|Title:||Head Softball Coach / SID|
Coach Stopa joined the Hurricane Softball coaching staff in December 2011 as the program’s fourth head coach. He led the Hurricanes to a 27-15 finish in 2012 and helped produce six All-Region players, one NFCA All-American, four NJCAA All-Academic Individual Awards and an All-Academic Team Award. Along with his duties on the field, Don will also help out as the college’s sports information director.
Stopa brings experience to the Hurricanes softball program as the 2013 season will be his 14th season as a college coach, 22nd overall. Stopa started his coaching career as a club coach on the West Coast with programs based out of Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington. As a collegiate coach, Don made stops in Oklahoma (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College), Iowa (Graceland University) and Arizona (Pima Community College).
At NEO A&M, Stopa was in charge of the pitching staff with the Golden Norsemen baseball team, which was the same position he took at Graceland University. After two years with GU Baseball, Don took over the reigns of the Yellowjacket softball team where as head coach he led the team to three straight years of improvement both on the field and in the classroom.
Coach’s final stop before Louisburg was in the desert of Tucson, Arizona where he coached both baseball and softball at PCC. His most recent coaching service was with the Aztecs softball team who finished with a two year record of 105-30 and a pair of Top 10 finishes. At PCC, Don also worked as the college’s sports information director and was a member of the adjunct faculty pool teaching in the Fitness and Sports Science department.
Stopa also has a solid educational background as he has earned an A.A. in Mass Communication (2002), a B.A. in Communication (2004) and a M.S. in Sport Management (2007).
Don resides in Louisburg with his wife Ashley and their three-year old son Austin.