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Howard softball coach overcomes adversity to lead Bison to NCAA bid


For Howard University softball coach Tori Tyson, this season has been about overcoming adversity and doing the unexpected.

Tyson, who has led the Bison since 2018, lost the father of her daughter midway through the season. Dylan Talley died in March, and since then, Tyson has battled through grief while also coaching her team to new heights.

At the 2022 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, the Bison lost their first meeting with Morgan State 12-5. But they fought back to make it to the championship, where they took down Morgan State in back-to-back games Saturday, winning 5-0 and then 5-4.

With the wins, Howard claimed its second MEAC tournament title in program history and its first since 2007.

After the championship game, Tyson was named the MEAC outstanding coach.

“This year Sky and I have already experienced our lowest low and Saturday capped our highest high!” Tyson wrote on Twitter.

A former starter on the softball team at Nebraska, Tyson took over as the Howard coach after the Bison had recorded an eight-win season in 2018.

In her first season as coach in 2019, the Bison won 19 games and reached the conference tournament for the first time since 2015 and won their first tournament game since 2011. In 2021, they won 17 games. This year, they’ve won 31.

Howard will face a tough test in its first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament. The Bison will go up against No. 2 Florida State in Tallahassee at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday.