There’s something special about the way Lonni Alameda coaches. When her team gets tossed to the loser’s bracket, she doesn’t toss in the towel. Instead, she just digs deeper. And this year, that faith and resolve is what propelled her team to work their way out of the hole and land on top.
For the first time in the school’s history, the Florida State Seminoles captured the NCAA National Championship and were subsequently named number one in the final 2018 USA TODAY/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. Thanks to the leadership of Lonni Alameda.
The championship, which celebrated Alameda’s tenth year at FSU, was just the icing on her accolades. She has been named Coach of the Year multiple times, including five consecutive ACC Coach of the Year awards.
With Alameda at the helm, the team made appearances in the WCWS three out of the last four years and made five trips to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Seminoles have also earned five ACC regular season titles in a row and four straight ACC Tournament titles. FSU has played in the NCAA postseason every year under Alameda and she has led the team to eight ACC Championship game appearances in nine seasons.
Alameda came to FSU from UNLV where she spent five seasons reviving their program. She graduated from University of Oklahoma where she played both softball and volleyball and was a two-time All-Big Eight selection as a first and third baseman. After graduating from Oklahoma with a degree in communications, she played professionally for a year in Europe before beginning her coaching career.
As successful as Lonni Alameda is as a coach, she’s equally as impressive as a person. She’s passionate, approachable, interesting and fun. She cares deeply about the game, but even more so about her players. She knows how to Be the Best and how to get the best out of everyone around her.
Don’t miss your chance to meet Lonni Alameda, Head Softball Coach at Florida State, when she comes to Be the Best Softball Coaches’ Convention January 17-19, 2019.