COURTNEY CONLEY | HEAD COACH
Maryville University announced Courtney Conley as the new head coach of the Saints softball program for the 2019 season. She comes to Maryville after two seasons as an assistant coach with Lindenwood University. In 2018, the Lions posted a 30-win season and won two games at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament. Conley coached four All-MIAA selections, including two first-team honorees. In her first season in St. Charles, Conley helped the Lions improve by six victories in the win column. The offense improved in nearly every category, including scoring 0.30 runs more a contest, and ranked fifth in the MIAA in batting average.
Conley began her coaching career at Missouri State University, spending three seasons with the Bears. She started at MSU as a volunteer coach and worked two seasons as a graduate assistant. During her tenure in Springfield, the Bears won 80 games, and she helped the team earn Missouri Valley Conference runner-up honors in the 2015 regular season and 2015 conference tournament. The 2015 team broke the program’s single-season home run record by 15 homers, and the 2016 squad was among the nation’s leaders in fielding average.
Conley was a four-year starter at third base for the University of Alabama and won the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series with the Crimson Tide. During her four seasons at Alabama, she was a part of three SEC regular season championships and two SEC tournament titles. Conley played in NCAA Tournament all four seasons and advanced to two College World Series.
In her career, Conley had 91 RBI, 90 runs, 24 home runs, and 21 doubles. She had numerous big hits throughout her career, with the biggest being a RBI double and scoring a run in the 2012 World Series title-clinching game against Oklahoma. Conley helped the Crimson Tide post a 60-8 record en route to the national title.
Conley is a native of Robertsville, Mo., and was the 2007 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year at Eureka High School. She also earned Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year honors during her time with the Wildcats. Her final high school numbers included 127 runs, 155 hits, 19 home runs, 47 stolen bases, and 42 RBI.
Conley graduated from Alabama in 2013 with a degree in communicative disorders, and she earned her master’s from Missouri State in 2016 in business administration. She earned four NFCA academic awards during her playing career, was a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and selected for the All-SEC Volunteer Award.
EMILY CRANE | ASSISTANT COACH
Maryville University head softball coach Courtney Conley has announced the Emily Crane will join the Saints staff as an assistant coach for the softball program. Crane comes to Maryville after a stint as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Missouri, last season. She is also playing professionally for the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch Association.
Crane graduated from Troy Buchanan High School, where she helped lead the Trojans to a state championship in her senior year. She earned first team honors in each of her four years at Troy and was named the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in her senior campaign.
While at Missouri, Crane became only the third Tiger in program history to earn First Team All-American honors with a .404 batting average and tied a single season record with 64 runs scored in her senior season. She was also named to the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Defensive team in both her junior and senior seasons in Columbia.
Crane also excelled in the classroom by being named to the first team of the CoSIDA Academic All-American team and she also earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades while at Missouri.
Crane was drafted seventh overall in the second round of the 2016 NPF Draft and was traded to Chicago in the winter of 2017. She posted a career-best .326 batting average and stole eight bases in 2018. Crane has a .961 career fielding percentage and has stolen 24 bases in her time as a Bandit.