Jay Halbrook enters his third season as the head softball coach at Evangel University.
During Halbrook’s second season, the Crusaders went 31-22 overall and 22-14 in the Heart of America finishing atop the South Division and third overall. The 2017 team had one All-American (Megan Washam), one All-Region (Kiara Carrier), as well as seven players, earn all-conference honors and 3 Gold Glove winners. Two were named NAIA Academic All-Americans (Washam and Cassidy Gillihan), one CoSIDA Academic All-District (Gillihan), and 13 NFCA Academic All-Americans.
During Halbrook’s first two seasons, the Crusaders have a record of 62-38 overall and 37-21 in the Heart of America and have a Division Championship. The 2016 softball team had six players earn all-conference honors, while Kyra Parker earned Newcomer of the Year accolades. Evangel saw two players receive Gold Glove honors, with four more being named NAIA Academic All-Americans and eight NFCA Academic All-Americans.
Halbrook spent six seasons as Bolivar (MO) High School's head softball coach compiling a 110-63 record. His teams won five Central Ozark Conference championships, two district championships and had one state quarterfinal appearance.
His arrival to Evangel marked a return to the Crusaders coaching staff as he served the baseball program as an assistant coach from 2002 to 2006.
Halbrook spent one year as an assistant softball coach at Southwest Baptist and was an assistant at Bolivar High School from 2006 to 2008. He founded Bolivar's club softball squad in 2005 and served as their head coach from 2005 to 2012.
Halbrook has a degree in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University.
Jay resides in Pleasant Hope with his wife Jamie, a payroll administrator and softball Recruiting Coordinator at Evangel. The couple has four daughters. Jordan Henson (married), Jaelyn Shaw (married), Jenna, and Jianna.