June 19, 2018
DENTON - North Texas softball coach Rodney DeLong will be introduced to Mean Green fans at a meet and greet in the Apogee Stadium HUB Club on Thursday, June 21, at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.
This will be Mean Green fans' first chance to meet DeLong, who was hired by UNT earlier this month. Light snacks will be served.
An 11-year coaching veteran, DeLong lead Austin Peay to a program-record 39 wins in 2018, snapping a 24-year streak of losing seasons. The 39-19 record in his first season with the Governors marked a 22-win improvement, the largest in NCAA Division I softball this year. APSU won a program-record three games on its way to a school-best third-place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, and the Governors earned an at-large bid into the National Invitational Softball championship.
Prior to Austin Peay, DeLong was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech and served as the hitting instructor and infielders coach. During the 2017 campaign, the Yellow Jackets showed improvement in 11 different offensive categories and finished the season ranked 18th nationally in home runs per game (1.02), nearly doubling their average from 2016.
In his first collegiate coaching stop, DeLong compiled a 105-60 record at Cameron University and led the Aggies to consecutive NCAA Division II Softball Tournament appearances for the first time in program history. Under his tutelage, Cameron had 18 all-conference honorees, nine all-region and two all-America.
Once considered one of the top high school softball coaches in Oklahoma, DeLong amassed a 211-64 record at Cache High School (2008-10; 2012-13) and Lawton MacArthur High School (2011). While at Cache, he led the Bulldogs to the 2013 state championship, as well as four regional championships and five district titles.