COACHING STAFF

Head Coach Mandy Sansbury

Mandy Sansbury was named head softball coach at the University of Mount Olive in June 2014. The 2019 season marks Sanbury's fifth season as the Trojans head coach.

Mount Olive's 2018 season ended in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas softball championship after the No. 7 Trojans defeated the second and third-seeded teams in the double-elimination tournament. UMO tallied a 24-28 overall mark while going 9-11 against conference foes and placed three student-athletes, Kalya Allen, Anna Ingram, and Eileen Barrera, on the all-conference teams. Sansbury's squad also shined on the academic side as six Trojans landed on the Academic All-Conference Team.

Sansbury's squad went 25-29 during the 2017 season while collecting a 13-9 record against Conference Carolinas opponents. Anna Ingram was the lone representative of the Trojans on the all-conference team while five student-athletes, including Ingram, made the Academic All-Conference Team.

The 2016 campaign proved successful again for Sansbury, as the Trojans advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals. With a record of 33-20 overall and 16-6 in the conference, UMO achieved its second-straight winning season under Sansbury and its best record since the 2013 season.

In her first season at the helm, the Trojans finished the 2015 season with a 29-20 overall record and 13-5 in the conference. 

Sansbury spent the previous eight years coaching at the Division II level, the last three years serving as head softball coach at Glenville State (W. Va.). During her tenure at Glenville State, her team set single-season records for winning percentage and home runs. Glenville State softball student-athletes compiled 12 all-conference selections during Sansbury's three years.

Her teams at Glenville State also excelled in the classroom, compiling a team grade point average above 3.00 each year. The softball team had the highest team GPA in the Glenville State athletics department in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 academic years. Sansbury spent the previous five years as an assistant softball coach at the University of West Georgia.

In addition to coaching at the Division II level, she played softball collegiately at NCAA Division II members Ashland (Ohio) and West Virginia Wesleyan. She was an all-region and all-conference catcher at Ashland and an all-conference selection at West Virginia Virginia Wesleyan, where she earned her undergraduate degree. A physical education major, Sansbury was also a three-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete.

Sansbury went on to earn her master's in physical education at West Georgia and her post-master's certification in sport psychology at California University of Pennsylvania.

Assistant Coach Holley Garcia

Holley Garcia joins the University of Mount Olive as assistant women's softball coach in August 2017. Garcia enters her second season with the Trojans as an assistant coach in the 2018-19 season.
 
Mount Olive's 2018 season ended in the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas softball championship after the No. 7 Trojans defeated the second and third-seeded teams in the double-elimination tournament. UMO tallied a 24-28 overall mark while going 9-11 against conference foes and placed three student-athletes, Kalya Allen, Anna Ingram, and Eileen Barrera, on the all-conference teams. The squad also shined on the academic side as six Trojans landed on the Academic All-Conference Team.
 
Garcia comes to Mount Olive after serving as the assistant coach at Southern Utah University from 2014-17. Prior to her time at Southern Utah, Holley spent two years at Texas Tech as a graduate assistant and volunteer coach.
 
Holley helped the Thunderbirds qualified for the Big Sky Conference Tournament all three years while she was an assistant at Southern Utah University.
 
As a student-athlete at Texas Tech, Garcia, formerly Gentsch, was the primary catcher for the Red Raiders from 2009-12. She appeared in 202 games, ranking her 10th in Texas Tech school history and 2nd among catchers.
 
Garcia was one of the top defensive catchers in the nation with a .990 fielding percentage throughout her whole career. In batting, she collected 76 RBI’s over four seasons which ranks 12th all-time in Texas Tech school history. She and her team made three NCAA Regional appearances from 2010-12.
 
Academically, Garcia was a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, a three-time Academic All Big-12 first team honoree, part of the 2010 Big 12 All-Tournament Team and earned the Big 12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship in 2012.
 
Garcia earned her Bachelor of Arts (’12) and a Master of Arts (’14) in Sociology from Texas Tech. She is married to Blake Garcia, a member of the United States Marine Corps, and the couple has two cats, Lady Pounce and Miss Whiz.