"I have been watching Lisa Carey throughout her career and knew she was a perfect fit to take over our hitters," Wright said. "She will have a huge influence not only on the fundamentals, but with approach and having a plan at the plate."
Sarah Calta and Skylynne Ellazar had career years during Carey's first year with the Terps. Calta earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors by batting .408 in Big Ten play. Against NCAA Tournament teams Ohio State and Nebraska, the junior hit .632 with two triples and five RBIs. Ellazar hit .399 on the season, which stands as the third best single season average in school history.
Carey served as the head coach of Washburn University’s softball program for nine seasons from 2002-11. She became the Lady Blues’ all-time victories leader after posting 256 wins. Under Carey’s tutelage, 55 student-athletes were named all-MIAA, seven earned all-regional team honors and 57 were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. She also coached the 2007 MIAA Freshman of the Year and the 2009 Most Valuable Player. In 2009, Carey was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Most recently, Carey held coaching positions at Oklahoma and Comanche High School.
A 2001 graduate of Oklahoma, Carey was a three-time All-American and four-year starter at shortstop for the Sooners. She led the program to the 2000 NCAA Championship with a two-run homer in the championship game, and also helped Oklahoma to three Big 12 Championships. Carey graduated with a degree in health and sport sciences.