Tarrah Beyster enters her fifth season as the head coach of the University of Toledo softball team. The Rockets have compiled an overall record of 55-156 under Beyster, including a 23-64 mark in the MAC.
In her four years at UT, Beyster has turned the Rockets into an offensive machine, breaking school records in almost all of the major offensive categories. She has also coached two players to First Team All-MAC honors, four players were named Second Team All-MAC, and four were awarded an Academic All-MAC distinction.
Beyster has led the Rockets to consecutive MAC Tournament appearances (2011-12), the program's first tournament appearances since 1996.
Last season, the Rockets set records for most RBI (202) and slugging percentage (.397), and recorded the second highest batting average (.285) in program history. The team scored 227 runs, which ranks third on the all-time list (240, 1991).
In her first year at UT, Beyster led the team into the Toledo record books, recording the second-most RBI in a season with 197 and hitting 29 home runs, which was one shy of a school record (30, 2005). The squad's slugging percentage of .372 puts the 2010-11 team third all time in that category in UT history.
Beyster, an All-American at Oregon State University from 1997-2000, joined the Rockets after spending the 2009 season as the head coach at the University of Vermont. She also has experience as an assistant coach at Bradley University and Indiana University. Vermont set several program records while Beyster was at the helm, including most games played in a single season (46) and single-game highs for runs scored, hits, doubles and total bases. Two freshmen were named to the America East All-Rookie Team after the season.
During her collegiate career, Beyster set 24 school records and, in 2002, became the first OSU softball player to have her jersey number retired. She was named the Oregon State University Female Athlete of the Year four times and was named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Oregon in 2001. She helped lead the Beavers to their first two NCAA Regional Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000
Beyster finished her career at Oregon State with a .382 batting average, 52 home runs, 143 RBI, 91 wins and 694 strikeouts. In addition to her on-field success, she had a 3.57 GPA while studying psychology and was named a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1999 and a first-team Pacific-10 All-Academic selection three times.
After completing her playing days, Beyster served as an assistant pitching coach at Oregon State for a season and became the head softball coach at West Albany High School in Albany, OR. She also conducted private lessons throughout both Oregon and Washington.
From 2003-05, Beyster worked as an assistant coach at Bradley, where she was responsible for the pitchers and catchers as well as recruiting. She then moved on to Indiana, where she worked as both the pitching and catching coach while also assisting with the hitters and overseeing recruiting for three seasons before taking the head position at Vermont.
Beyster played several seasons in the National Pro Fastpitch League. She played with the Arizona Heat (2004), where she tied for the league lead in home runs; the Nebraska Comets (2005), leading the team in batting average, home runs and RBI, while pacing the team in wins, ERA and strikeouts on the mound; and with the New England Riptide (2006-07), where she led the team in home runs and RBI. She also was selected as an All-Star player for the 2003 NPF Tour.
COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE
2010-present - Head Coach, University of Toledo
2009 - Head Coach, University of Vermont
2005-08 - Assistant Coach, Indiana University
2003-05 - Assistant Coach, Bradley University
2001 - Assistant Coach, Oregon State University
OTHER COACHING EXPERIENCE
2002-03 - Head Coach, West Albany High School (Albany, OR)
2001-03 - Private Instructor (Oregon and Washington)
COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE AND ACCOLADES
1997 - Third Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-10, First Team All-Pacific Region
1998 - Second Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-10, First Team All-Pacific Region
1999 - Second Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-10, Second Team All-Pacific Region, All-NCAA Regional Team
2000 - First Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-10, Second Team All-Pacific Region, All-NCAA Regional Team
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING EXPERIENCE
2003 - National Pro Fastpitch All-Star Team
2004 - Arizona Heat (NPF): Led team and tied for league lead in home runs
2005 - Nebraska Comets (NPF): Led team in batting average, home runs, RBI, wins, ERA and strikeouts
2006-07 - New England Riptide (NPF): Led team in home runs and RBI (2006)