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  • At 1,015 career victories and counting venturing into his 25th year as a collegiate head coach, Ralph Weekly enters his 11th season at Tennessee with a prestigious new accolade to include on his already impressive resume. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) honored his efforts throughout a distinguished, three-decade career that has spanned from his time in the U.S. Air Force through stops at Pacific Lutheran, Chattanooga and now Tennessee, with a 2011 induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame. Voted in by his coaching peers and with the organization consisting of just 49 previous inclusions, Weekly joined Ithaca Head Coach Deb Pallozzi in ceremonies at the annual NFCA Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in Dec. of 2011.
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  • A 15-year collegiate softball head coaching veteran boasting 737 career wins, Karen Weekly preps to enter her 11th season with her husband Ralph at the helm of the Lady Volunteer softball program. Having guided UT to a staggering 514 victories and four top three national finishes in the annual Women's College World Series (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010), since arriving to resuscitate the program prior to the 2002 season, is concrete proof that tireless recruiting and solid coaching by the experienced Weeklys and their staff have provided huge dividends to the UT softball program.
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  • Lauded for his teaching ability and his overall knowledge of the game, Marty McDaniel continues to provide his outgoing personality and boundless enthusiasm to the Lady Vol softball program as an eighth-year assistant coach on the staff of Tennessee Co-Head Coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly. A former head coach at Division II Armstrong Atlantic State University (Ga.), McDaniel's experience as both a coach and as a men's fastpitch veteran has been invaluable to the UT efforts.
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  • Marc Weekly begins his eighth season as a member of the Lady Vol softball staff in the capacity of a volunteer coach after working with Co-Head Coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly in camps and summer clinics for over 15 years. He will work primarily with UT's catchers and outfielders and will also assist with hitting instruction.

    A 2004 inductee in the Pacific Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Fame, Weekly holds a bachelor's degree from PLU and a master's degree from Chattanooga. He currently resides in Seymour, Tenn., with his wife Cheryl and three children: Jake, Regan and Garrett.
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  • The Tennessee softball program announced Patrick Lawson as its new director of softball operations in July of 2013.

    Lawson previously worked in Tennessee event management for five years, overseeing game days and managing events for UT's softball, soccer and women's golf teams.
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