Dec. 6, 2003
Starkville, MS –
Florida State coach JoAnne Graf, Central Michigan’s
Margo Jonker and longtime St. Louis Community College coach Celeste
Knierim were inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association
Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The three were honored at the NFCA National Convention at the Del Lago Resort in Montgomery, Texas.
Graf sits in second place on the NCAA all-time wins chart, winning 1214
games over her 25 years in Tallahassee. She has taken the Seminoles to
six Women’s College World Series appearances and is a five-time ACC Coach
of the Year.
Graf has built the Florida State program into one of the nation’s elite.
The Seminoles have posted winning season every year of her coaching
career. She has averaged 50 wins a season in 20 years of fastpitch
softball, and has coached 20 All-Americans in her career.
Jonker has won over 800 games at Central Michigan, leading the Chippewas
to 10 Mid-American Conference championships and 12 appearances in the
NCAA Tournament, including the 1987 Women’s College World Series. That
season, she was named National Coach of the Year.
Jonker has received MAC Coach of the Year accolades nine times and has
won the MAC Tournament nine times, including four of the last five. Every
four-year player at CMU has earned at least one championship ring in her
Knierim has just completed her 30th season as head coach at St. Louis
Community College-Meramec. Having posted over 1,000 wins in her career,
she leads the all-time win list among active NJCAA coaches.
Knierim has led the Magic to 13 NJCAA Tournament appearances, and has won
23 MCCAC championships, including streaks of 10 and 11 consecutive
titles. She has coached 44 NJCAA All-Americans.