|Title:||Head Softball Coach|
Tiffany Ozbun returns for her eighth season as the head softball coach at Denison University in 2015.
Already a two-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Ozbun has made quite a splash in her first seven seasons at the helm of the Big Red softball program. Since 2008 she has led DU to 180 victories, three NCAC Tournament Championships, three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and three regular season conference titles.
Last season, the Big Red earned the No. x seed in the NCAC Tournament after posting a 10-6 record. Denison finished the 2014 season with a 20-16 record. In 2013, Denison posted a 23-15 mark and finished in a tie for second-place in the NCAC standings.
In 2012, the Big Red became the first team in NCAC Tournament history to capture the title as the No. 4 seed. With the win, the Big Red secured their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, DU had four players earn all-conference honors, and five land on the All-NCAC Tournament team. Senior Hannah Price headlined the list of accolades after being named first-team All-NCAC, NCAC Tournament MVP and second-team all-region.
The 2011 season saw Ozbun match her career-high with 30 victories. The Big Red posted a 12-2 record in conference play. Denison hosted the conference softball tournament for a record, eighth time after winning the NCAC regular season championship.
The previous season saw her team mount an impressive charge out of the losers bracket to win the 2010 NCAC Tournament Championship on their home field. The comeback secured Ozbun and the Big Red their second NCAA Tournament bid and the fifth in program history. The 2010 team would go on to set 11 offensive team records, highlighted by record-setting totals in RBIs (250), runs scored (276), home runs (33) and doubles (94).
Thirty-five players have earned all-conference honors under Ozbun and 11 player have been named to the Central all-region team.
Prior to her arrival at Denison, Ozbun spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Manchester College where she was responsible for pitcher/catcher development and the team's strength and conditioning program. She aided in the development of numerous all-conference and all-region athletes and in the fall of 2005 stepped in as the interim head coach/senior women's administrator at Manchester. Ozbun also served as an instructor in the Exercise and Sport Science department.
Prior to returning to Manchester, Ozbun spend three seasons at the University of Louisville where she earned a master of science in sport administration. While at Louisville, Ozbun worked primarily with catchers and defense while assisting in the development of numerous all-region and all-conference players, including the Cardinals' first All-American. In 2004, Louisville earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. That year, the Cardinals also set a Conference USA record for wins in a season (41).
As a player, Ozbun was a four-year letter winner and three-year co-captain for the Spartans. She led Manchester to the 2001 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and was named the team's most valuable player. She was the recipient of Manchester's Betty Clark Memorial award for her outstanding scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership and service and was a member of the Manchester Directors Council and the Manchester Faculty Athletic Committee.
Since 2002 Ozbun has served as the director of the University of Louisville Softball Camps and has spent her summers working various national camps and clinics. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) since 2003, Ozbun is also active in the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA).