Caitlynn Dykes has been named the seventh head softball coach for the University of Dallas. She completed her first season with the Crusaders in 2018-19 and led the team to an 8-33 record. Despite winning three one-run games, the Crusaders lost 14 games by three runs or less.
Dykes helped Dallas snap a six-game losing streak in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Tournament games dating to 2016. The Crusaders rallied back with a run in the fifth through seventh innings in an elimination game against Schreiner University, which they won 7-2 to get past the fourth seed. Sixth-seeded Dallas dropped its other tournament games by a run to three-seeded Centenary College.
Under Dykes tutelage, Julie Duenas captured All-SCAC Second Team, United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), and smacked 53 hits for the second highest total in a season. Caitlyn Stevenson garnered honorable mention for the All-SCAC teams.
Dykes spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Susquehanna University. The River Hawks posted a combined 56-32 overall record. This included the team notching 19 wins and five losses during conference play against teams in the Landmark. She was part of a staff that helped guide Susquehanna to a 2017 Landmark Championship and 10-2 mark in league play that season.
In 2018, the River Hawks were a Landmark Conference Semi-Finalist.
Dykes is familiar with the SCAC, having played four years with Trinity University from 2012-15. In 2016, she remained with the Tigers as a Student Assistant Coach as she completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Management concentration.
Dykes garnered numerous postseason achievements at the national and conference level while she caught with Trinity. In 2012, she charged onto the collegiate scene with SCAC Newcomer and Player of the Year awards. Dykes was named to the All-West Region Team in 2012, 2014, and 2015 as a catcher. She was a four-time All-SCAC Team Selection, highlighted by All-SCAC First Team as a catcher in 2014 and Second-Team in 2015. She qualified all four years on the SCAC All-Tournament Team.
Dykes holds the Trinity record in home runs (15) and single-season RBIs (42). She batted a career batting of .377. During her time at Trinity, Dykes was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Dykes was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mary Nutter Scholarship Recipient in September, 2017.
Kassie James joined the Crusaders' softball staff as a graduate assistant in 2019. She is studying her Master of Leadership Studies at the University of Dallas.
She arrives from NCAA Divison I Houston Baptist University in 2017 and '18. She started both seasons at third base for the Huskies and captured All-SLC Honorable Mention at that position both years. Her 2017 campaign, she led the team with a .310 batting average.
December 2017, James graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.
James played for the NJCAA Division I Angelina College Roadrunners in 2014 and '15. A starting 3B both seasons, James led the Roadrunners to the 2014 NJCAA National Championship. James was a two-time NFCA All-American. Her work in the classroom with 2014 Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-American. She added NJCAA All-Region All-Conference and All-Region in 2015, as well as being named 2015 Marucci Elite Hitter.