Scott Beyer enters his sixth season as UW-Oshkosh’s head softball coach. He owns a 138-63 overall record and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances with the Titans.
Beyer has coached nine UW-Oshkosh players to 15 total all-region honors and 11 players to 20 total all-conference awards, including 2015 WIAC Pitcher of the Year Sara Brunlieb and 2016 WIAC Co-Postion Player of the Year Abby Menting. In 2014, a program record-tying five Titans received all-region accolades.
In Beyer's first five seasons at the helm, UW-Oshkosh has established new school season records in batting average, doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases, slugging percentage and fielding percentage. Beyer's Titans also set a new program record with 10 doubles in a game.
Last season, Beyer led the Titans back to the Division III Championship, marking the program's first consecutive national postseason appearances since 2007-08. UW-Oshkosh concluded the campaign with a 26-14 overall record and a runner-up 10-4 mark in the WIAC. The Titans collected a program-record 20 triples on the year.
The 2017 season was highlighted by UW-Oshkosh's first NCAA Division III postseason appearance since 2008 as Beyer coached the Titans to a 33-13 record and the school's first regional championship since 1988. UW-Oshkosh, which received an at-large berth to the Division III Championship, won the UW-La Crosse Regional with a 3-0 record after placing third in the WIAC standings with a 9-5 mark. The Titans established a new WIAC record with 87 doubles and compiled the program's fifth season with at least 30 wins, including the second in Beyer's tenure.
In the 2016 season, Beyer guided UW-Oshkosh to a 26-13 record, including a runner-up 10-4 mark in the WIAC. The Titans, who set a program record with 15 triples, matched their best conference finish since 2008, when UW-Oshkosh also placed second in the league standings.
In 2015, Beyer helped UW-Oshkosh to a 30-12 record, including a 12-4 mark in league play, for the Titans' fourth season with 30 or more victories in school history. The Titans finished third in both the league's regular season standings and the WIAC Championship. UW-Oshkosh, which set school records with 41 home runs and 69 stolen bases, posted its most overall wins since 2008 and the most league victories since 2007.
In his debut season at UW-Oshkosh in 2014, Beyer led the Titans to a 23-11 overall record and an 11-3 mark and third-place finish in the WIAC. UW-Oshkosh also set program records with 76 doubles, a .344 batting average, a .521 slugging percentage, and a .974 fielding percentage.
Beyer came to UW-Oshkosh from UW-Green Bay, where he served as an assistant coach for the NCAA Division I Phoenix since 2011. Beyer helped UW-Green Bay to a 62-74 record, including a 24-22 mark during his first season at the school. In 2013, the Phoenix went 15-25 while recording victories over the University of Notre Dame (Ind.) and the University of Wisconsin.
With Beyer as UW-Green Bay's hitting coach, four members of the Phoenix received All-Horizon League honors. Beyer's duties also included recruiting, fundraising, instructing camps, coaching first base and monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes.
Beyer's family has a strong softball reputation within the state. His wife is former All-WIAC shortstop Laura Van Abel, while his sister-in-law, Maria, was a starting outfielder for the University of Wisconsin. Laura and Maria are co-owners of 360U, a softball training facility in Kaukauna.
Beyer received his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 2006. He played one football season for the Blugolds and was a member of the school's club baseball team. After graduation has Beyer played in New Zealand, helping the 2008 Kapiti Softball Club to a top-five finish at the New Zealand national tournament. He has also competed in numerous tournaments in the International Softball Congress (ISC), American Softball Association (ASA), and North American Fastpitch Association, including the ISC World Tournament and the ASA World Series.
Beyer and his wife, Laura, reside in Little Chute with their son, William.