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Sandy Montgomery
Sandy Montgomery
Title: Head Softball Coach
Phone: 618-650-3712
Email: cougarsoftball@siue.edu
Previous College: SIUE '86, '88
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The longest tenured head coach at SIUE, Sandy Montgomery continues to write historic chapters nearly every season.

Montgomery became a member of the 1,000-win list, becoming the only person to have played for and won 1,000 games at her alma mater. The historic win came in 2017 in a neutral site game against Holy Cross.

The 2017 season also was a special one for Montgomery as the Cougars finished the season with a program record No. 41 in the RPI after a 41-win season. Senior pitcher Haley Chambers-Book became the first SIUE player to be drafted professionally as she was selected 14th overall by the Texas Charge.

The 2015 OVC Coach of the Year, Montgomery led the Cougars to their first-ever OVC regular season crown and has now powered the Cougars to the championship game of the OVC Tournament in each of the last four seasons.

As she begins her 30th season as the program’s head coach, Coach Montgomery's coaching record stands at 1,026-519-2. The Cougars have won 30 games in a season 21 times during Montgomery's tenure, and SIUE reached the NCAA Division I tournament the first time with a conference tournament title in 2014.

Montgomery has earned her success through hard work and determination. No matter the level, she always has found success. Montgomery oversaw the development of Chambers-Book, a two-time OVC Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and 2017 as well as the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 OVC Championship after winning consecutive games in the tournament over Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois, and Murray State.

Chambers-Book and second baseman Allison Smiley became the latest players to earn All-Mideast Region honors for the Cougars. Smiley was the team’s top hitter and committed just one error on defense.

An Associate Athletics Director for SIUE, Montgomery has made an impact not only on the softball program but also a lasting impact on the SIUE Department of Athletics. While staying engaged in the day-to-day workings of the department, Montgomery was instrumental in SIUE’s move to the Division I level as a member of the certification process, working as a member of the Self-Study Steering Committee and the Equity and Student Welfare Sub-Committee. 

Her coaching résumé is among the nation's finest, including an NCAA Division II National Championship in 2007. It also features two consecutive appearances in the National Finals, in 2006 and 2007, and nine consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 2000 to 2008. In 2007, Montgomery's staff was named the National Staff of the Year.  Two seasons later, Montgomery was named the 2009 NCAA Division I Independent Coach of the Year.

The Cougars have averaged 30 victories per season since joining the Division I ranks and have their eyes on elite status under Montgomery’s direction. Since joining the Ohio Valley Conference, Cougar Field has been one of the toughest places to play in the league with 65 home victories in the first six seasons of play. SIUE showed its strength early with an RPI as high as 56th during the 2013 season.

Montgomery and her 2009 team made a splash in the program’s first year at the NCAA Division I level. The Cougars finished 40-10 with a RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) of 49. Zembruski, outfielder Courtney Mall, and pitcher Kaitlin Colosimo were named first team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Mideast Region selections.

Montgomery's teams not only succeed on the field but also in the classroom. Kasey Schlafke earned 2011 Academic All-District honors as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). SIUE was ranked No. 16 in the nation by the NFCA for the 2009-2010 academic year with a team grade point average of 3.410. Her teams consistently have a cumulative grade point average well above 3.0 and usually are among the tops in the SIUE Athletic Department.

On the field, Montgomery has coached 11 All-Americans and 57 All-Region selections. She led the Cougars to the NCAA Division II National Tournament 11 times and won the GLVC Tournament five times, including three consecutive titles from 2006 to 2008. Montgomery earned the Great Lakes Valley Conference's Coach of the Year honor four times. The NFCA also named SIUE the Regional Coaching Staff of the Year three times. The 2009 season marked the 14th straight season Montgomery's teams won 30 or more games.

Montgomery finished out her collegiate softball career at SIUE where she became one of the most successful pitchers in the school's history. She hurled 42 shutouts and finished with a career record of 84-26.

As a senior, Montgomery tallied a record of 30-8 with a 0.64 earned run average. In her senior year, she was named a Central Region All-American and voted Most Valuable Player. Montgomery had held the school records for most career wins and most career strikeouts. She has earned numerous accolades for her playing career, including induction into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association’s Hall of Fame as well as induction in 2006 to the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame.

Montgomery graduated from SIUE with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1986. In 1988, she earned her master's degree in physical education from SIUE.

 

 

Montgomery's Accomplishments at SIUE

  • National Champions - 2007
  • NCAA-I Tournament Appearances - 2014
  • Great Lakes Regional Champions - 2006, 2007
  • NCAA-II Tournament Appearances - 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Conference Titles - 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014
  • OVC Regular Season Titles - 2015  
  • National Coaching Staff of the Year - 2007
  • Regional Coaching Staff of the Year - 2003, 2006, 2007
  • Conference Coach of the Year - 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2015 
  • 11 All-Americans since 1989
  • 57 All-Region players since 1989
  • 77 All-Conference players since 1995
  • 50-win seasons - 2002, 2006
  • 40-win seasons - 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2017
  • 30-win seasons - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2013, 2014
  • 14 straight 30-win seasons - 1996-2009

Montgomery's record at SIUE

Year Record
1989 35-24-1
1990 34-13
1991 35-16*
1992 22-21*
1993 23-24
1994 18-25-1
1995 24-19
1996 34-17 (12-6)
1997 39-13 (21-0)
1998 33-23 (19-5)
1999 33-17 (13-3)
2000 39-19 (16-6)
2001 41-17 (17-5)
2002 51-12 (17-2)
2003 44-11 (17-3)
2004 35-19 (15-5)
2005 41-15 (15-3)
2006 52-11 (16-4)
2007 49-8 (19-5) #
2008 49-11 (19-5)
2009 40-10
2010 27-24
2011 28-30 (19-11)
2012 23-29 (13-16)
2013 35-13 (17-5)
2014 30-23 (19-5)
2015 43-16 (20-6)
2016 28-26 (15-11)
2017 41-13 (13-5)

*SIUE was issued two forfeits in each season.
Conference record in parentheses
#National Champions