Bobby Wills joined the Marlins for the 2018 season after an already impressive coaching career.
Wills played softball from 1962 to 1988 where he pitched for the nationally-ranked Fox Hill softball teams from 1975 to 1988. In his career for Fox Hill, he went 206-65-1 in the circle and still holds three all-time Fox Hill pitching records.
Wills retired from Fox Hill in 1988 to pursue college coaching, where he has flourished. He was the head coach of Christopher Newport from 1988 to 1994 where the Captains earned Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIAC) regular season championships five years in a row. His team also claimed the DIAC tournament title in 1993 and 1994. Wills was voted as DIAC Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993. He moved on to Hampton University where he coaching the pitchers from 1999 to 2007. His Pirate squads claimed the MEAC Northern Championship three of his eight seasons on campus. In 1999 Wills was the Assistant Coach for VA Roadsters, who competed in the Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL) and the ’99 WPSL league playoffs in Akron Ohio. He coached a Virginia squad that won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 23-Under ASA National Championships. The 2007 squad team featured pitcher Angela Tincher, arguably the greatest pitcher in Virginia Tech history.
He continued his coaching career as the ASA Women's Fastpitch head coach from 2000 to 2011 where he coached 57 ASA All-Americans. His squads advanced to the national championship tournament his first three years, placing as runner-up the first two trips before earning a fifth place finish. His 2003 squad won the Class A National Championship in Fort Payne, Ala. Wills also coached a VA team that won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 ASA Women’s 23-Under ASA National Champions. Wills continued to coach at the national level, leading a squad to USSSA national championship titles in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Wills also has experience in the high school ranks, spending time on coaching staffs at Kecoughtan, Booker T. Washington, Princess Anne, Nansemond River, Woodside, Smithfield, Kellam, Warwick, and Greenbrier Christian Academy.