Photo courtesy Carson-Newman University
JEFFERSON CITY — On Homecoming Saturday, Carson-Newman rechristened its softball field the Vickee Kazee-Hollifield Softball Complex in honor of 29-year head softball coach Vickee Kazee-Hollifield.
“It’s such an honor,” Kazee-Hollifield said. “I get to be the recipient of this, I never crossed home plate. I’m standing here because of a lot of ladies who I had an opportunity to coach and because of the success that they had.”
With 991 wins, Hollifield is on the verge of becoming the 23rd collegiate softball coach and fifth among NCAA Division II head coaches with more than 1,000 victories for her career. She is fourth in career winning percentage and fifth in wins in D-II history. Among active Division II coaches, only Frank Cheek (Humboldt State), Chris Bellotto (Florida Southern) and Gary Bryce (Wayne State) have more victories than Kazee-Hollifield.
“You couldn’t name the softball coach that I would replace for Vickee Kazee-Hollifield,” Carson-Newman President Randall O’Brien said. “She’s the only one we’ve ever had and I’m still amazed (by what she’s been able to accomplish).”
The Oneida, Tenn., native's teams have won 13 South Atlantic Conference regular-season titles in 18 seasons, including eight of nine from 1995-2003.
Hollifield’s run began in 1986 when she started a C-N program that went 21-10 in its first season and has never looked back.