McCall Salmon was named to head the Central Michigan softball program in June, 2019, by Zyzelewski Family Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Michael Alford.
Salmon had major shoes to fill in taking over for the legendary Margo Jonker, who led the program for 40 years (1980-2019), becoming an iconic name in college softball coaching circles.
Salmon coached at Davenport University in Grand Rapids from 2014-19, posting a 235-63 record (a .788 winning percentage) and leading the program through a successful transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
In 2019, Salmon led Davenport to a 32-21 record and a second-consecutive runner-up finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2019. She led the Panthers to a 35-21 finish in 2018.
Prior to the move to Division II, Davenport was the preeminent program in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, winning four-consecutive conference regular-season and tournament titles from 2014-17, and advancing to the national tournament in each of those years. Salmon guided the Panthers to an NAIA World Series berth in 2017. She was twice named WHAC Coach of the Year.
Salmon’s Davenport teams placed a combined six players on the All-GLIAC First Team and three on the all-regional squad in their two years in the league with Salmon at the helm, and she coached five NAIA All-Americans, three player who earned the WHAC Newcomer of the Year Award, and two WHAC Players of the Year and two WHAC Pitchers of the Year.
Salmon's squads were also strong academically, posting a team grade point average of 3.40 or better over six consecutive seasons.
Salmon served as an assistant coach at Davenport from 2008-13, working with the program as it was just getting started. During her time as an assistant, the program won league regular-season titles in 2011 and in 2012, and conference tournament crowns in 2011 and in 2013.
Salmon was a first baseman/utility player at Aquinas, helping lead the Saints to three-consecutive WHAC championships from 2005-07. She earned all-conference honors three times in her career and served as a team captain during her final two seasons. She received the prestigious Helen Louise Brogger Award, which goes to Aquinas' top female graduating athlete.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business administration and sports management from Aquinas. Salmon and her husband Paul have two children, Colt and Kayla.
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