Jen Bagley Trotter | Head Softball Coach/SAAC, Life Skills & Events

The 2018 Griffon Softball season will be Jen Bagley Trotter’s 17th as head coach at Missouri Western. Trotter has amassed 573 career wins at MWSU, most among active MIAA coaches and second 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, 10 NCAA Regional Appearances and 12, 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.
 
CHANGING EXPECTATIONS
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.
 
INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS
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
 
Career Record
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

Overall - 573-329 (.635)
MIAA Record: 222-126 (.638)

 

Katey Gorsage | Assistant Coach

Katey Gorsage enters her second season with Griffon softball in 2018.

The 2017 season was Gorsage's first as an assistant coach at Missouri Western where she helped the Griffons qualify for their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Central Regional. As a team, Missouri Western ranked fourth in the MIAA with a .297 batting average and 455 hits and third for home runs with 49. The Griffons led the league with 19 triples. MWSU had seven players named to All-MIAA honors. Katie Klosterman collected MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors with All-Region honors and Morgan Rathmann earned CoSIDA Academic All-American after becoming career leader in hits, triples, stolen bases and runs.

Gorsage comes to Missouri Western from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she was a graduate assistant on the softball staff the past two years. In her two years as a graduate assistant, Gorsage helped lead Henderson State to a combined 78-41 record. In 2015, the Reddies recorded the program’s best overall and conference records (43-15, 27-7), winning the program’s first Great American Conference Regular Season Championship. The 2015 team also earned the program its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Central Regional, advancing to the championship game. Gorsage coached two All-Americans, five All-Region selections, 14 All-GAC selections as well as the 2015 GAC Player, Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year.

Gorsage also played at Henderson State, earning both her master’s (sports administration) and bachelor’s (Psychology, minor in Biology) degrees from Henderson State. She was a four-year letterman for the Reddie Softball team. She holds the program record for at-bats (712), ranks fourth in hits (170), second in doubles (42), fourth in home runs (23) and seventh in RBIs (83). Gorsage was named All-GAC honorable mention in 2012 and was a two-time Academic All-Conference selection.