|Title:||Head Softball Coach|
|College:||University of Toledo|
Duane Lanham is in his 10th season as head coach of the Express softball program.
Last season, Lanham coached the Express to the 11th OCCAC championship in the program's history - seven of which have came with him at the helm. Overall, the team finished 41-7 and completed the winningest two year stretch in program history. The team finished third in the NJCAA Region XII District G tournament.
In 2011, Lanham almost brought home the first national title in Owens women's sports history. The team finished 44-5 and finished as national runner-up after losing to LSU-Eunice in the NJCAA D-II National Championship. The Express started 33-0, won the OCCAC title, the Region XII District G championship, tied the school record for most wins in a season, and finished the regular season ranked eighth in the NJCAA D-II poll. Additionally, the team captured the program's 400th win in the national semifinal.
In his nine seasons at the helm, Lanham has compiled a 298-121 overall record, including a 92-14 record in the OCCAC. Additionally, he has led the team to seven OCCAC titles, two Region XII titles and two appearances in the NJCAA D-II National Tournament. Aside from the runner-up finish in 2011, the team finished 5th at nationals in 2005.
During his time at Owens, Lanham has had seven players capture OCCAC Player of the Year honors. Also during his time, he has coached six OCCAC Pitcher of the Year recipients, 45 First Team All-OCCAC recipients, 18 All-Region XII team players, three NJCAA D-II Athletic All-Americans and 10 NJCAA D-II Academic All-Americans.
Prior to Owens, Lanham compiled 20 years of coaching experience at various levels. He served as the varsity girls softball coach at Sylvania Southview High School for six years prior to joining Owens. He also held positions as Sylvania Girls Fast Pitch Summer Traveling Team coach, Sylvania Southview High School Assistant Varsity Girls Softball Coach and as Hawkins Elementary Girls Softball Coach.
During his tenure at Sylvania Southview, Lanham amassed an overall record of 125-69, capturing two Northern Lakes League titles and advancing twice to the Division I regional finals. His accomplishments include receiving two Northern Lakes League Coach of the Year awards. Lanham also is an active member in his community, serving as President of the Sylvania Fast Pitch Softball Association and holds a membership with the Down and Dirty Fast Pitch Softball Association.
Lanham attended the University of Toledo and is a graduate of Whitmer High School. Him and his wife, Jackie, reside in Sylvania.
|Title:||Assistant Softball Coach|
Kevin Snyder is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for Express softball program.
He is the team's hitting instructor, head recruiter and infield coach. Snyder previously served as a volunteer assistant coach from 2005-07. His daughter, Jessica, is a former member of the Express softball program (2006-07).
Snyder currently coaches the SGS Magic 16U summer travel program and is in his fourth year with them. Prior to that, he was the head coach for the Sylvania Sharks Travel Summer Team from 2000-06 and in 2008. The Sylvania resident also was an assistant coach for the JV and varsity girls softball teams at Sylvania Southview High School for three years.
Snyder, a Branch Manager at Charter One Bank, attended the University of Toledo and is a graduate of Toledo Central Catholic High School.
Snyder and his wife of 27 years, Sharon, have two kids, Jessica and Eric.
|Title:||Assistant Softball Coach|
Sara Fleming is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Express softball program. She is responsible for coaching the pitchers and catchers.
The Columbus, MS native relocated to Toledo in June of 2011 and carries an impressive background. She attended New Hope High School, where she played basketball, as well as slow pitch and fast pitch softball. She was a member of the 1997 and 2000 state softball championship teams at New Hope.
After high school, Fleming attended East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, MS from 2001-03. She was a pitcher for the Lady Lions softball team and earned All-State honors. She was a Special Honors graduate with an associate's degree in psychology.
Following her time at East Mississippi CC, Fleming pitched for Millsaps College in Jackson, MS from 2004-05. She earned All-Conference honors, was named pitcher of the week in the conference twice, and was named an Academic All-American with the Lady Majors. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.
Following the end of her softball career, Fleming attended William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS and graduated with a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology.
She got back into softball as an assistant coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC from 2009-11. In 2009, the team was NJCAA Region 23 champions and appeared in the NJCAA Div. II National Tournament. In 2010, the team was NJCAA Region 23 Runner-Up and made an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament. Then, in 2011, the team was MACJC South State Champions and State Runner-Up.
Sara is the daughter of Walter Fleming and Kathi Coleman. She is currently employed by Harbor Corporation in Toledo working with children that have behavioral disorders.
Fleming is currently working towards a Doctorate of Psychology in Sports and Performance Psychology at the University of the Rockies.
|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach|
Jeff Smith is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach in the Express softball program.
He currently serves as a Queen of Diamonds College Showcase coach (2009-present), the head coach for Team USA playing in the International Indoor Softball Cup (2009-present), and an assistant coach for the 16U Magic summer travel team.
Since 2008, he has served as a varsity assistant at Maumee High School (2007-08), the head JV coach at Springfield High School (2009-10), a varsity assistant coach at Springfield High School in 2011 and a JV assistant at Maumee High School in 2012.
Smith is from Hanover, OH and is a 1984 graduate of Licking Valley High School. He moved to the Maumee area in 2000, where he has worked for the Lucas County Engineer since moving to Maumee.