KENNESAW, Ga. – A three-year letter winner at the University of Missouri, Alyssa Cousins joined the Kennesaw State softball program in October of 2016.
During Cousins' two years as an assistant, the Owls have compiled an overall record of 79-37 (.681), including a 25-9 (.735) record in ASUN Conference play, made two postseason appearances, and captured the 2018 conference regular-season and tournament championships. The 2018 season also marked a program first as Kennesaw State won it first ASUN Conference tournament crown and appeared the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for the first time.
The Owls have also experienced a great deal of individual success as three KSU players have earned NFCA All-South Region honors and junior Maddie Roth garnered NFCA All-American recognition. Additionally, five players have been named first team ASUN All-Conference, three have been voted second team all-conference and five individuals have been selected all-freshman.
In 2017, senior catcher Courtney Sutter was named ASUN Conference Player of the Year, while pitcher Alley Cutting voted Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore in 2018, Cutting was tabbed Pitcher of the Year, while Patricia Awald was earned Freshman of the Year honors. Ten individuals have been chosen ASUN Player of the Week and five Owls have been awarded Pitcher of the Week recognition.
Cousins joins the Owls' coaching staff after one year at Grayson College where she served the dual role of assistant softball coach and residential advisor.
"I am extremely excited and blessed that Pete chose me to be part of this move in his career," Cousins said. "He brought me to Missouri and now I am tagging along to Georgia, and I couldn't imagine working for a better person. I cannot wait to be part of another winning program here at Kennesaw State."
During her career at Mizzou, Cousins was a member of three Tigers teams that posted a cumulative record of 123-48 (.719), made three NCAA Division I regional appearances, two Super Regional showings and earned three Top 15 final national rankings.
In addition to her efforts on the field, Cousins was a three-time Academic Honor Roll honoree.
Born in Fort Ord, Calif., Cousins attended Newman Smith High School in Carrolton, Texas where she was named district Catcher of the Year in 2009 and 2011 and first team all-district in 2008 and 2010. She earned a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation and tourism, with an emphasis in sport management, from the University of Missouri in 2015.
Camden Decker, who served on the staff at Delaware in 2018, has been named an assistant coach, Kennesaw State head softball coach Tripp MacKay announced on Oct. 4.
"Camden came highly recommended and after several conversations with him I knew he would be a great fit for our program," MacKay said. "I look forward to seeing what he can do with our pitchers. He is a hard worker and I know he will do a great job for KSU softball."
Prior to his one season at Delaware, Decker served three years at the University of Texas-Arlington where the Mavericks' pitching showed improvement each season. Under his tutelage, UTA lowered its team ERA by 1.73 runs per game over the previous two seasons and two pitchers were selected to the Sun Belt All-Conference team.
The UTA pitching staff was led by two-time all-league selection Samantha Clakley, who ranked third in school history with 26 wins in 2017. Additionally, Sam Montes tossed the fifth no-hitter in Mavericks history.
UTA increased its win total during all three of Decker's seasons in Arlington, while the 2016 squad set a school record by winning its first 19 games. Six Mavericks earned all-conference honors, while two were named all-region.
Prior to arriving in Arlington, Decker spent the 2014 season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Arkansas.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Owls family. I want to thank Scott Whitlock and Coach MacKay for giving me the opportunity to come on board and help continue the success KSU softball has seen the past few years," Decker said. "With Coach MacKay as our leader, I am very excited and eager to see where this program can go."
Decker previously spent time as an assistant at the Doug Gillis International Fastpitch Institute, where he helped in the instruction of pitching staffs at Evansville University and the University of Missouri. Gillis served as Kennesaw State's pitching coach in 2017 and 2018.
A native of Aurora, Ill., Decker was a two-year captain of the baseball team at Waubonsee Community College, where he was twice named an all-conference and all-region performer while leading Waubonsee to a seventh-place finish at the 2010 NJCAA Division III World Series.
He then transferred to Trinity International University, where he was a member of the baseball team and volunteer assistant with the softball squad. Decker, a former member for the USA Men's Fastpitch National Team, earned his bachelor's degree from Trinity International in May, 2013.