Radford University softball has named Autumn Bishop and Marissa Yow as assistant coaches for the quickly approaching 2022 season.
Bishop joins the Highlanders after a successful four-year career playing for Liberty. From 2017 to 2020, Bishop was the Flames’ starting first baseman while amassing a large collection of awards. She is a four-time first-team all-conference selection, a three-time VaSID all-state first-team selection, and a 2017 NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic region first-team member.
During the 2017 and 2018 seasons when Liberty was still a part of the Big South, Bishop was named a member of the 2017 all-freshman team and the 2018 Tournament MVP. Bishop finished her career at Liberty with the program record for doubles, walks, sacrifice flies, and putouts while also holding the single-season records for doubles and putouts. She ranks 10th all-time in Division I with 74 career doubles.
Yow returns to the Highlanders as a coach after spending three seasons playing for Radford between 2016 and 2018. She graduated from Radford in 2019 with a degree in psychology and a minor in exercise science.
During her freshman year as a Highlander, Yow was one of four Highlanders, and the lone freshman, to start in all 61 games. At the start of the season, she was the team’s catcher before switching to third base. In 2016 Yow ranked fifth on the team with 26 RBIs and sixth with 42 hits.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2018, she appeared in 49 games and started in 43 as the designated player. Yow batted .240 while tallying six doubles and two home runs. In her season debut, she had three RBIs and a home run after missing the 2017 season due to injury.
The 2022 softball season is almost here as the Highlanders are set to face Binghamton on Feb. 11 in the season opener at the Bash in the Boro hosted by Georgia Southern. Radford will also play East Tennessee State University and Georgia Southern during the opening weekend.