Florida Southern College softball head coach Chris Bellotto has announced the addition of Monica "Mo" Triner to the coaching staff for the 2020 season. Triner comes to Florida Southern following nearly ten years of service to her alma mater, the University of South Florida. Most recently she has been providing private lessons in the Tampa Bay area.
"I am pleased to announce that Mo Triner has joined our softball staff," said Bellotto. "Mo brings years of Division I experience coaching, besides being a D-I all-American pitcher at the University of South Florida. Her experience working with pitchers along with her overall grasp of all phases of the game will be terrific for our program and we are grateful she is with us."
Triner spent most of the 2000's as an assistant on Ken Eriksen's staff at USF. She began as a volunteer assistant in 2003 and was hired as a full-time assistant coach in 2006. While at USF, Triner gained valuable experience learning from one of the best in the world, Eriksen, current U.S. Olympic Softball team head coach. Her responsibilities included working with the pitching staff, the infield, and the team's hitters, while assisting in recruiting. During the 2004 season, she worked with the pitching staff while Eriksen was fulfilling his obligations guiding the US Olympic Team to gold.
During her tenure at USF, Bulls teams went 559-267, with eight NCAA regional appearances including a berth to the super regional in 2006 and a WCWS appearance six years later in 2012.
"I am really excited to join the staff here at Florida Southern," said Triner. "Coach B has built a wonderful tradition here and I want to make sure I help assist her in keeping that up. The team is very talented and can't I wait to get out on the field and start practicing."
In 2004, Triner played her final professional season for the Arizona Heat of the Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL).
Prior to her return to South Florida, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 2001-2003. While in the dugout for the Hokies her teams posted a 1.23 ERA, good for second in the BIG EAST and 18th-best in the country. Her pitching staff also tossed six no-hitters. Under her tutelage, Hokie pitcher Ashlee Dobbe either set or broke nearly every pitching record at Virginia Tech, including wins, saves and strikeouts.
After graduating from South Florida in 1999, Triner was the second overall pick in the 1999 WPSL Draft by the Tampa Bay FireStix. She spent two years playing professionally for the FireStix (1999-2000). In 1999, the team won the WPSL championship as she went 10-7 with 1.74 ERA in the circle that season.
As a student-athlete at USF, Triner was a two-time All-American, a three-time all-Region selection and holds a plethora of top-10 records. She finished with a 92-33 record and a school-record of 37 shutouts. Triner was named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team twice in 1997 and 1998. She holds top-10 career records in batting average (2nd - .390), hits (2nd - 260), total bases (2nd - 387), slugging percentage (3rd - .572), RBI (3rd - 158), doubles (3rd - 52) sacrifice flies (9th - nine), and assists (9th - 382). She leads the program in walks (141) and on-base percentage (.508). As great as she was at the plate, she shined in the circle. Triner holds the all-time record for shutouts (37) and also shares the top spot with 109 games started. Her name sat at the top of nearly every pitching category until 2014. She is second in victories (92), innings pitched (788.0), strikeouts (641), and appearances (154). Triner holds numerous single-season records as she is second all-time with a .411 batting average (1998) and tied for eighth with a .399 batting average (1997) and is tied for fifth all-time with 16 doubles in both the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
In 2003, Triner was inducted to the USF Softball Hall of Fame, and in 2011 became the first softball player to be inducted into the USF Hall of Fame.