ORLANDO – The UCF softball team has announced the addition of Becca Mueller to its coaching staff as an assistant coach and the program’s recruiting coordinator ahead of the spring 2024 season.
Mueller joins the Knights coaching staff on the heels of three seasons with the California Golden Bears, working primarily with the team’s offense as the Golden Bears’ hitting coach. With her assistance, Cal compiled an 80-68-2 aggregate record throughout the past three seasons, including a 35-21-1 mark and a berth in the NCAA Norman Regional in 2023.
“I just think that what Bear [head coach Cindy Ball-Malone] is doing here is really amazing, and I’ve loved watching the growth of UCF over the years,” Mueller said. “Talking to Bear and the way she’s going with the team and the culture she’s creating, obviously it’s a winning program, but I just love the culture that she brings and the standard that she wants to set for the girls every single day.”
Mueller’s Golden Bears offense produced a .294 team average that ranked 54th in the nation this season, and the squad also hit 81 doubles in its 57 games, a mark that ranked second-most in the Pac-12 and 24th in the country, in addition to setting the program’s single-season doubles record.
The team’s .498 slugging percentage ranked third-best in the Pac-12, as well as 24th nationally, and the Golden Bears’ 5.42 runs per game also represented the 38th-best mark in Division I softball.
“You can expect an offense that is well-rounded,” Mueller said of her philosophy. “In this day and age when you bring in a hitting coach, they think of the bombs, it’s just ‘home runs and die,’ which is not really how I am. I like when people are fast and they can drop bunts, but also when they can hit it over the fence. Last year at Cal, we set the doubles record, which I loved because we weren’t ‘home runs and die,’ but we were also second in home runs in school history. We had a really well-rounded offense.”
Prior to joining Cal, she served as an assistant coach at Ball State during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 campaign, overseeing a Cardinals offense that led the MAC and ranked 54th in the country with a .304 team batting average.