The Bellevue College softball program is coming off a strong 2017 season where the Bulldogs posted a 35-15 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the NWAC Championships – where they bounced back to win four straight after dropping the opener.

Payton Gibbs
Payton Gibbs

The Bulldogs posted a 21-11 region record to finish third in the Northern Region and earn their 13th straight NWAC Championship berth. The softball program won Northern Region titles in 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005 (the first region title in school history) and placed second in 2015, 2014, 2010 and 2007.

During our first 13 years coaching this program, we have posted a record of 466-130 (a .782 winning percentage) and have had a number of all-league players, including three first-team and two second-team selections in 2017.

Sophomore pitcher Payton Gibbs was named Northern Region MVP last season. Gibbs and infielder Cierra Barkis were named to the NFCA Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) All-America team.

We have also had a number of NWAACC All-Americans; Rachel Delamare in 2016, Autumn Isaacson in 2013, Autumn Isaacson and Haylee Baker in 2012, Tobey Varney, Kristen Allen and Rogin Hardy were winners of the award in 2011, Tobey Varney won the award in 2011 and 2010, Erica Addison, Dawn Norcross and Korri Heidemann were winners of the award in 2008 and Caitlin Storkson won the award in both 2006 and 2005.

We are very excited about the future of the program and with a great group of returners and newcomers, look forward to building on last season’s success!

Our goal as a staff is to provide our players – the softball student athletes at Bellevue – with a college experience that offers them the support and knowledge to help them become better students, better athletes and better citizens; to provides them the support and knowledge to make the transition from high school to a four-year college or university as well as to provide them with a top-notch program that they can participate at for two years. To learn from each other, to work hard, and to enjoy the entire experience! We are dedicated to keeping Bellevue one of elite community college softball programs in the Pacific Northwest and we believe we have the ambition, desire, background and knowledge to make this happen!

We are very excited to have a chance to work with quality student-athletes at Bellevue College and are dedicated to providing them with a fundamental background that will help make them successful at this level and the next! We expect our athletes to give 100% at all times in the classroom and on the ballfield and we are committed to giving them the support to help make them successful. Above all we will strive to make this an experience that our players will enjoy and have fun with!
Leah Francis – Head Softball Coach
Danielle Orvella – Assistant Softball Coach
Sarah Hyatt – Assistant Softball Coach

If you have any questions about the softball program at Bellevue College, please do not hesitate to contact Leah Francis, Head Softball Coach at


Last Updated May 20, 2018