Softball Coaching Staff
Coach Francis is celebrating her tenth year as Head Softball Coach at Bellevue College (formerly Bellevue Community College). During her first nine seasons as Head Coach, Leah led her team to nine straight NWAACC Championship Tournament appearances, including three straight 4th place finishes (one of only two teams to earn a trophy at the Championships the last three years), division titles in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005 (the first region title in school history) and a second place finish in 2010 and 2007. Each year at the helm, Coach Francis’s teams posted impressive records and over the nine years her teams are a combined 331--78 (a .809 winning percentage). During the 2013 season, Bellevue spent the entire year ranked in the poll. Coach Francis and the Bellevue staff won the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2005 North Region Coach of the Year Honors as well as being voted the 2005 NWAACC NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year – an honor bestowed on the top coaching staffs in the nation.
During her first nine years Coach Francis has led a number of all-league players including having seven first team and three second team selections in 2013, including the North Region Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year.
Leah also coached the only NWAACC All-Americans in Bellevue history; Autumn Isaacson in 2013, Isaacson and Haylee Baker in 2012, Tobey Varney, Kristen Allen and Rogin Hardy in 2011, Varney, winner in 2010, Erica Addison, Dawn Norcross and Korri Heidemann winners of the award in 2008 and Caitlin Storkson, who won the award in both 2006 and 2005. Coach Francis is geared up for her 10th season at Bellevue and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
Prior to coming to Bellevue, Coach Francis was the head coach at Sedro-Woolley High School where she guided her team to a 28-1-1 record including league and district championships and a 3rd place finish at the 3A State Championships. Four players from her roster that year went on to earn softball scholarships at Division 1 programs.
Prior to coaching at Sedro-Woolley, Coach Francis was the head softball coach for the Washington Sidewinders and the Washington Ladyhawks; two elite summer ball programs in the state. Coach Francis began her coaching career at Seattle University, where she was the assistant softball coach from 1999-2002 and coached a number of all-league players.
Coach Francis attended the University of Washington where she played on the softball team from 1995-1999 and was a member of the 1996 Pac-10 Championship team and the 1996 national runner-up team. Leah also competed in the College World Series in 1997 and 1998, where her team placed 3rd both years. As a senior, Leah was the captain of her team and as a sophomore, junior and senior, was on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.
Coach Francis earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Washington and a masters degree in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Seattle Pacific University. A Washington Native, Coach Francis attended North Mason High School in Belfair, Washington and was a 4-sport standout athlete in soccer, basketball, softball and track and a 2-time state champion in the javelin. In 2004, Coach Francis was inducted into the Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame for her success in high school and college.
Along with her duties at Bellevue, Coach Francis also works as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, who oversee high school sports in the state. She has been with the WIAA for 12 years.
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Coach Granger returns to her alma matter to help coach the Bellevue squad. Miranda brings a great deal of experience and energy with her and will help in all aspects of the game with her primary duties being the outfield coach. A team leader as a player, Miranda’s understanding of the BCsoftball program will provide a tremendous benefit in her transition onto the BC softball staff.
Prior to coming to BC as a coach, Miranda was a member of the BC softball program in 2013 and 2012 (redshirt). As a player, Miranda was an all-league starting center-fielder for the Bulldogs and played an integral part of the softball team that won the North Region Title in 2013 and finished 4th at the NWAACC Championships.
Prior to Bellevue, Miranda was the Head Coach for the Bellevue Blast 14u select team and has been a clinician at a variety of camps and clinics.
Coach Granger graduated from Glacier Peak High School in 2010 where she was a standout 3-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. In addition, she played for the Blaze travel team during high school.
A seven year assistant softball coach at Bellevue College, Coach Hyatt came to Bellevue after playing for four years at the University of Washington. Sarah will assist in all other aspects of the game. During her first 6 seasons, Coach Hyatt helped guide Bellevue to first place North Region finishes in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008. She also helped guide the program to NWAACC appearances during each of her first six years at Bellevue.
A graduate of the University of Washington Softball program (2003-2006), Sarah was the starting first baseman and one of the most prolific power hitters in school history. Coach Hyatt helped guide her team to Regional appearances all four years as well as Super Regional appearances in 2005 and 2006. Sarah participated in two Women's College World Series in 2003 and 2004 in which the Huskies placed 5th and 7th in the nation respectively. Sarah finished her career ranked 4th all time on the UW career list in homeruns and 7th all time in RBI’s. Coach Hyatt received four All-Pac-10 awards and 2 All-Region awards during her career. While an athlete at UW, Coach Hyatt also participated as a camp counselor and clinician.
A tremendous player in both high school and summer ball, Sarah played for Eve Gaw and the Washington LadyHawks, one of the premier summer ball teams in the nation. At Sedro-Woolley High School, Sarah, helping guide her team to 4 straight league titles and a 3rd place finish at the state tournament her senior year; earning all-conference honors all four years and Skagit Valley Female Athlete of the Year honors her senior season.
Coach Hyatt received her Economics degree from the University of Washington and studied accounting at Central Washington University. Sarah is currently working in accounting for the Dana F. Besecker Company.
Coach Whittemore joins the BC softball staff for her fourth season. Whitney will help coach all aspects of the game at BC, with the focus on infield and hitting. During her time at Bellevue, Coach Whittemore has helped lead the team to North Region titles in 2013, 2012 and 2011 and NWAAC Championship 4th place finishes each year.
Prior to coming to BC as a coach, Whitney was a member of the BC softball program in 2007 and 2008. During her time at BC, Whitney was a two-year starting second baseman and a first team all-league selection in 2008. Whitney played an integral part of the softball team that placed second in the league in 2007 and played a major role in helping the team win the division with a school best 42-6 record in 2008. After BC, Whitney went on to earn a scholarship at Montana-State Billings, where she was a two-year starter at shortstop and named the GNAC Newcomer of the Year in 2009. Whitney’s success at BC and MSU-Billings and her understanding of the BC softball program will provide a tremendous benefit in her transition onto the BC softball staff.
Coach Whittemore graduated from Emerald Ridge High School in 2007 and played for BAM and the Diamond Dusters in summer ball. Along with coaching, Whitney is currently interning as her last phase to finishing her undergrad degree in Criminal Justice from MSU-Billings.