The senior earns league honors after registering four wins, including two complete-game performances, to help the Rebels go unbeaten last weekend.
UNLV’s Janine Petmecky’s walk-off home run highlights the second day of the DeMarini Classic.
UNLV’s Morgan Ettinger highlights the first day of the DeMarini Classic with her stellar performance in relief.
UNLV is home for the second-straight weekend, this time hosting the DeMarini Desert Classic Feb. 16-19 with the tournament-opener Thursday night against Northern Iowa at 6:45 p.m.
UNLV opens the 2017 campaign against Indiana State on Friday, Feb. 10 at Eller Media Stadium, hosting the 10th Annual Sportco Kick Off Classic.
Prior to taking the reins of the Rebel program, Dodd spent nine seasons playing and/or coaching on the NCAA Division I level - four at UCLA (2004-07) and five as an assistant coach, reaching the postseason each year. Her teams advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals six times (the Super Regionals were implemented during the 2005 season) and the Women's College World Series on five occasions. She also helped UCLA win a national championship in 2004. In this time frame, she notched an overall record of 388-139, which translates to a .736 winning percentage.
In 2013, Dodd led the Scarlet & Gray to 21 wins, three of which were against Top 25 opposition - Louisville, Virginia Tech and Tulsa - in her first campaign as the Rebel skipper. She coached Stefany Valentino to an NFCA All-West Region Second Team selection, while helping Valentino, Tayler Van Acker, Emily Haslinger and Amanda Oliveto earn Mountain West All-Conference honors.
Under her tutelage, the Rebels have had nine All-Mountain West First Team selections, including the 2014 MW Player of the Year Garie Blando. Additionally UNLV has earned six NFCA All-West Region members in Dodd’s four-year tenure.
Academically speaking, she has had four Rebels named MW Scholar-Athletes, including a repeat winner in Emily Haslinger, for maintaining a 3.5 or greater GPA during the year. She has had a minimum of seven players each year on the Spring Academic All-MW.
During the summer of 2013, Dodd spent three weeks as an assistant coach for the USA Junior Women's National Team. The squad earned a silver medal at the ISF X Junior Women's World Championship behind a 9-1 record in Brampton, Ontario.
The San Diego native came to UNLV after spending three seasons at Oregon (2010-12), where she helped head coach Mike White build the Duck softball program into a perennial power by achieving at least 36 wins each year and back-to-back third-place finishes in the Pac-12. After being named an assistant, she helped UO return to national prominence with a combined record of 123-55 and three consecutive trips to the postseason. The Ducks reached the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals all three seasons before upping the ante in 2012 with a visit to the Women's College World Series and a program-best No. 5 final ranking in both collegiate polls.
Prior to her three-year stay at Oregon, Dodd was an assistant at Nevada, Reno in 2009. She helped the Wolf Pack to an overall record of 40-19 and a trip to the NCAA Regionals. UNR also garnered a share of the WAC title following a 15-5 conference campaign.
After a stellar playing career at UCLA, she spent one year as a graduate assistant for her alma mater. The Bruins finished second overall in Pac-10 play en route to being the second seed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. UCLA ended the season in Oklahoma City at the Women's College World Series.
In Westwood, Dodd was a three-time All-Region and All-Pac-10 Conference selection after she was selected as the 2003 Gatorade Prep State and National Player of the Year for University City High School. She split time in the circle and at first base for the Bruins and tallied 176 hits, 65 of which went for extra bases, 129 RBI and 89 runs. As a pitcher, she owned a record of 41-11 in 60 appearances and a total of 337.2 innings pitched. She racked up 233 strikeouts with 40 complete games in 57 starts. As a senior in 2007, she hit .369 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI and was an NFCA Second Team All-American, All-Pacific Region First Team selection and All-Pac-10 First Team honoree.
She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in women's studies from UCLA in 2008.