Coaching Staff

 

Alyssa Cousins
Assistant Coach

A three-year letter winner at the University of Missouri, Alyssa Cousins joined the Kennesaw State softball program in October of 2016.
 
During Cousins' three years as an assistant, the Owls have compiled an overall record of 105-66 (.614), including a 35-20 (.636) record in ASUN Conference play, made three postseason appearances, and captured the 2018 conference regular-season and tournament championships. The 2018 season also marked a program first as Kennesaw State won its 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, nine have been voted second team all-conference and seven 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. 11 individuals have been chosen ASUN Player of the Week and six 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.
 
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
Pitching Coach

Entering his second season at Kennesaw State in 2019-20, Camden Decker was named an assistant coach for the softball program on Oct. 4, 2018, working with the Owls' pitching staff.

Decker mentored one of the ASUN's top pitchers in his first year at KSU in Hailey Andrews. The senior led the league with 232 total strikeouts, becoming just the fifth Owl in program history to fan over 200 batters in a single-season. Andrews led the conference with 25 complete games while ranked tied for second with 18 wins and seventh with a 2.43 ERA.

Before joining KSU, Decker was an assistant coach at Delaware for one season in 2018.

Prior to his stint with the Blue Hens, 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.
 
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.

 

Amanda Marshall
Volunteer Assistant

Prior to joining the Kennesaw State Coaching staff, Amanda Marshall served as assistant coach at Emory University from August 2017 through June 2019. While at Emory, Marshall was head coach and program mentor at the Georgia Fire 2017 to July 2019.  Before Emory, she served as the head coach of the Georgia Mustangs Softball from 2015 through 2017.

While Coaching at Emory (2017-2019), Emory softball was rated with the highest strength of schedule in the NCAA Division 3 in 2018 and 2019. The Eagles won the UAA Conference both years, and in 2019 Emory finished 2nd in the NCAA Division 3 National Championships. During the summer of 2018, Marshall was appointed Emory Interim Coach during their formal national head coach search and through the transition process. While at Emory, Amanda’s duties included recruiting, working with catchers, outfielders and on hitting.

As a player, Marshall played at Nicholls State University as catcher and outfielder. She was a member of the Great Britain National Softball Program and Roster Pool from 2011 through 2014, playing in the 2013 Junior Women’s World Softball Championships, competing against national programs including Team USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Russia, China and Taiwan.

Amanda graduated from Milton High School in 2012 and was a four-year varsity starter and letter winner as a catcher, corner and outfielder.  She played travel ball for the Georgia Fire 18 Gold in 2010 and the Georgia Impact 18 Gold 2010 - 2012, playing in the 2011 ASA 18 Gold Nationals. Amanda also played with the renowned Wilson Select 23U team in 2013 & 2014.

Amanda has guest coached at a number of softball development camps around the US, served as the Varsity Community Coach at Milton High School (GHSA Region 5-AAAAAAA) 2017 & 2018, and is a National FastPitch Coaches Association (“NFCA”) Three-Star Master Certified Coach.