Donald Pickett Interview

Logan Falgout talks with Lady Demon softball head coach Donald Pickett to talk about the season ahead and keys to coming out on top. He has five 30-win seasons and guided the Lady Demons to three Southland Conference titles (2013 and 2014 tournament championships and 2015 regular season title) and two NCAA Tournaments (2013 and 2014). The Lady Demons posted their fourth straight winning season under Pickett in 2021, the second time accomplishing the feat and matching the best such streak since Pickett took over the program. In 2019, NSU (30-27) won their most overall games, Southland Conference games (15) and league tournament games (two) since taking the regular season title in 2015. He had seven freshmen and sophomores start at least 20 games with three of his four pitchers being underclassmen or newcomers. NSU has made eight postseason trips in 12 seasons (not including 2020 where there was no postseason). In 2018, Pickett coached freshman Cayla Jones, who was selected to the NFCA All-Region First Team, only the third player in school history to earn that honor. Jones followed that with the All-Louisiana Freshman of the Year.