William Jewell-Softball

Dustin Combs

Head Coach

Dustin Combs enters his 14th season at William Jewell College in 2020 and has led the Cardinals to the conference tournament 10 times in the past 13 seasons.

Notable Dates
• 2006 | Named Head Softball Coach
• April 14, 2010 | 100th Career Win vs. Kansas Wesleyan (14-6)
• March 12, 2012 | First GLVC Sweep vs. UW-Parkside
• May 4, 2013 | 200th Career Win vs. Saint Joseph's (8-3)
• May 4, 2013 | First GLVC Tournament Win vs. Saint Joseph's (8-3)
• August 18, 2014 | Named NPF Coaching Staff of the Year
• March 18, 2017 | Defeated No. 10 Southern Indiana (7-6)
• March 25, 2017 | Defeated No. 10 Indianapolis (6-3)
• April 9, 2017 |  300th Career Win vs. Drury (5-1)
• April 22, 2018 | Swept No. 20 Indianapolis

Jewell Highlights
• Under the direction of  Combs the Jewell program has won 361 games averaging 28 wins per season.
• He has produced 39 All-Conference performers, including the 2009 Heart of America Freshman of the Year.
• In the classroom, the Cardinals have 12 Academic All-Americans and 53 Academic All-GLVC selections.
• Two players, Rachel Hayden and Faith Song, have been selected All-America, while 10 players have also been named to the NFCA All-Region Team.
• In 2019, senior Anna Biondo broke four school records and became the third pitcher under combs to toss a no-hitter (Southwest Baptist) following Rachel Hayden (Southwest-2014) and Amanda Storms (Drury-2012).
• In 2018 the Cardinals enjoyed the best start in nearly a decade opening the season 7-0 and winners of 11 of their first 14 games and saw three seniors broke career records for games played, starts, doubles, and total hits.
• In 2017 Combs led a team with ten freshman and 11 total newcomers to a fourth appearances at the GLVC Tournament after posting an overall record of 25-27 and 14-14 in league play while shortstop Emily Hoover set the new Jewell record for home runs by a freshman with 13.
•  In 2015, the Cardinals led the GLVC and set a program record with a .326 batting average, hits per game (9.31), doubles per game (1.57), and run's scored per game (5.96).
• 2013 marked the most successful season in program history with a record of 32-15 and 21-6 in the GLVC, which was good enough for second place in the West Division. The Cardinals set several program records during this season, including 53 home runs (1.12 per game), which ranked first in the GLVC and eighth in the nation.
• In 2011, the offense set new program records with 314 runs scored, 488 hits, 45 home runs, 291 RBI, .301 batting average, and a .962 fielding percentage while setting the new school record for wins with 38.
• The 2011 pitching staff led the Heart of America Conference in strikeouts with 437 which also ranked fourth in the nation to go along with an ERA with 1.84 and opponents batting avg. .217, both of which also ranked in the top twenty nationally.
• In 2009, first baseman Kristen Marshall that led the nation in fielding percentage (.998) of players with 400 plus chances.

Prior to Jewell
• Combs also served seven seasons as the Head Coach of the Glendale High School softball program in Springfield, Mo.
• The program compiled 108 wins, which was at the time the leader in wins for a softball coach in Springfield Public Schools history and the only coach to amass over 100 victories.
• In seven seasons the Glendale program won Class 4 District Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005 and made back-to-back State Quarterfinal appearances in 2001 and 2002.
• In three different seasons his teams earned Academic All-Conference and Missouri State High School Athletic Association Outstanding Scholastic Achievement.
• Combs served as the Glendale Assistant Baseball Coach for seven years and in the summer of 2003, was named the Glendale American Legion Head Varsity Baseball Coach.
• In 2004, Combs received recognition from the National High School Baseball Coaches Association as District No. 5 “Grounds Keeper of the Year,” and was a finalist for National Grounds Keeper of the Year through his work on the Glendale High School baseball field.

Playing Career
• He attended Northeastern A&M College in Miami, Okla., for two years while playing baseball for the Golden Norsemen

Personal
• A native of Commerce, Okla., Combs earned an undergraduate degree in physical education from Northeastern State and a master's in secondary administration from William Woods University.
• Combs spent three summers in Akron, Ohio serving as the assistant field manager of the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
• He is married to his wife Susan and the father of sons Cruze and Brecken.