UNLV returns 12 letterwinners in 2014 to a squad that begins play at home Friday in its own Sportco Kick Off Classic.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team played a doubleheader at UNLV on Sunday.
The UNLV softball program will welcome the WWAST back to Las Vegas for a fourth time on Sunday.
After weeks of fall practice, UNLV softball will welcome four others to town for a total of 11 games.
Newly appointed assistant coach returns to Las Vegas after three years at Loyola Marymount.
Lisa Dodd was named the fifth head coach in UNLV softball history on June 21, 2012. Dodd is only the fifth head coach in Rebel softball history.
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, three different Rebels earned MW weekly recognition with Oliveto being named the pitcher of the week three times, while Tayler Aleman and Pauline Monreal were both one-time recipients of the player of the week award.
As a team, the Rebels ranked highly in NCAA statistics with a sixth-place showing in double plays per game (0.52). Valentino closed out the year with the 55th-best batting average (.405).
Academically speaking, she had nine players earn Spring Academic All-Mountain West honors with one of those, Emily Haslinger, earning the MW's 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete Award for maintaining a 3.5 or greater GPA during the year.
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.