James Inzana

James Inzana

Title: Head Assistant Coach
Previous College: St. Leo University '03

James Inzana begins his ninth season with the Virginia Wesleyan softball program in 2017-18. Inzana works primarily with the pitching staff, infielders, and hitters.

He helped guide the Marlins to ODAC titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. The 2013 team finished the season with a 41-8 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Regional title game. The 2016 squad won 38 games and earned the first national No. 1 ranking in school history. The Marlins have consistently been ranked in the top 25 in his time with the program.

The 2017 team won a national record, 54 games, on its way to the program's first national championship. His squad led the nation in ERA with a 0.80 mark. His pitcher, Hanna Hull, led the nation in wins (32) and ERA (0.51) and was second in the nation with 372 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .123 batting average against. She was named National Player of the Year and Schutt/NFCA National Freshman of the Year in addition to ODAC Pitcher and Rookie of the Year accolades.

His pitching staff has been among the nation’s best throughout his career, earning top 20 rankings in ERA on an annual basis. The 2016 squad posted a 1.11 ERA, the second-best mark in the country. The pitchers under his leadership have gone on to win a total of seven ODAC Pitcher of the Year awards in his eight seasons. In 2016, Kandis Kresinske claimed ODAC Pitcher of the Year, ODAC Rookie of the Year, and Schutt/NFCA National Freshman of the Year while training under Inzana.

He has seen 12 All-Americans in his time with the squad: Tori Higginbotham (2012, 2013, 2014), Kristina Kargiorgis (2012, 2015), Courtney Bogan (2015, 2016), Kandis Kresinske (2016), Cassetty Howerin (2016, 2017), Hanna Hull (2017), and Kiersten Richardson (2017). In addition, there has been four State Pitchers of the Year and 32 All-State honorees to go with 30 All-Region selection and 47 All-ODAC recipients.

Inzana has over 20 years of softball coaching experience in Hawaii, California, South Carolina, and Virginia. He has accumulated more than 600 victories between high school and travel teams. His 2003 travel team placed 14th nationally while his 2006 team won the Virginia state championship.

He is the former assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Deep Creek High School from 2001 to 2008.

Inzana retired from active duty in the United States Navy in 2005 after 20 years of service.

He is a 2003 graduate of Saint Leo University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He received an additional degree in education and computer information systems from Liberty University in 2009.

Inzana and his wife, Tina, reside in Chesapeake. The pair have three daughters: Jaimee, Katy, and Lindsey, an alum of the VWC softball team.