The Messiah College softball coaching staff, led by Dillsburg resident Amy Weaver, has been named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III East Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Weaver, the head coach, led Messiah to a 39-7 record and the program's fourth appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championships, capturing the Ithaca Regional Championship before competing in the eight-team, double-elimination title event in Salem, Va.

Assistants Alex Quigley, Sam McLoota, Jen Thuma and Dana Randall helped the program to its fifth appearance in NCAA postseason play under Weaver (and seventh overall), bringing the Falcons' record to 120-20 over the last three years.

"It's an honor to be named the East Region Coaching Staff of the Year," Weaver said on the school's website. "The best part about the award is that it is a true coaching staff award. Our assistant coaches are an enormous part of our program in every way imaginable. They're as responsible for our success as anyone. It's just a great award in that it honors all of our coaches. The time they put in and the work they do really is incredible."

The regional coaching staff of the year honor was the third in Weaver's tenure, joining 2009 and 1999. In the former, Weaver and company earned the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year honor after leading the program to its first NCAA Division III National Championship.