April 17, 2010

Keri Becker Records Her 400th Career Coaching Victory

Ferris State University softball head coach Keri Becker won her 400th career game this Saturday (April 17) afternoon in the Bulldogs' 4-1 victory over Tiffin (Ohio) in game two of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader at Big Rapids, Mich.

Becker, who's currently in her 13th year at Ferris State, is the all-time winningest coach in the program's history with a present 400-249-1 career mark (.616 winning percentage).  Under her tutelage, the Bulldogs have won at least 30 games in a season on eight occasions, which includes 40 or more in her first three (1997-99) seasons.   

"Not only his 400 career wins at testament to Coach Becker's current success but also the success long term which she has experienced," said FSU Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic.  "We're very proud of Coach Becker's significant accomplishment and look forward to her many more victories in the future."

Becker has been accustomed to success as evidenced by leading the Bulldogs to three NCAA Championship appearances, three NCAA Regional titles, three GLIAC Tournament crowns, one GLIAC overall championship, and one GLIAC Co-Champion finish during her tenure. 

Becker has been recognized by her peers by earning three (1997, 2003 and 2008) "Michael J. Corbett" GLIAC Coach of the Year Awards.  She along with two assistant coaches were honored in 2008 as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year after directing Ferris State to a regional title, a national tournament appearance, and a 35-18 overall record.

Prior to this 2010 season, Becker ranked 45th among NCAA-II active coaches in victories, 47th in winning percentage, and 52nd by percentage for winningest all-time coaches.

Becker attained her 100th career victory on March 27, 1999 with a 14-5 five-inning non-league win over Wayne State (Mich.) at the Wayne State Invitational and then would go on to register number 200 in 2002 (April 10) following a 15-1 five-inning home conference decision versus Lake Superior State.  The 300th win in her coaching career occurred on April 16, 2007, in a 10-2 home GLIAC triumph against Ashland (Ohio). 

A native of Sanford, Mich., Becker was highly successful in her second year at Ferris State as she directed the 1998 Bulldogs to its first-ever regional tournament title and a third-place showing at the NCAA Softball Championships.  The third-place performance at nationals represented the highest finish ever for Ferris State women's athletics team at the time as FSU concluded the season with a 44-17 overall record.  Becker would guide the Bulldogs back to the national tournament the following year in 1999 as Ferris placed sixth and ended the campaign with a school-record 46 victories (46-18 record).   

Becker serves as Ferris State Athletics Department's Compliance Coordinator and Senior Women's Administrator in addition to her softball coaching duties.

 

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