Donna J. Papa Softball Camps
Head coach Donna Papa announced the hiring of Tony Baldwin as assistant coach for Carolina softball on Aug. 22, 2012. Baldwin joins the Tar Heels after spendingthe last two years at the University of Georgia, where he served as the volunteer assistant coach.
Baldwin's primary responsibilities at UNC will include developing the team's hitters and infielders, Papa said.
"I am pleased to announce the hiring of Tony Baldwin as our new assistant," Papa said. "Tony brings a wealth of knowledge with a background in collegiate softball as well as collegiate baseball. He has worked with one of the top programs in college softball at Georgia and knows the game very well.
"Tony brings great energy and enthusiasm as well as tremendous passion for the game. We welcome him and his family to our Tar Heel Softball family, and we are thrilled to have him on our staff."
Prior to coaching at Georgia, Baldwin was an assistant coach for the Michigan State baseball team from 2005-08, serving as the interim head coach during the team's coaching transition. At Michigan State Baldwin served as the recruiting coordinator, and was the infielders coach, assistant hitting coach and third base coach during his stint there as well.
Baldwin's first recruiting class at Michigan State matriculated a freshman All-America, a 30th round draft pick and a 46th round draft pick. His second recruiting class was ranked the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and was ranked top-50 in the country by Baseball America. His third recruiting clas also produced a freshman All-America and became the class with the most wins in school history.
Baldwin was the assistant head baseball coach from 2003-05 after serving as the assistant coach from 1999-2003 at Dartmouth College, where he was the recruiting coordinator, travel manager, eligibility coordinator and worked with fundraising and alumni relations. At Dartmouth he was the hitting and fielders coach, coordinated team defense, and was the third base coach, helping the team to Dartmouth's first Red Rolfe Division Titles in 2000, 2001 and 2004.
He also was the assistant coach at Butler University from 1994-99, and was the head coach of the Decatur Blues, of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, in 1999. At Butler, Baldwin was the hitting coach, infielders' and catchers' coach, and coordinated team defense. He helped lead the team to three MCC titles (1996, 1998 and 1999), which were the first in the history of the program.
In addition to coaching, Baldwin has also served as the operations director at Camp Weequahic since 2009.
Baldwin and his wife Suzanne have three children, Ella, Abby and Brady.
Marissa Young, a three-time All-America pitcher at the University of Michigan, was named an assistant coach for the Carolina softball team.
Young, who was named the 2002 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year, will primarily coach pitchers and catchers for the Tar Heels.
Young spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Eastern Michigan, where she served as the compliance liaison, recruiting coordinator and managed team travel and the operational budget, among other duties. She helped coach five Academic All-Americas and five players of the week during her time at Eastern Michigan.
Prior to her stint at EMU, Young was the head coach at Concordia University (Ann Arbor, Mich.) from 2008-11. In less than three years with the program, she turned the 2-20 program to a 23-23 record, the second-most wins in a single season since an appearance in the 2002 NAIA National Tournament.
Young graduated from Michigan in 2003 as the all-time strikeout leader (927), and her 88 career wins became the second highest in program history. She also matched the then-program's single-season home run record with 13 in 2003. Young also played two years of professional softball, one overseas in Italy and the second year with the Texas Thunder of the NPF.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
North Carolina head softball coach Donna Papa announced the addition of Suzanne Tadlock as volunteer assistant coach Friday, Sept. 7.
Tadlock joins the Tar Heels after coaching high school softball at Leesville Road for 15 years, as well as serving as the Carolina Summer Softball Camps Director for the past two years.
"I am very excited to welcome Suzanne Tadlock, head softball coach at Leesville Road High School as a volunteer assistant to our staff," Papa said. "Suzanne has been the varsity head coach at Leesville Rd for the last 15 years and has led the Pride to five consecutive NC state playoff appearances.
"Suzanne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. Most recently, she was responsible for establishing a leadership program for the Leesville softball team. Additionally, she has worked with the NCAA YES softball clinics at the DI, II, III levels as a field director and clinician. Suzanne will assist with the infield and hitters as well as our team building," Papa said.
In addition to Tadlock's coaching duties at Leesville Road, she is a physical eduction teacher as well as the department chair. Before coming to Leesville Road, she was the physical education director and athletics director for the Raleigh, N.C., chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tadlock has also helped with numerous NCAA and NYSC softball clinics throughout her career and has assisted with UNC softball camps since 2007.
Tadlock is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro (1990), where she played softball for the Spartans. She received her teaching certificate in 1999 from East Carolina University.
Director of Operations
Catherine Mitchell will serve as the University of North Carolina softball's new director of operations, head coach Donna J. Papa announced September 27, 2010. Mitchell, who served as head softball manager for the last three seasons, will be entering her fourth year with Carolina softball.
Mitchell, a native of Pilot Mountain, N.C., is a 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a bachelor's degree in political science and sports administration. Mitchell is currently in her first year of UNC's Law School.
"I am excited to announce that Catherine will be working with us again this year," said head coach Donna J. Papa. "She brings a great amount of knowledge and stability to our program. Catherine has been a big part of our success over the last few years."
The Pilot Mountain, N.C., natives main duties will include travel planning, overseeing UNC's camps and clinics, organizing the Home Run Club (Carolina's main fundraiser) and equipment distribution. In addition, Mitchell will over see the Tar Heels' two new undergraduate managers.
"It is a little different now being in grad school and in a new position," said Mitchell. "It is more behind the scenes now than the past three years. I am looking forward to helping our new managers get oriented in how things work."
In her role, Mitchell is one of the longest tenured staff members at Carolina.
The Pilot Mountain product enjoys working with Carolina softball and is excited to continue as she furthers her education.
"Working with the softball program was one of the best experiences I had as an undergrad," said Mitchell. "I am just thankful Coach Papa still wanted me to stick around. I chose UNC Law School in part because of this program. I plan to get a joint degree in UNC Law and Sports Administration over the next few years."