Beth Torina heads into her second season at the helm of the LSU softball program after she returned the Tigers to national prominence and earned a 2012 Women's College World Series berth during her inaugural campaign.
The trip to the 2012 WCWS was the program's third overall appearance on college softball's biggest stage and program's first since 2004. The Tigers became only the third team since the current regional/super regional format that was adopted in 2005 to knock off two seeded teams in No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Missouri on the road en route to Oklahoma City.
Torina guided the LSU pitching staff to a stifling 1.58 staff ERA, tied for second-lowest in the SEC. The 1-2 punch of Rachele Fico and Brittany Mack amassed 36 of LSU's 40 victories during 2012 in the circle.
Fico garnered 20 victories, a stout 1.12 ERA, racked up 221 strikeouts, limited opponents to a .183 batting average and tossed 13 shutouts over 230.1 innings. Her 1.12 ERA and 13 shutouts were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NCAA rankings. For her efforts, Fico became the sixth player in program history to notch National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America First-Team accolades.
Mack finished her career as one of LSU's most decorated hurlers. She came away with 56 victories and is one of five pitchers in program history to record over 600 career strikeouts. In 2012, Mack created and championed the "Geaux Play" program where new or gently used sports equipment was donated at home games to benefit the Miracle League Association at Cypress Mounds. She was named a Lowe's Senior Class Award Top 30 Finalist and the SEC's Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, the first time a LSU softball player has received that award.
Torina also serves as the head coach of the USSSA Florida Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League. Their roster features multiple Olympians which includes ESPN softball analyst Jessica Mendoza along with Caitlin Lowe and Natasha Watley. The Pride made Mack the NPF's No. 1 overall draft pick and captured the Ringer Cup trophy in 2012 awarded to the league's regular season champion. Prior to assuming head coaching duties, Torina served as an assistant coach for two seasons under Florida head coach Tim Walton. The Pride won the 2010 NPF championship.
Before joining the LSU program in June 2011, Torina took Florida International of the Sun Belt Conference to new heights. The two-time SBC Coach of the Year led the Golden Panthers to a 129-111 record in four seasons and directed FIU to its first NCAA Tournament victory in 2010.
The 2010 campaign saw the Golden Panthers sweep the SBC postseason awards as Kasey Barrett was the league's Pitcher of the Year, Ashley McClain was tabbed Player of the Year and Brie Rojas garnered Freshman of the Year status.
Individually, Torina coached 10 players to 14 All-SBC selections sparked by Jessy Alfonso and McClain, who have picked up All-SBC First-Team honors during each of the last two seasons. McClain also has collected 2010 and 2011 NFCA All-South Region First-Team accolades.
Torina spent five seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Houston from 2003-07. The Cougars claimed the 2007 Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. One of her most prized recruits, Angel Shamblin, went on to become a two-time C-USA Pitcher of the Year, an NFCA All-South Region selection and a 2008 NFCA All-American. In addition to Shamblin, Torina saw seven UH hurlers receive All-Conference USA accolades during her tenure.
Torina began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Stetson University from 2000-02, leaving her mark on the Hatters' softball program after helping lead the 2001 squad to a share of the regular season Atlantic Sun Conference championship. Torina's pitchers set a quartet of school records, including wins (45), shutouts (20), strikeouts (385) and strikeouts per seven innings (6.70).
Torina earned her B.S. in health sciences and occupational therapy from Florida in 2000. During her playing career with the Gators, she was a member of the 1998 Southeastern Conference regular season championship team as the squad's top pitcher. She posted 60 career wins, which currently ranks tied for fourth in the UF record book. In the classroom, Torina was a GTE Academic All-America and a finalist for the 2000 H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Torina has established an active community service function within the softball program as the Tigers regularly visit hospitals and schools in the Baton Rouge area. She is personally involved in several philanthropic causes highlighted by the program's annual "Strikeout Ovarian Cancer" event where LSU wears teal jerseys to celebrate survivors and support the cause of spreading ovarian cancer awareness. Torina's mother, Betty Dieter, is a three-year ovarian cancer survivor.
Torina and her husband, Nick, were married in January 2010. The couple lives in Baton Rouge.
The Beth Torina File
Years School Notes
1997-2000 University of Florida pitcher 1998 SEC Championship Team
2000-02 Stetson University Assistant Coach 2001 Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions
2003-07 University of Houston Assistant Coach Two NCAA Regionals, 2007 Conference USA Champions
2008-11 Florida International University Head Coach 2010 NCAA Regionals
2012 LSU Head Coach 2012 Women's College World Series
Head Coach - LSU
Head Coach - FIU
LSU Totals 40-25 (1 Year)
FIU Totals 129-111 (4 Years)
Career Totals 169-136 (5 Years)