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Utah made its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to Super Regionals in 2016. The Utes finished with a 35-22 overall record and placed fourth in the Pac-12 Conference with a 13-10 mark—its most wins since joining the league in 2012. The Utes were ranked 16th in the final NFCA Poll. It marked the third time overall and the first since 2000 that Utah was ranked at season’s end.
The accolades rolled in for second baseman Hannah Flippen as she was not only named Pac-12 Player of the Year, but also a NFCA All-American and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Flippen earned spots on the All-Pac-12 First Team, Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and an invite to the USA Elite Team.
Anissa Urtez, a two-time All-Pac-12 honoree, paced the conference with 16 doubles. For her efforts, she was named to the Mexican National Team after the season. Urtez and Flippen combined to help Utah rank second in the nation in double plays turned.
Katie Donovan was named First Team All-Pac-12 for a second-straight season as she surpassed her career high with 20 wins, the third-most of any Pac-12 pitcher. She ranked fifth in the Pac-12 with a 2.47 earned run average and her 141 strikeouts were good for seventh.
The Utes may have lost third baseman Kristen Stewart, an All-NFCA selection, and Shelby Pacheco, a Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection, but the future looks bright for the program.
Ally Dickman was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team and finished second in the conference with seven doubles, trailing only her teammate Urtez. Another newcomer, Kay Kay Fronda, batted .400 over the four games in NCAA Regionals.
Amy Hogue is in her 17th season with the Utah softball program as a head coach, assistant coach and player.
Hogue has been the Utes’ head coach for eight seasons with a 259-232-1 (.527) record. She has a 456-314-1 (.592) overall record in 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach, which includes six seasons at the NJCAA’s Salt Lake Community College.
Among Utah’s career leaders, she still ranks third in at bats (703) and stolen bases (72), fourth in hits (239), and fifth in both hitting (.340) and runs (125). Her 101 hits in a season was one of the longest-standing marks in the NCAA, and she still holds the NCAA record for at bats in a game (14).
Hogue graduated from Utah in 1994 with a sociology degree and earned a Masters from Utah in social work in 1996. The Sandy, Utah, native is married to Sean Hogue and has three children, Brennan (14), Kai (12) and Tessa (9).
Hogue graduated from Utah in 1994 with a sociology degree and earned a Masters from Utah in social work in 1996. The Sandy, Utah, native is married to Sean Hogue and has three children, Brennan, Kai and Tessa.
Cody Thomson has spent six seasons as a full-time assistant with the Utes and has been part of the staff since 2004 when he served as a volunteer assistant coach.
A former USA Softball Men’s National Team pitcher, Thompson played for the national team from 2004-09. He was named Best Pitcher at the NAFA World Series in 2006. He was a four-time ASA All-American..
Thomson is married to the former Amanda Tuft and has four children: Mikaela, Chase, Cayden and Quinley.
Maggie Livreri has spent five seasons on the Utah staff and is the Utes’ recruiting coordinator.
Livreri was an assistant coach at UNLV from 2009-11 after working as a volunteer coach from 2007-08. The Rebels made the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Las Vegas native played at Colorado State University-Pueblo before transferring to UNLV for 2005-06 seasons.
She played one season in the Italian Professional League for Nuoro. Livreri earned a bachelor’s degree from UNLV in university studies in 2006 and obtained her master’s in higher education leadership in 2008.
Russ Paskins has been with the Utes for six seasons as a volunteer assistant.
He was an assistant coach at Alta High School 2006-09 and enjoyed a 24-year playing career on the fastpitch circuit. His teams advanced to 12 Men’s Majors Fastpitch Nationals. He was selected to the All-World Team at NAFA Masters twice and won three league batting titles.
Paskins and his wife Mindi have three daughters: Desirae, Samantha and Whitney.