At 1,351 career victories through 31 years as a collegiate head coach, Ralph Weekly continues to set the standard for success that his teams have championed through the years. The 2011 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee just completed his 17th season as Tennessee's co-head coach in 2018.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) honored his efforts throughout a distinguished, three-decade career that has spanned from his time in the U.S. Air Force through stops at Pacific Lutheran, Chattanooga and now Tennessee, with a 2011 induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame. Voted in by his coaching peers and with the organization consisting of just 49 previous inclusions, Weekly joined Ithaca Head Coach Deb Pallozzi in ceremonies at the annual NFCA Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., in Dec. of 2011.


A 22-year collegiate softball head coaching veteran boasting 1,073 career wins, Karen Weekly and her husband Ralph just completed their 17th season at the helm of the Tennessee softball program. Having guided UT to a staggering 850 victories and five top three national finishes (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013) and seven appearances (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015) in the Women's College World Series since arriving to resuscitate the program prior to the 2002 season, Karen and Ralph have made it evident that tireless recruiting and solid coaching by the experienced Weeklys and their staff can produce huge dividends to the UT softball program.

The Vols continued their streak of postseason appearances in 2018, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 15th straight year after a fourth-place finish in the SEC. UT's impressive regular season, which included a 22-game win streak, earned them the No. 10 national seed entering postseason play. The Big Orange went 3-0 in the Knoxville Regional to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the sixth time in seven years and the 10th time overall. Tennessee's season came to an end at the Athens Super Regional, where the Lady Vols were defeated in consecutive games by the seventh-seeded Georgia Bulldogs.


Lauded for his teaching ability and his overall knowledge of the game, Marty McDaniel continues to provide his outgoing personality and boundless enthusiasm to the Vol softball program. McDaniel just completed his 14th season as assistant coach on the staff of Tennessee co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly. A former head coach at Division II Armstrong Atlantic State University (Ga.), McDaniel's experience as both a coach and as a men's fastpitch veteran has been invaluable to the UT efforts.

During his time on the UT softball staff, McDaniel has been vital to the program's stunning success. His pitching pupils such as standouts Monica Abbott, Megan Rhodes, Ashton Ward, Cat Hosfield, Ivy Renfroe, Ellen Renfroe, Erin Gabriel, Rainey Gaffin, Matty Moss and Caylan Arnold have helped extend Tennessee's streak of 40+ win seasons to 16 following the 2018 campaign. During his 14 years at Tennessee (2005-18), his pitching staffs have led the nation in ERA and strikeouts (2007), set a national record for shutouts (51 in 2005) and helped the Big Orange to 715 total victories, an average of 54 wins-per-season.


India Chiles is entering her second season as assistant coach with the Tennessee softball program, returning to Rocky Top and co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly.

Chiles, a former All-American for the Lady Vols (2004-07), will primarily work with the slappers and outfielders. She joins the staff after working as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Johnson & Johnson. She is the current owner and operator of SlapperNation, LLC.

As a player, Chiles helped Tennessee reached the Women’s College World Series three times (2005, 2006 and 2007) and the NCAA Tournament four times from 2004-07. The Lady Vols also made the WCWS championship game in 2007 and finished the season as national runners-up. Chiles has been regarded as one of the best slappers in the game and for her efforts was named SEC Player of the Year in 2007.


Melissa Brown is entering her second season as the Director of Softball Operations, serving on the staff of co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly.

She came back to Rocky Top after spending the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant coach at LSU. Her job duties will include the coordination, planning and execution of the program’s day-to-day activities, as well as coordinating team travel plans and meals and supervising the team’s managers.

During her time with the Tigers, the program made the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Women’s College World Series. With her as a volunteer assistant coach in 2017, the Tigers made an amazing run to the Women’s College World Series by going on the road for a Super Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., where they defeated then-No. 4 Florida State to advance to their third straight WCWS.

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