Vail served as director of softball operations at American Athletics Softball Organization in Irvine Calif., 2018-19 after holding the same position for USA Preps in Camarillo, Calif., the previous year. He worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Oregon State in 2015-16 following a stint at Utah Valley from 2013-14.
Prior to joining the UVU staff, Vail spent time as a head coach at the high school and travel ball levels, while also leading the program at Dakota County Technical College in 2010. During his playing career, Vail appeared in 24 ISC World Tournaments, NAFA Men's World Series, AAU Men's International Championships and ASA/USA Softball National Tournaments overs a 16-year career. An ASA Class A All-American infielder in 2015 and ISC 23 & Under All-World choice in 2007, Vail earned two silver medals at the ISC U-23 World Championships and two at the NAFA 23 & Under World Series.
Vail has attained the highest level of certification as a 4-Star Master Coach through the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and is completing his degree in Sports Coaching through the United States Sports Academy.
Vail is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota where he still works in the State Programs office of Special Olympics Minnesota. He, and his wife of 10 years, Andrea, have 4 children. Joshua (13), Easton (7), Beckett (4) & Henry Aaron (3).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Siera Sheehan just completed her 2nd season as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Furman. With Coach Sheehan's guidance, the 2020 pitching staff's ERA dropped almost 2 runs/game. Prior to Furman, Coach Sheehan served as the Director of Softball Operations for 1 year at the College of Charleston. During the 2016 season, Coach Sheehan worked as the pitching coach at Charleston Southern. Under her tutelage, Cheyenne Gandara earned a spot on the All-Big South honorable mention team while Holly Clark was on the All-Freshman squad.
Following her collegiate playing career, Sheehan competed overseas as a member of AIST 2012 Softball Week in Prague, Czech Republic, and 2013 Softball Week Amsterdam. Sheehan also served as a private pitching coach from 2012-16 where she coached kids from ages 9-18 in individual and group pitching lessons.
A four year starter in the circle at the University of Hartford, Sheehan served as team captain for two years. She made 100 career appearances, earning MVP honors in her senior season.
Sheehan earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Hartford in 2012.