Associate Head Coach
Sue Frederick enters her 29th year on the Missouri State softball coaching staff. In her role as associate head coach, Frederick works with the Bear infielders, offense and oversees MSU’s strength and conditioning, team travel, practice organization, budgeting and clinic development.
Frederick came to Missouri State straight from a successful playing career at Creighton. Since joining the Missouri State staff, Frederick has seen the Bears compile a 700-661-2 record and win six conference championships during her time in Springfield. She helped lead the Bears to three straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championships from 1996 to 1998 and helped guide them to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
She earned the status of One-Star Master Coach in 2001 after completing courses through the National Fastpitch Coaches College.
A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Frederick played for the Virginia Roadsters in the inaugural Women’s Professional Fastpitch season in the summer of 1997.
Frederick, who graduated cum laude from Creighton in 1989, was a four-year standout and career .302 hitter on the Jays’ softball team and set school career records for hits (209) and stolen bases (47). As a sophomore, she set CU single-season marks with 69 hits and 41 runs scored and then tied her hit record with 69 in her senior campaign.
Over a three-year stretch, Frederick had 31 straight successful stolen base attempts, a feat which puts her 23rd on the all-time Division I list and her .423 batting mark as a sophomore in 1987 ranked 10th in the nation that year and second in CU history.
A two-time all-region first teamer, Frederick helped the Jays to High Country Conference titles in 1986 and 1987, with a College World Series berth in 1986. She was a first team all-conference pick in 1987 and 1989 and earned the Carl M. Reinert Scholar Athlete Award as a senior. In 1989-90, she served as an intern for the High Country Conference in Laramie, Wyo. In 2000, she was inducted into the Iowa Softball Hall of Fame for her career accomplishments.
Associate Head Coach
Beth Perine begins her 24th season with the Bears after joining the staff in October of 1995. As associate head coach, Perine is involved in overseeing all aspects of the program, with primary responsibilities in the areas of developing catchers and outfielders and recruiting. Perine also serves as third base coach for the Bears.
Perine plays a valuable role in player development at Missouri State. She oversees the academic progress of each student-athlete, as well as organizing the community service efforts of the team. The Bears participate in a variety of community service projects during the year.
Also involved in the community herself, Perine serves as the Vice President of Events for the Women’s Intersport Network of Springfield, an organization committed to the promotion of girls and women in sports. Perine is also involved in raising money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
Perine came on board with the Bears in time to experience three of the most successful seasons in school history from 1996 to 1998, with MSU winning back-to-back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference Tournament titles and advancing to the NCAA Tournament each year.
A 1982 graduate of Ohio State University, Perine possesses a wealth of experience, having coached 30 years on the NCAA Division I level, including four seasons as a head coach at Eastern Illinois University. Perine served as head softball coach at Eastern Illinois University from 1991 to 1995, leading the Panthers to four straight 20-win seasons. During her tenure, EIU had two all-region and 11 all-conference honorees, in addition to 24 academic all-conference picks.
Before taking the Eastern Illinois job, Perine served as assistant softball coach at Penn State University from 1986 to 1991 and helped the Lady Lions to the Atlantic 10 Conference championship in 1988. She earned her master’s degree in counseling education from Penn State in 1989 with a 4.00 grade-point average.
Perine also spent three years as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1983 to 1986.
After a successful playing career that culminated in an NFCA All-Region first-team recognition as a senior in 2018, Kaitlin Beason joined the MSU staff in the fall of 2018 as a graduate assistant coach.
Her playing career summary:
NFCA All-Region: 2018 (1st)
All-MVC: 2018 (2nd)
MVC All-Defensive Team: 2018
MVC All-Tournament: 2018
MVC Pitcher of the Week: 4/10/17
MVC Scholar-Athlete Team: 2017 (1st), 2018 (1st)
MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award: 2016, 2017, 2018
MVC Honor Roll: 2016, 2017, 2018
NFCA Scholar-Athlete: 2016, 2017
MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Played an errorless season at first base, establishing a new program record with no mishaps in 293 defensive chances ... Earned NFCA All-Region first-team, All-MVC second-team, MVC Defensive Team, MVC All-Tournament Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honors ... Hit .333 with 7 home runs and 24 RBI with team-best 23 walks ... Hit a walk-off solo homer to defeat Indiana State on Senior Day at Killian Stadium, 5-4, (4/28/18) ... Made limited appearances in the circle after battling an injury, pitching in 7 contests with 5 strikeouts in 20 innings ... Finished her career with 21 homers to rank third all-time in program history ...
As a junior, Beason went 12-11 in the circle with 23 starts and 32 appearances with 11 complete games, 8 shutouts and 57 strikeouts ... Was 6th in the MVC in ERA (2.37) and had the fifth-best ERA in conference games (2.22) ... Cracked national rankings in two categories -- 22nd in shutouts (8) and 145th in ERA (2.37) ... Also notched a pair of saves and led the club in innings pitched (156.1) ... On April 10, she was named MVC Pitcher of the Week after a solid effort in the Indiana State series in which she was 1-0 in two starts with a 0.58 ERA, including a near no-hitter (into the 7th) in the series opener ... Drove in season-high 4 runs, including walk-off homer at UMKC (March 5) ... Also homered at UMKC on March 3 ... Struck out season-high 7 batters vs. Jacksonville State (March 10) ... Did not allow an earned run in 15 appearances ... Earned MVC Scholar-Athlete first-team distinction ... MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award ... MVC Honor Roll ... MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Fall 2017, Spring 2018.
Beason started 17 games in the circle, making 25 total appearances ... Played in 50 games and batted .246 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and drew a team-high 19 walks ... Six of her eight home runs came in games in which she was the pitcher of record ... In the circle, she led the staff with a 3.39 ERA, going 8-10 with eight complete games and two shutouts ... Pitched a career-long 9.0 innings in her first start of the year against Detroit (Feb. 12) ... Tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout in victory over Northern Colorado (Feb. 14) ... Earned the win in a complete game effort over Mercer (Feb. 27), the first of four-consecutive appearances resulting in a victory ... Collected the win with four shutdown frames at Northern Iowa (April 24) ... Shut out Evansville on five hits in a complete-game win (April 29) ... Allowed just one hit in victory over Indiana State to lock up a spot in the MVC Tournament (May 7) ... Began the season at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance that included two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in win against Mercer (Feb. 26) ... Drove in two with a hit and a walk the next day in another victory over Mercer (Feb. 27) ... Blasted her first home run of the year, a three-run shot, in win over UMKC (March 4) ... Tallied a pair of dingers, including a grand slam, driving in five in Bears’ win over SEMO (March 5) ... Slammed a solo home run against UNI (March 12) and drove in two more later in the day against Omaha (Mar. 12) ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a walk and a run scored as Bears cruised to win at Arkansas (March 29) ... Was hit by a pitch three times and drew another walk while scoring a run against Southern Illinois (April 9) ... Drove in a pair of runs with a long ball in series finale versus SIU (April 10) ... Slugged solo home runs against conference foes UNI (April 23) and Indiana State (May 7 & 8) ... Drove in two runs in win over Bradley in MVC Tournament (May 12) ... Drew a walk in five-consecutive games to end the season.
Beason pitched in eight games with two starts and played in a total of 38 games in her first season at MSU ... In the first outing of her career, she pitched 1.1 innings with two strikeouts to earn the save against Abilene Christian (Feb. 6) ... Her first career hit came later that day and was a home run against Louisiana Monroe (Feb. 6), a game in which she clubbed two home runs in a 3-for-3 outing ... She earned the win with 6.0 strong innings and drew a walk while driving in a run in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Feb. 7) ... Scored a run and drove in another in win at Louisiana Tech (Feb. 8) ... Picked up a pinch hit single against Eastern Michigan (Feb. 13) ... hit a double among two hits in game two at McNeese State (Feb. 20) ... Drove in a run in the game against Iowa (Feb. 22) ... Had a walk and an RBI in the middle game of the Indiana State series (March 28) ... Recorded a hit in each of the final two games against Evansville (April 4-5) including a solo home run in the series finale ... Walked and scored a run in the opener of the Loyola series (April 11) ... Had a pinch hit at Tulsa (April 29).
Was a four-year standout for head coach Walter Resa at Webb City (Mo.) High ... A three-time Central Ozark Conference Player of the Year, she led her Cardinals to four-consecutive undefeated seasons in conference play and the district title in each of her seasons ... Led Webb City to the Class 4 state championship game as a senior after third-place finishes at state in her freshman and sophomore seasons ... Earned all-conference, all-district, and all-region accolades in each of her four seasons and picked up all-state honors three times ... In the circle, she had an ERA below 1.00 in three seasons and struck out 165 batters in 126 innings as a senior with a perfect game ... At the plate, Beason slammed 27 career home runs, drove in 164 runs and hit .400 or better in all four seasons ... Won the 2012 16U ASA National Championship with Tulsa Elite ‘95.
Kaitlin Nichole Beason was born May 10, 1996, in Joplin, Mo. ... Daughter of Michele and Kelly Beason ... Has one brother, Cade ... Both of her parents are MSU alums ... Graduated in December with a B.S. in Psychology ... Now pursuing a master’s degree.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
A product of Lubbock Christian University, experienced instructor and coach Kristen Doty returns for a third season on the Missouri State staff and will serve as a volunteer assistant coach this spring.
She served as a coaching intern at Lubbock Christian for coach Daren Hays while at the Division II institution. While there, she assisted the coaching staff in all aspects of the practices and was responsible for working with the Lady Chaps outfielders. She was also a collegiate golfer, playing a year at Lubbock Christian and two years at Central Baptist.
The NFCA certified coach has coached a number of age-group teams, including a 16U travel squad in Lubbock, Texas that advanced to USSSA nationals, and an 8U team in Izard County, Ark.
Doty is also a personal softball instructor, providing private lessons for ages 6-18, and working with players on hitting, bunting and fielding fundamentals as well as advanced techniques.
The native of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., was a standout prep player at Izard County High School where she earned all-district, all-conference all-region and all-state honors for coach Matt Orf. She had the highest batting average on her prep club all four years and led her team to four district and conference titles. She also claimed all-state tournament laurels and competed for the elite Gold level of travel ball, earning MVP honors at a number of tournaments. She decided not to pursue a collegiate softball career after suffering an elbow injury in high school.