NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)- Stephen F. Austin head softball coach Nicole Dickson has announced the hiring of Audrey Farfan and Keith Stein as assistant coaches to complete her coaching staff for the upcoming season.
Farfan worked under Dickson as an assistant coach at Tyler Junior College during the 2016 season. In just the second season of existence for the TJC softball program, Farfan helped the Apache Ladies compile a 60-6 overall record, win a conference championship and record a fifth place finish at the national tournament. The coaching staff was named the Region 14 Coaching Staff of the Year for the abundance of team accomplishments.
Prior to coaching at TJC, Farfan attended Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. She played softball there and earned her Bachelor’s of General Studies with an emphasis in education, social science and natural science in August 2015.
Originally a native of Rockwall, Texas, Farfan was named First Team All-Great American Conference at third base at SAU in 2013-2014. During her senior season, the Lady Muleriders finished with a record of 26-24 while Farfan posted a batting average of .358. She was named to the GAC All-Academic Team and SAU’s President’s List the same year.
Her junior season would be a record setting one for the Lady Muleriders as they finished 37-26 and set 31 new team/individual records. Farfan ranked in the top five on her team in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, RBI, doubles, total bases, sac bunts, sac flies and stolen base percentage. She also earned NFCA DII All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition, was named to the GAC 2013-14 All-Academic Team.
Before her time at SAU, Farfan attended Paris Junior College, in Paris, Texas, where she was a Second Team All-Region shortstop. She led the Lady Dragons to a Region 14 East Conference Title, a regional championship and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance, where they tied for ninth. The postseason berth marked the first NJCAA National Tournament appearance for a women’s program at Paris in school history.
As a freshman in 2012 she was named Second Team All-Conference as a catcher and earned the Vernon Carter Cup (MVP) for the Lady Dragons. Farfan batted .371 and caught 37 games on the year.
Stein comes to Nacogdoches while staying in the familiar Southland Conference. From November 2013 – June 2016 he was an assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He designed practice plans and individual instruction schedules, worked with the Islander outfielders and hitters/slappers, managed the travel budget and itineraries among other duties during his time in Corpus Christi.
Prior to working with the Islanders, Stein had volunteer softball coaching stints at Sam Houston State (2013), UTSA (2012-13) and Texas A&M (2010).
Stein enjoyed a successful baseball career, starting his collegiate days at Texas A&M. He was an Aggie from 2004-06 before transferring to Sam Houston State prior to the 2006-07 academic year. As a Bearkat, Stein was a First Team All-SLC pick in 2008, a second team selection in 2007 and was tabbed to the SLC All-Tournament Team in both 2007 and 2008. He set the SLC record for most hits in a season in 2007 and ended his career as Sam Houston’s career batting average leader with a career clip of .379.
After graduating from SHSU with a degree in kinesiology, Stein was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 29th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He was the first in his draft class to be promoted to a higher league in the farm system and was one of 40 players in the Tigers organization to be invited to play in the Fall Instructional League. Stein retired from pro baseball in 2009 after suffering a career-ending knee injury during 2009 Spring Training.