Florida State is this year’s preseason favorite among ACC softball coaches and with good reason. The Seminoles are coming off a national championship title in 2018 and are the top ranked team in two of three preseason polls. Two of those rankings come from Fastpitch News and USA Today/NFCA who have selected last year’s champions as their 2019 favorite. The preseason selections from ESPN/USA Softball have Florida State ranked #3 in their preseason Top 25. The Seminoles receive the most first place votes in all three polls.
Florida State, winner of the past five ACC Softball Championships garnered 11 of 12 first place votes from conference coaches in the preseason selection. Virginia Tech picked up 1 vote in the final tally. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
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This year the ACC will see two new and one familiar face (at a new location) taking over the reins of softball teams.
Shannon Doepking is the new head coach at Syracuse. Doepking, who rebuilt Dartmouth’s program is taking over from Mike Bosch who departed for Florida.
Jodi Hermanek comes to Pitt from Ohio University where she looks to build on the success of last year’s Coastal Division winning Panthers.
Holly Aprile, last year’s ACC Softball Coach of the Year at Pitt takes over the program at Louisville.
- #1 Florida State FPN – USA Today/NFCA #3 ESPN/USA Softball
- #27 Notre Dame USA Today/NFCA – ESPN/USA Softball
- #35 Louisville ESPN/USA Softball
- #40 Virginia Tech ESPN/USA Softball
2019 ACC Softball Preseason Favorites – (Div. Rank)
- Florida State (A-1)
- Notre Dame (A-2)
- North Carolina C-1)
- Pitt (C-2)
- Louisville (A-3)
- Duke (C-3)
- Georgia Tech (C-4)
- Syracuse (A-4)
- Boston College (A-5)
- Virginia Tech (C-5)
- NC State (A-6)
- Virginia (C-6)
2019 Preseason All-ACC Team
- Raine Wilson Duke
- Carsyn Gordon Florida State
- Sydney Sherrill Florida State
- Sidney Melton Louisville
- Olivia Gray Pitt
- Zoe Casas Florida State
- Kiani Ramsey North Carolina
- Bryce Holmgren Syracuse
- Abby Sweet Notre Dame
- Meghan King Florida State
- Brittany Pickett North Carolina
- Alexa Romero Syracuse
- Carrie Eberle Virginia Tech
- Anna Shelnutt Florida State
- Megan Hensley Louisville
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