Jen Bagley Trotter | Head Softball Coach/SAAC, Life Skills & Events
The 2020 Griffon Softball season will be Jen Bagley Trotter’s 19th as head coach at Missouri Western. Trotter has amassed 649 career wins at MWSU, most among active MIAA coaches and most all-time.
The four-time MIAA Coach of The Year has led Missouri Western to two MIAA Regular Season Championships, two MIAA Tournament Championships, 11 NCAA Regional Appearances and 13, 30-win seasons. Her teams have also featured countless academic honors and in 2016, Trotter was named "Woman in the Workplace" by the St. Joseph YWCA for her work with the organization's YWCA Choices program that mentors young women in the community.
Trotter took over the Missouri Western Softball program in 2002 and has built it into a consistent MIAA and National Championship contender. Prior to Trotter’s arrival, Missouri Western had just two, 30-win seasons despite winning the NAIA National Championship in 1982. The program had not won more than 14 MIAA games in a season and had never appeared in an NCAA Regional. Since then, Trotter has led the Griffons to the regional in all but six of her first 15 seasons. Missouri Western has never won less than 18 games under Trotter and has experienced just two losing seasons (2002 & 03) under Trotter’s tenure as head coach. The ten winningest seasons in Griffon Softball history have all come under Trotter’s watch.
In addition to winning tradition and championships, Trotter has ushered in an impressive run of outstanding individual accomplishments. The most decorated hitters and pitchers in Griffon Softball history have played during Trotter’s tenure. Ninety-seven Griffons have earned All-MIAA status under Trotter with four All-Americans. Trotter’s players hold nearly every career record at Missouri Western and two (Amy Beverly and Lindsey Predovich) are in the Missouri Western Athletics Hall of Fame.
BEFORE MISSOURI WESTERN
Trotter came to MWSU from Humboldt State University where she helped coach a Lumberjack team to a 54-14-1 overall record in 2001 and a third place finish in the NCAA Division II championship tournament. Trotter was the pitching coach on that Humboldt State team that was inducted into the Humboldt State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. Previously she was the pitching coach and 1st base coach at Minnesota State - Moorhead (formerly Moorhead State University) from 1996-2000.
The Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota native earned a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Minnesota-Moorhead in 1996 and was a 3-time all-conference pitcher for the Dragons from 1993-96. Trotter is still the career strikeout leader at MSM, totaling 590 for her career. She was inducted into the Dragon Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008.
She lives in St. Joseph with family Regi (husband), Quentin (15), Camille (13) and Zoe (11).
MIAA COACH OF THE YEAR - 2016, 2011 (Co-Coach of the Year), 2009, 2004
MIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - 2016 regular season, 2016 tournament, 2014 tournament, 2011 regular season (co-champions)
MIAA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Lindsey Predovich (2004), Allison Jones (2008), Jackie Bishop (2011)
MIAA PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Jackie Bishop (2012)
CENTRAL REGION PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Jackie Bishop (2012)
NCAA REGIONAL APPEARANCES - 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005
ALL-AMERICANS – 4
ALL-REGION – 29
ALL-MIAA – 97
2002 - 22-28, 8-10 MIAA -,MIAA Tournament Participant
2003 - 18-32, 7-11 MIAA -,MIAA Tournament Participant
2004 - 31-19, 10-8 MIAA -,MIAA Tournament Participant
2005 - 48-20, 11-7 MIAA - NCAA Central Regional Participant &,MIAA Tournament Participant
2006 - 40-20, 13-3 MIAA - NCAA Central Regional Participant &,MIAA Tournament Participant
2007 - 34-26, 10-8 MIAA - NCAA Central Regional Participant &,MIAA Tournament Participant
2008 - 27-28, 8-10 MIAA -,MIAA Tournament Participant
2009 - 47-12, 16-4 MIAA- NCAA South Central Regional Participant & MIAA Tournament Participant
2010 - 28-28, 10-10 MIAA -,MIAA Tournament Participant
2011 - 40-15, 18-4 MIAA - NCAA South Central Regional Participant, MIAA Regular Season Co-Champions & MIAA Tournament Participant
2012 - 42-13, 18-2 MIAA - NCAA South Central Regional Participant & MIAA Tournament Participant
2013 - 38-16, 20-8 MIAA - MIAA Tournament Participant
2014 - 39-18, 17-9 MIAA - MIAA Tournament Champions & NCAA Regional Participant
2015 - 36-21, 17-9 MIAA - MIAA Tournament Participant & NCAA Central Regional Participant
2016 - 45-13, 23-3 - MIAA Regular Season & Tournament Champions; NCAA Central Regional Participant
2017 - 38-20, 16-10 MIAA - MIAA Tournament Participant & NCAA Central Regional Participant
2018 - 25-29, 15-11 MIAA - MIAA Tournament Participant
2019 - 38-18, 21-5 MIAA - MIAA Tournament Participant and NCAA Central Regional Participant
2020 - 13-9, 2-0 MIAA
Overall: 649-385 (.628)
MIAA Record: 260-142 (.647)
Morgan Frost | Assistant Coach
Morgan Frost was named assistant coach for the Griffons in the fall of 2019.
Frost begins her coaching career following a great two-year playing career at Missouri Western. In two seasons, Frost amassed 127 hits, 72 RBIs, and a .361 batting average. In 2019, Morgan Frost received honors for her performance on the field, including All-MIAA First Team and NFCA All-Region.
Frost also earned recognition from the conference office for her efforts in the classroom. The MIAA honored Morgan as an MIAA Scholar Athlete and Academic Honor Roll Recipient.
Lexi Kinnaird | Assistant Coach
Lexi Kinnaird steps into Missouri Western's coaching staff following a solid 2019 performance on the mound for the Griffon softball team. Kinnaird saw action in 21 games for Missouri Western, pitching a total of 98.1 innings. Lexi struck out 51 batters and amassed a record of 11-5 in 2019.
Ashley Schilling | Assistant Coach
Ashley Schilling enters her second year at Missouri Western as Graduate Assistant Coach.
She comes to Missouri Western after spending 2017-2018 as Assistant Coach at Cincinnati Christian University where she helped guide the Eagles to a 25-21 overall record in the 2017 season.
Schilling earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education and Promotions from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
During her time at Minnesota Duluth, Schilling was a four-year member of the Bulldog Softball team. She became a primary starter in the outfield in her junior and senior seasons, starting 94 of 98 games as an upperclassman. Schilling finished her career with the Bulldogs with a .285 career batting average. Her best-hitting season came as a junior when she had the sixth-highest batting average on the team at .310. She also led the Bulldogs in fielding percentage as a junior at .980, committing only one error the entire season. Schilling was second on the team in stolen bases as a senior, stealing successfully on 24 of her 25 stolen base attempts.
Schilling will be pursuing her master's in Sport and Fitness Management at Missouri Western.