Meet the Stuedemans. Good Sports at Silverock Cove.
You may have already had the pleasure of meeting Silverock residents Roseanne and Vince Stuedeman. But have you met their two daughters, Les and Vann? If not, a quick google on these girls will floor most sports fans. Les and Vann both grew up amazing Southeastern softball with their athletic abilities. Today they’re simultaneously taking the Southern softball coaching world by storm.
In 1995 Les became the first softball coach at the University of Huntsville. During her notable career, she has certainly made her mark in the South Region. With more than 800 games under her belt, she has led the Chargers to an averaged 45-plus wins per season. She has taken 11 teams to the NCAA Regional playoffs, including the 1999 and 2001 teams who won the South Region Championship and advanced to the Softball World Series. In 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001, Les and her staff were named South Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Within the past month, Les completed the season with a record of 54-6, landing an impressive second place at the Division II National Championship.
The Roseanne and Vince’s younger daughter, Vann, serves as the pitching coach at the University of Alabama. Her team recently finished the season in second place at the Women’s College World Series. Bama’s head coach Patrick Murphy attributes the team’s years of success to Vann’s hard work and talented contributions. He told Rolltide.com, “Vann has been a huge part of our success on the mound the past several years. I don’t think a school in the country besides Alabama can say they have had seven 20-game winners the past four years. Our philosophy has always been to have a good “pitching staff” and Vann has accomplished that with great pitching performances by several young ladies. I think a key indicator of a good coach is the improvement of the athletes over their careers. Our pitchers have always gotten better.”
Les and Vann attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery where they both earned several athletic honors including All-America.