Ashley Fleming, who had a standout four-year career as a player at the University of Missouri, has been named as the head coach of the McKendree University softball program. Fleming joined the Bearcats' staff in June of 2015.
Fleming, a native of Silex, Mo., recently completed her second season as an assistant coach at Saint Louis. The Billikens won at least 30 games in each of her seasons with the program, including a school-record 36 victories in 2015. Saint Louis earned the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament each of the past two seasons, posting a runner-up finish a year ago. Fleming began her coaching career with a one-year stint at Central Methodist University in 2013, There, she helped the Eagles to 35 wins and a Heart of America Athletic Conference championship.
As a first baseman/outfielder at Missouri, Fleming was a key factor in leading the Tigers to three consecutive Women’s College World Series appearances from 2009-11. She was a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) second-team All-America honoree, earning the awards in 2011 and 2012. Fleming collected All-Big 12 accolades in each of her last three seasons along with All-Region honors. In 2010, Fleming was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team.
She closed her Missouri playing days ranked in the top 10 of several categories, including batting average (.340), hits (201), doubles (42), home runs (43), runs scored (156), runs batted in (173), slugging percentage (.632) and walks (97). She led the Tigers in batting average in each of her final two seasons, including a .365 clip as a senior in 2012.