Brian Levin, head coach of the UMSL softball team

Brian Levin, head coach of the UMSL softball team, was named field manager for the professional softball team the Akron Racers.

University of Missouri–St. Louis head softball coach Brian Levin has been named field manager for the Akron Racers for the 2014 season, as announced by General Manager Joey Arriett.

The Akron Racers are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch league, beginning their 13th season of play in 2014. The Racers competed in the Women’s Pro Softball League for two seasons (1999 and 2000) and have been in the NPF since 2004. The NPF season runs from late May through August.

“It is an honor to be selected as the field manager of the Racers and continue to build on the tradition of excellence that has been established since 1999,” said Levin, who will remain head coach at UMSL. “The Racers organization has been a tremendous promoter of the NPF and fastpitch softball at all levels. After meeting the staff and leadership of the Racers, I feel that we share a lot of the same values.”

Levin is entering his fourth season at the helm of the UMSL Tritons program, where he owns a 99-58 (.631) record. He guided the program to a 41-13 record last season, the second most wins in program history. The squad also won the program’s first GLVC Tournament championship and earned its third bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament, while receiving a national ranking of No. 22.

In his first season (2011), Levin directed the program to a 31-20 record and the program’s second regular season Great Lakes Valley Conference title in three seasons with a 20-5 record. For his efforts, he was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquarted in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch and Women’s Softball League. NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fast pitch softball since 2002. For more about the NPF, visit www.profastpitch.com.

More about the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers are headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. For more on the Akron Racers, visit www.akronracers.org.

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