Shockers Softball Camps
Elizabeth Economon is entering her third season as an assistant coach for the Shocker softball program.
Under Economon’s guidance, the Shockers once again put up some of the top numbers on the offensive side in 2019. Wichita State led The American in slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored, RBI and home runs and finished second in batting average and doubles and third in hits.
In Economon’s first season with the program as the hitting coach, the Shocker squad dominated every batting category during American Athletic Conference play by leading the league in batting average, slugging percentage, RBI’s, doubles, home runs and total bases. She helped coach 2018 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Mackenzie Wright who individually led The American in batting average during league play.
Economon helped lead the Shockers to their second NCAA Regional appearance and to the first Regional Championship game in school history. Under her coaching the 2018 Shocker squad hit 59 home runs, the most in a single season in softball history.
After serving as the Head Coach for the Pittsburg State softball program from 2012-17, Economon led the Gorillas to a 42-19 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Central Regional in her final year. It was the first National Tournament appearance for the Gorillas since 1995.
She led the Gorillas to a 204-131 overall record in her six-year tenure and under her leadership the Gorillas won more than 28 games each season.
Four players earned All-America honors while 37 earned all-conference honors and 12 were named all-region during her tenure.
Economon began her coaching career as an assistant coach for Truman, her alma mater in Kirksville, Mo., from 2005-06. From there she spend time at New Mexico in 2006 and served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Lobos under Ty Singleton.
Following her time as a volunteer assistant, Economon took on head coaching duties at V. Sue Cleveland High School, a 5A school with over 1,500 students in Rio Rancho, N.M. In addition to her duties as head coach and physical education teacher, Economon established a club team out of Rio Rancho.
A native of St. Louis, Economon got a chance to return to the Midwest in 2010 when she was hired as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Economon specialized in hitting and defensive instruction on the field and was primarily responsible for practice planning, monitoring student-athletes academic progress and coordinating the Redhawks camps. She also taught classes in the exercise science department.
Economon played for Truman from 2001-04 and earned All-America honors at shortstop three seasons and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2002 and 2003.
Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in 2004 in exercise science from Truman and earned a master’s degree in 2007 in HHPR from Emporia State.
She and her wife Chelsea have a son Aidan.
Morgan Lashley will begin her first season on staff for the Shocker softball program in 2020 as the pitching coach.
Lashley comes to Wichita State to lead the Shocker pitching staff after a stellar playing career in the circle for Hofstra and Army and most recently completing her master’s degree in sports business management at the University of Alabama where she was a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide softball program.
Prior to joining the Alabama program, she was the head coach at Oyster Bay High School in Long Island, N.Y., for one season.
Her playing career began at the United States Military Academy (Army) where she was named the Patriot League Rookie and Pitcher of the Year as a freshman. As a sophomore, Lashley earned a spot on the NFCA All-Region Team and is the school’s career record holder in wins with 62, while also ranking second in innings pitched (621.2), winning percentage (.674) and strikeout (433).
Her freshman campaign saw her set single season records in wins (33), innings pitched (327), appearances (56) and strikeouts (237).
Lashley then transferred to Hofstra where she helped the Pride advance to an NCAA Regional in her final two seasons. She was a two-time NFCA Northeast All-Region selection and Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference honoree as a junior. In her final season, Lashley led the Pride to a 38-14-1 record and CAA Conference Championship.
A native of Davidson, N.C., Lashley attended North Mecklenburg High School.
Director of Operations
Laurie Derrico begins her first season on staff as the director of operations for the Wichita State softball program.
A Shocker standout at shortstop, Derrico was a four-year letterwinner and three-time All-Conference selection. She finished her career tied for the most home runs in school history (39).
A Sterling, Okla. native, Derrico was twice named to the American Athletic Conference First Team and the All-MVC Second Team in the program's final season of the Missouri Valley Conference. She started every game for the Shockers for the past three seasons and has her name on the career charts in several categories: slugging percentage (5th, .553), doubles (6th, 38), runs scored (T-6th, 136), RBI (2nd, 141), total bases (4th, 338) and assists (4th, 461).
Derrico received her bachelor's degree in exercise science in May 2019.
Presley Bell begins her first season as a graduate manager for the Shocker Softball program.
Bell was an American Athletic Conference Second Team selection during her senior campaign after posting a 13-4 record in the circle. The Liberty, Texas, native threw 115.1 innings to go with a 1.52 ERA. Her ERA ranked 25th nationally and second in The American.
She appeared in 86 career games for the Cougars during her four-year career and was also a four-time All-Academic Team member and two-time NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete.