Donna J. Papa Softball Camps
Tony Baldwin is in his second year with Carolina softball after joining the Tar Heels in 2012. Baldwin came to UNC after spending two years at the University of Georgia, where he served as the volunteer assistant coach.
Baldwin’s primary responsibilities at UNC include developing the team’s hitters and infielders. In his first season with the Tar Heels, Baldwin helped nine hitters finish the season batting over .300 while six had slugging percentages over .500. Constance Orr ranked third in the ACC with a .356 batting average and her 62 hits ranked fifth, while Kristen Brown’s .341 batting average ranked ninth in the conference and her 60 hits were sixth.
Prior to coaching at Georgia, Baldwin was an assistant coach for the Michigan State baseball team from 2005-08, serving as the interim head coach during the team’s coaching transition. At Michigan State, Baldwin served as the recruiting coordinator, and was the infielders’ coach, assistant hitting coach and third base coach during his stint there as well.
Baldwin’s first recruiting class at Michigan State matriculated a freshman All-America, a 30th-round draft pick and a 46th-round draft pick. His second recruiting class was ranked the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and was ranked top-50 in the country by Baseball America. His third recruiting class also produced a freshman All-America and became the class with the most wins in school history.
Baldwin was the assistant head baseball coach from 2003-05 after serving as the assistant coach from 1999-2003 at Dartmouth College, where he was the recruiting coordinator, travel manager, eligibility coordinator and worked with fundraising and alumni relations. At Dartmouth he was the hitting and fielders coach, coordinated team defense, and was the third base coach, helping the team to Dartmouth’s first Red Rolfe Division Titles in 2000, 2001 and 2004.
He also was the assistant coach at Butler University from 1994-99, and was the head coach of the Decatur Blues, of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, in 1999. At Butler, Baldwin was the hitting coach, infielders’ and catchers’ coach, and coordinated team defense. He helped lead the team to three MCC titles (1996, 1998 and 1999), which were the first in the history of the program.
In addition to coaching, Baldwin served as the operations director at Camp Weequahic from 2009-2012.
Baldwin and his wife Suzanne have four children, Ella, Abby, Brady and Katie.
Head coach Donna J. Papa announced on Sept. 3, 2013, that Marissa Young, a three-time All-America pitcher at the University of Michigan, was named an assistant coach for the Carolina softball team.
Young, who was named the 2002 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year, will primarily coach pitchers and catchers for the Tar Heels.
“I’m excited to welcome Marissa Young to the Carolina softball staff,” Papa said. “She is a great fit for our program. Marissa had a stellar career as a pitcher and all around player at Michigan, one of the top softball programs in the country, year in and year out.
“Marissa has gained experience as a head coach at a small university and as an assistant at a Division I program. All of those experiences have prepared her to be in charge of developing our pitchers and catchers as well as many other areas of our program.”
Young spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Eastern Michigan, where she served as the compliance liaison, recruiting coordinator and managed team travel and the operational budget, among other duties. She helped coach five Academic All-Americas and five players of the week during her time at Eastern Michigan.
“Coaching under Donna Papa, such a class act and quality person with her years of experience and success, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am so blessed to have,” Young said. “I could not be more excited to take over the pitchers and catchers for such a great program here at UNC. The bullpen is stacked with talent, and I am looking forward to helping them achieve thier goals this season.”
Prior to her stint at EMU, Young was the head coach at Concordia University (Ann Arbor, Mich.) from 2008-11. In less than three years with the program, she turned the 2-20 program to a 23-23 record, the second-most wins in a single season since an appearance in the 2002 NAIA National Tournament.
Young graduated from Michigan in 2003 as the all-time strikeout leader (927), and her 88 career wins became the second highest in program history. She also matched the then-program’s single-season home run record with 13 in 2003. Young also played two years of professional softball, one overseas in Italy and the second year with the Texas Thunder of the NPF.
A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Young has three children: Layla, Jolyna and Kayden.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Suzanne Tadlock returns for her second year as the volunteer assistant for Carolina softball.
Tadlock joined the Tar Heels for the 2013 season after coaching high school softball at Leesville Road for 15 years, as well as serving as the Carolina Summer Softball Camps Director for the past two years.
“Suzanne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program,” head coach Donna J. Papa said of Tadlock’s hiring. “Most recently, she was responsible for establishing a leadership program for the Leesville softball team. Additionally, she has worked with the NCAA YES softball clinics at the DI, II, III levels as a field director and clinician.”
In addition to Tadlock’s coaching duties at Leesville Road, she is a physical eduction teacher as well as the department chair. Before coming to Leesville Road, she was the physical education director and athletics director for the Raleigh, N.C., chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Tadlock has also helped with numerous NCAA and NYSC softball clinics throughout her career and has assisted with UNC softball camps since 2007.
Tadlock is a graduate of UNC Greensboro (1990), where she played softball for the Spartans. She received her teaching certificate in 1999 from East Carolina University.
Director of Operations
Catherine Mitchell has served as the University of North Carolina softball's director of operations since 2010.
Mitchell, a native of Pilot Mountain, N.C., also served as a team manager for three years before graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2010. Mitchell is in her final year of law school and will graduate in May 2014 with a master's in sport administration in addition to her juris doctorate.
"I am excited to announce that Catherine will be working with us again this year," said head coach Donna J. Papa. "She brings a great amount of knowledge and stability to our program. Catherine has been a big part of our success over the last few years."
The Pilot Mountain, N.C., natives main duties will include travel planning, overseeing UNC's camps and clinics, organizing the Home Run Club (Carolina's main fundraiser) and equipment distribution. In addition, Mitchell will over see the Tar Heels' two new undergraduate managers.
"It is a little different now being in grad school and in a new position," said Mitchell. "It is more behind the scenes now than the past three years. I am looking forward in helping our new managers getting oriented in how things work."
In her new role, Mitchell is one of the longest tenured staff members at Carolina. The Tar Heels welcome two new assistant coaches into the program this season in Boo Gillette and Kirin Kumar.
"I think is was perfect timing because I am transitioning into a new position and so our the new assistants," Mitchell exclaimed. "It is still the same program and the same team and all of us are getting acclimated together."
The Pilot Mountain product enjoys working with Carolina softball and is excited to continue as she furthers her education.
"Working with the softball program was one of the best experiences I had as an undergrad," said Mitchell. "I am just thankful Coach Papa still wanted me to stick around. I chose UNC Law School in part because of this program. I plan to get a joint degree in UNC Law and Sports Administration over the next few years."