Les Stuedeman

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In 1995, Lorraine "Les" Stuedeman became the first softball coach at UAH. During her successful career, she has transformed an idea into a winning tradition.
Stuedeman has made a significant mark in the South Region during her tenure, guiding the Chargers to an incredibly 1055-346-1 record. The Chargers have averaged more than 46 wins per season under Stuedeman, and her teams have never had a losing season.
Stuedeman’s accomplishments have been recognized on the national level as she was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual conference 2014.
In her team’s most recent campaign, the Chargers posted 39 victories while going on a terrific postseason run that saw UAH win the South 1 Regional by upsetting top-seeded Palm Beach Atlantic on its way to a Super Regional appearance. UAH had seven all-GSC selections including the GSC Co-Freshman of the Year, and five Chargers earned all-South Region status.
In the 2017 season, Stuedeman won her 1,000th game to make her the 34th coach in NCAA softball history across all divisions to reach that plateau.
Stuedeman’s teams have earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament 21 times – including a stretch of 16 in a row with the team’s 2018 berth – and the Chargers have captured four South Region titles (1999, 2001, 2009 and 2011). In 2009 and 2011, she guided the Chargers to the brink of a national championship finishing as the Division II Softball World Series runner-up both seasons. Stuedeman and her staff have been named South Region Coaching Staff of the Year six times (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2011).
Under Stuedeman, the Chargers have appeared in 13 Gulf South Conference Championship games, winning eight titles, including three in a row from 2006 through 2008. The Chargers have an all-time GSC tournament record of 69-28 – the best mark in the conference.
In her extraordinarily successful collegiate coaching stint, Stuedeman also has 10 GSC Coach of the Year titles to her credit as she garnered the award in 1996, 2001, and 2002 before winning it four consecutive seasons from 2008-11 and adding another pair in 2013 and 2014 before winning her 10th honor in 2017.
The program’s success in the conference was highlighted when in 2010 Stuedeman was named GSC East Division Coach of the Decade, while the Chargers were also picked as the decade’s top softball program. Five former Chargers (Stephanie Pinto, 2004-07; Melanie Carter, 2000-03; Kristin Spencer, 2003-06; Beth Lawson, 2007-10; and Sage Woodham, 2006-09) were members of the GSC All-Decade team, while Pinto and Woodham were named Player and Pitcher of the Decade, respectively. Two other former All-Americans, Lane Davis (1998-01) and Audrey Williams (1998-01), were named honorable mention.
Stuedeman's first recruiting class did her proud over their four seasons and made quite the immediate impact as her squad made her the first UAH coach to go to a national championship and to win a conference title in her first year as head coach. All-American pitcher Wendy Hurst, who Stuedeman coached for a season at Hewitt-Trussville High School, set the tone for future Chargers as she set several NCAA softball records during her career, and she also owns the pitching section of the UAH softball record book.
Additionally, Hurst was an inaugural member of the GSC Hall of Fame as she was inducted in 2014, and she was joined in the Hall by Carter in 2016 and Pinto in 2017.
Along with Hurst and Carter, Stuedeman has had several other players earn GSC, South Region and All-America honors under her direction. Overall, there have been 41 All-Americans, 10 GSC Players or Pitchers of the Year and eight Freshmen of the Year. Additionally, in 2005 Pinto earned the prestigious Gulf South Conference Commissioner's trophy.
In addition to her responsibilities at the helm of the softball program, Stuedeman served as the Senior Woman Administrator for the UAH Department of Athletics from 2010-14.
Before beginning her time at UAH, Stuedeman coached one year at Hewitt-Trussville (1994-95). While at HTHS, she led her team to a 43-13 overall record and was named the Jefferson County Coach of the Year. Prior to coaching high school, Stuedeman was an assistant for two seasons at the University of West Alabama where she also earned a Master's Degree in Education. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Huntingdon College.
Along with coaching on the college and high school levels, Stuedeman has been instrumental in the growth of fastpitch softball in North Alabama as she coached and helped organize the first 12-and-under softball travel team in Huntsville.
Stuedeman played first base and catcher in college and high school. She lettered one season in both volleyball and softball at Samford University prior to transferring to Huntingdon College where she lettered for three seasons as a catcher. While at Samford, she became their first ever all-conference performer. At Huntingdon, Stuedeman earned All-America and All-District Honors in 1992, and All-District in 1990 and 1991.
In the fall of 2013, Stuedeman was inducted into the Huntingdon Athletic Hall of Fame, and she also was enshrined in the Vestavia Hills Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Additionally, she is also set to be inducted to the Madison County Hall of Fame.
Not the only Stuedeman to have a strong career in the coaching ranks, sister Vann Stuedeman – a former assistant at UAH – is the head softball coach at Mississippi State, and brother Stu Stuedeman is the assistant boys basketball coach at Mountain Brook High School.
Stuedeman is a member of the National Softball Coaches Association.

Stuedeman's Career Record
1996 42-21
1997 24-23
1998 45-17
1999 62-12
2000 56-14
2001 52-14
2002 42-19
2003 46-18
2004 48-11
2005 52-16
2006 52-17
2007 45-18
2008 52-9
2009 54-6
2010 41-12
2011 48-6-1
2012 42-16
2013 43-17
2014 48-12
2015 40-16
2016 40-17
2017 42-17
2018 39-18
Total 1055-346-1

Stuedeman's Milestone Victories
Milestone Date Opponent
100 April 17, 1998 West Georgia
200 March 18, 2000 Valdosta State
300 March 22, 2002 North Florida
400 April 11, 2004 Arkansas at Monticello
500 April 2, 2006 West Georgia
600 March 29, 2008 West Alabama
700 April 9, 2010 Ouachita Baptist
800 April 22, 2012 West Alabama
900 February 13, 2015 West Georgia
1000 April 1, 2017 North Alabama