Whether it is the quality of academic programming, the beauty of our campus and setting, or the unparalleled value we afford students and families, Flagler College has been recognized as among the best in the nation.
Kristen Overton begins her sixth season at the helm of the Flagler College softball program.
She became the first fast-pitch softball coach in January 2008. In her first season, she guided the Saints to an 18-31 overall record. In 2010 she guided the team to its first winning season (28-24) and a Peach Belt Conference Tournament berth. In 2011, the club won a record 42 games and made its first appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
In 2012, the program made one more giant leap as it advanced all the way to the national championships for the first time. After winning the Super Regional at North Georgia, Flagler made its first appearance in the softball national championships, held at Louisville, Ky., where it posted an 0-2 record. The coaching staff was selected as the Southeast Region Staff of the Year.
In 2013, the team posted a 32-17 overall record and went 13-9 in conference play. Four players earned al-conference honors and four went on to earn Daktronics All-Region. Lauren Bessent
Under Overton, the Saints have produced 17 all-conference and three all-Independent selections as well as seven NFCA all-region honorees.
Overton guided the Saints through their first season in the Peach Belt with a 10-10 record. Flagler also won its first game against a ranked opponent when it defeated No. 15 Nova Southeastern 2-0 on Feb. 20. The Saints won four games against nationally ranked competition. Outfielder Brittney Hatem was named all-region and she and Kelly Riddick were selected to the all-conference second-team.
Overton came to Flagler after serving as an assistant coach at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., since July of 2006. She served under Head Coach Lesa Boneé in 2007 as the Sharks finished with a 33-30 overall record and a 10-14 mark in the Sunshine State Conference.
Prior to working at Nova Southeastern, Overton served as an assistant coach at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla. She spent two seasons at IRCC working with outfielders and catchers. In her first season (2005), Overton helped coach The River to a NJCAA national runner-up finish and in 2006 IRCC posted a 61-14 record.
Overton graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2004. She also lettered in softball as an outfielder and catcher for Head Coach Sonya Wilmoth all four years. The Ospreys posted a record of 169-46 (.786) during Overton’s four years as a player, including two Peach Belt Conference titles and four NCAA regional appearances. As a junior, she was selected to the NCAA All-South Atlantic Regional team. Overton also captained the Ospreys as a senior. Not only was she a great athlete, Overton excelled in the classroom. She was selected to the Peach Belt Conference’s Presidential Honor Roll all four years for her excellence in academics.
The former Kristen Atkinson was married in November of 2008 to Jim Overton. The couple reside in St. Augustine, with their son, Nolan, and daughter, Kira.