Clinics will take place in Iowa's Kenyon Practice Facility on campus
UI shortstop just warming up heading into junior season in Iowa City
Hawkeyes post most wins since 2009, including six over ranked opponents
Opener on Friday at 5 p.m. (CT) on BTDN; finale on Sunday at 2 p.m. can be seen live on BTN
Iowa set for first conference road series of the season in Evanston
Michigan State at Iowa Sunday, April 20, 2014
Iowa 4, Northwestern 3 Sunday, April 6, 2014
2014 UI Softball 1st Practice Jan. 13, 2013 Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex Iowa City, Iowa Photos by: Jil Price
Iowa State at Iowa Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Illinois at Iowa Saturday, March 31, 2012
Stacy May-Johnson -- the 2011 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year -- is in her fifth season as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa in 2015. May-Johnson, a former Hawkeye, serves as the Hawkeye hitting coach.
In her fourth season with the program, May-Johnson and the rest of the coaching staff earned their 100th career victory at Iowa with a regular-season finale, 3-2 win over Ohio State at Pearl Field in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes ended 2014 with a 16-30-1 overall record and a 9-14 Big Ten mark for eighth place in the conference standings.
Megan Blank earned her third-straight first team All-Big Ten honor and was a second team NFCA All-Midwest Region selection after leading the Hawkeyes in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs and walks. Kayla Massey earned her second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week nod on March 31 after recording two complete game wins over Wisconsin. Three earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades including Haley Hansel, Whitney Repole and Michelle Zoeller.
May-Johnson helped guide the Hawkeyes to 30 wins in 2013 (30-24) in her third year, marking the most wins for the program since finishing 42-16 in 2009. Iowa posted six wins over ranked opponents.
Three Hawkeyes earned All-Big Ten honors -- Megan Blank was named to the first team, Johnnie Dowling earned second team honors, and Kayla Massey was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team at pitcher. Blank earned her second-straight first team accolade, becoming the sixth Hawkeye in program history to earn first team honors in each of her first two seasons.
Blank was also named a 2013 NFCA First Team All-Midwest Region selection, earning her second all-region honor in as many seasons. Blank became the sixth Hawkeye in program history to garner all-region honors in each of her first two seasons.
May-Johnson coached Blank to a record-setting year in 2013. Blank hit .437, setting Iowa's single season batting average record. The previous record was .428, set by Kim Davis in 1993. Blank's 59 RBIs mark the second-highest single-season total in program history. Blank also belted 11 home runs -- the third-highest single-season total.
In the classroom, a school-record 10 Hawkeyes were named to the 2013 spring Academic All-Big Ten team.
During her second season with the Hawkeyes in 2012, May-Johnson helped lead the team to a runner-up finish in the Big Ten. Iowa dropped two of its first three conference series before winning five straight to close out the season. It was the first time the team had won five straight series since the 2004 season.
Iowa entered the final weekend with a conference title within reach, but it couldn't close the gap with Michigan despite taking 2-of-3 games at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes finished with a 27-26 overall and 16-8 conference record in 2012.
Five players garnered All-Big Ten recognition, including three first team selections. Senior Liz Watkins, sophomore Kayla Massey and freshman Megan Blank earned first team accolades, sophomore Michelle Zoeller was a second team honoree and junior Johnnie Dowling was a third team selection.
Blank also garnered NFCA second team all-region honors during her freshman campaign. She is the ninth Hawkeye to earn first team All-Big Ten and all-region honors during her freshman season.
May-Johnson oversaw the transition of Blank from a slapper to swinging away and Dowling from a right-handed hitter to a left-handed slapper, both with strong results.
Blank ranked in the top six in the Big Ten in five offensive categories after hitting .390 with 17 doubles and five triples. She also ranked 14th nationally in triples (5) and tied for 16th in doubles and triples per game. Dowling had a career year, posting career bests in batting average (.308), hits (53) and runs (35). The outfielder hit .381 in league play.
Iowa posted a 27-24 overall and a 9-11 Big Ten record in May-Johnson's first season in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten Conference play strong, jumping out to an 8-3 record. Among the victories was a 4-2 triumph at No. 1 Michigan. The win, which pushed the overall mark to 26-16, was Iowa's first over a No. 1 ranked opponent since the 2005 season and the first over a ranked foe since 2008.
A pair of Hawkeyes earned All-Big Ten recognition at the conclusion of the season. Liz Watkins was tabbed as a second team selection, while Katie Keim earned third team accolades.
May-Johnson (formerly Stacy May), was a four-year letterwinner at Iowa from 2003-06 and enjoyed a successful professional career as a member of the Chicago Bandits in the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) league from 2006-10.
May-Johnson was a three-time NFCA All-Mideast Region selection as a Hawkeye. She was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2003 while leading Iowa to a regular season and conference tournament championship. She was also a three-time All-Big Ten pick. May-Johnson's name still appears in 11 different offensive school records lists at Iowa. She finished her career with a .338 batting average, 23 home runs and 109 RBI. May-Johnson started every game in her four years, collecting 247-straight starts. In 780 career at-bats, May-Johnson tallied 264 hits and 60 walks to just 38 strikeouts.
May-Johnson exceled off the field as well, earning ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America District 7 honors as a junior and senior. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
May-Johnson was Chicago's first overall pick (fourth pick, second round) in the 2006 NPF Draft. She retired after a five-year career as one of the most decorated players in NPF history. She was named NPF Rookie of the Year in 2006 and NPF League MVP in 2008 and 2010. She was a three-time NPF All-Star (2006, 2008 and 2010) and helped lead the Bandits to the 2008 NPF team championship. The Bandits retired May-Johnson's number in 2010 after she announced her retirement from professional softball. She returned for the playoff run in 2011, helping Chicago to a second NPF crown.
May-Johnson competed for the USA Softball Women's National Team in both 2011 and 2012. She was selected as the 2011 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year after leading the Red, White and Blue to gold medals at the World Cup of Softball VII and the 2011 Pan American Games.
She started 27-of-28 games, finishing with a .418 batting average, ranking first on the team in his and third in batting average. She also had team-highs in runs (26) and RBI (30) -- nine more than her nearest teammate.
In 2012, May-Johnson helped the USA Softball Team to the gold medal at the 2012 World Cup of Softball presented by Lumber Liquidators. May-Johnson started 5-of-6 games for Team USA, posting a .357 (5-of-14) batting average with three runs, two RBIs and two walks. Her best game came in a 9-0 victory over Canada, where she went 2-for-2 with a run scored. The Americans posted a perfect 6-0 record during the competition, and they outscored their opponents, 41-3, in the five day event.
May-Johnson earned both her bachelor of arts degree in accounting and bachelor of science degree in physics from Iowa in 2007. She went on the University of Louisville where she earned her masters of science in physics in 2009.
May-Johnson served as a student assistant coach at Iowa in 2007 and a volunteer assistant coach at Louisville from 2008-10.