Mike Lingle enters his first season as the Head Softball coach after eight seasons as an assistant softball coach and recruiting coordinator for the College of Central Florida softball team.
Last season, Lingle helped lead the Lady Patriots to its third Mid-Florida Conference title in five years and helped develop the state's leading offense for yet another year. CF ranked Top 10 in the NJCAA for eight consecutive weeks, while ranking Top 3 in the state for nine weeks straight.
The Lady Patriots led the state in most home runs (67- Top 15 in NJCAA), runs scored (503), RBI (461), and slugging percentage (.582). Lingle also helped lead the offense to No. 2 finishes in FCSAA, Top 20 in NJCAA, in team batting average (.374) and on-base percentage (.450). Karli Woolington led the state in batting average (.471), while Takiya London finished No. 2 in FCSAA, Top 15 in NJCAA, in home runs (19), and No. 2 in the state in runs batted in (69).
Lingle saw 11 Lady Patriot players named to MFC All-Conference teams, while six garnered all-state accolades.
In 2017, Lingle recruited and helped develop one of the most dominant offenses in the state and nation that led to Top 10 national rankings for eight consecutive weeks. At the plate, CF's offense finished No. 1 in the state, Top 20 in the nation for most home runs hit (60), most runs scored (471), and most runs batted in (422). Fagan's team finished second in the state in team batting average (.373). Sophomore infielder Destinee Lizzmore led the state in total home runs (17) and RBIs (74), while shortstop Caeley Nix finished with the third-highest batting average in the state (.470).
Eight players received Mid-Florida Conference All-Conference honors, while former FCSAA Player of the Year Brooke Barlow received all-state honors.
In 2016, Lingle helped lead the CF Softball team to back-to-back Mid-Florida Conference titles, while garnering FCSAA and NJCAA No. 1 rankings for six or more weeks. He was instrumental in the recruiting and development of freshmen NJCAA All-Americans Brooke Barlow and Kelsee Cullop. Barlow, FCSAA and MFC Player of the Year, led the state and nation for most runs batted in (107), becoming just the third player in Region 8 history to drive in 100 or more runs in a single season. Cullop finished No. 2 in the state for overall batting average (.476) and runs scored (93). On the season, the CF offense led the state in batting average (.403), home runs (89), and most runs scored (609), while finishing top 3 in the nation in home runs and runs scored.
In 2015, Lingle helped lead the Lady Patriots to its first-ever MFC title and NJCAA No. 1 ranking which spanned seven weeks. He helped surpass the program's winningest record (set last year) by finishing 53-9 (20-4 in conference). Lingle was an integral part of CF's offensive dominance, as well as the development of freshman All-American Mariah Wise. Over the season, CF Softball led the state in runs scored (407) and home runs hit (52), while finishing Top 5 in FCSAA in batting average.
In 2014, Lingle helped lead the Lady Patriots to a NJCAA No. 2 overall finish, falling to Angelina College in the NJCAA National Championship game. The CF Softball team experienced its best-ever, overall record finishing 48-15 (18-6 conf.) on the season. They also took down NJCAA No. 1 teams Indian River State College and Arizona Western College en route to their national runner-up finish. Lingle was part a part of a coaching staff the received South Regional Softball Coaching Staff of the Year honors as a result of their great success in 2013.
In 2012, he helped the program go from 14 wins in a season (2011) to 36 wins. During this time, his recruiting efforts have made CF a common name seen in the JUCO state polls.
Lingle is a graduate of CF and played baseball for the Patriots under the guidance of current CF coach Marty Smith. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from St. Leo University. From there, Lingle has been a part of the Marion County Public Education System for the past 15 years as a teacher at Osceola Middle School.
Prior to coming to CF, Lingle established Ocala Forest High as a perennial softball contender. He lead the Wildcats to six straight postseason berths, collected 131 wins and sent dozens of players on to the collegiate level. While at Forest, Lingle had 17 players earn all-state honors. Aside from coaching at Forest High, Lingle has also spent some time in the travel ball circuit coaching Ocala Gold, where he sent over 30 girls on to colleges, while collecting two state titles, a World Series Championship, and numerous tournament titles.
Aside from coaching and teaching, Coach Lingle enjoys spending time with his wife Laurel and his daughters Lindie and Mahri. Lingle is also an active member of Meadowbrook Church.