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WASHINGTON --- Howard University Director of Athletics Kery Davis has announced the hiring of Victoria Tyson as the new head coach of the softball program.how victoria tysonTyson

Tyson comes to Howard from the University of Maryland College Park where she was the pitching coach.

"We are excited to welcome Victoria Tyson to the Bison program. She is a rising star in softball coaching circles with a demonstrated ability to recruit and teach the game at the highest levels," commented Davis. "She comes from a softball family and has learned the game from some of the best softball coaches in the country. She is now ready to lead our team not only on the field but in the classroom."

This year Tyson was named an assistant coach for the Chicago Bandits franchise of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. In this position she produced two undefeated pitchers in the NPF league. Additionally, the team had the second lowest staff ERA posted in franchise history.

At Maryland she assisted in leading the Terps to their first Big 10 appearance since 2015. Under her guidance the Terps' pitchers led the team to its first back to back conference series win.

Before Tyson joined the Terrapin staff she led Cal State Fullerton to two straight NCAA Regional appearances and two Big West Conference Championships. The pitchers she coached at Fullerton pitched 46 complete games with 24 shutouts. She had two of her pitchers go on that year to win Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

Tyson's added experience includes being assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University where she spearheaded scouting reports on opponents, served as the recruiting coordinator and was the primary pitching coach training the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.

During her time on the softball team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln she was a scholarship student-athlete and letter winner. Tyson played three years of softball where she trained under pitching coach Lori Sippel. She appeared in the 2009 NCAA Regional for the Cornhuskers and made 47 starts in 2010. She pitched her first two seasons as a Cornhusker and went on to become a team captain in 2011.

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