Tony Segovia, one of the winningest active college softball coaches in the country, is coming home.
Segovia has been named the McPherson College Bulldogs’ third head softball coach in program history, director of athletics Andrew Ehling announced today. Segovia replaces Ashley Hickman, who accepted an assistant coach position at Upper Iowa, a NCAA Division II institution.
"I would like to thank president (Michael) Schneider and athletic director Andrew Ehling for giving me the opportunity to come back home to McPherson College," Segovia said. "My wife and I are excited to be back and start this new journey.
"I thank everyone at Friends University for a great 14 years. It's always tough to leave a place where you've been for a while. I will always be grateful to everyone there. I can't wait to meet everyone (at McPherson), especially the players. Coach Hickman did a great job here and we want to build on all her success. Again, I'm thankful for this new opportunity and ready to be back at McPherson to see familiar faces and meet new ones as well."
The 2000 McPherson College graduate spent the previous 14 seasons (2005-18) in the same role at Friend, where he posted an overall record of 454-212, including a 197-50 mark in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) contests.
"We are thrilled have to coach Segovia back at McPherson College," Ehling said. "His accomplishments speak for themself, and he understands the importance in developing his student-athletes as people first. I can't wait to get coach here full-time and introduce him to the team."
Segovia guided the Falcons to seven conference titles and was named Coach of the Year each season. He won six KCAC Championship crowns, including four straight from 2006-09 and was selected Region IV Coach of the Year in 2008. Segovia's squads advanced to the National Championship opening round six times, most recently in 2015.
Under Segovia, Friends posted 10 seasons of 30 or more wins, including a school-record 43 victories in 2013. In 2008, the Falcons won a school-record 32 straight contests and for the first time in program history captured a Region IV title and reached the National Championship.
Segovia's program also excelled in the classroom. Since 2007, each team has maintained at least a 3.30 grade point average.
Before arriving at Friends, Segovia spent five seasons with the McPherson College softball program. He was a student assistant in 2000, the first year the program was a varsity sport, before being promoted to assistant coach and holding the title for four seasons (2001-04). Segovia helped guide the Bulldogs to their only KCAC title in 2003.
Segovia was also a running backs coach for the McPherson football team for four seasons (2001-04).
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in physical education from McPherson in 2000 and a Master of Science in management from Friends in 2007.
A native of Tipton, Okla., Segovia attended Tipton High School. Tony's wife, Melissa, also graduated from McPherson College after earning a Bachelor of Science in biology in 1998. She has been a highly successful volleyball coach at Rose Hill.
Segovia inherits a program that a season ago posted a 27-24 overall record, including an 11-11 mark in the KCAC, and earned a trip to the KCAC Championship Tournament. McPherson posted a 3-1 record against Top 25 foes. Two players were named to the All-KCAC first team, one to the second team and three honorable mention. Two Bulldogs were voted to the KCAC Gold Glove Team. One player was named to the NFCA NAIA All-Region III first team.