Science degree in education curriculum and instruction at UT Martin in December of 2016.