SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program added five years of All-America selections and a past and future Olympian to its coaching staff on Thursday with the announcement from 16th-year head coach Jenny Condon that former Mustang righthander Sierra Hyland has been named an assistant coach while former California All-American Michele Granger joins as a volunteer assistant ahead of the 2020 season.
Hyland, a 2017 NFCA All-America selection and the Big West Conference's all-time strikeout leader (965), most recently helped the Mexico National Team qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A volunteer assistant with Cal Poly for the past two seasons, Hyland was the No. 4 overall selection in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Chicago Bandits before signing with the Cleveland Comets in 2019.
The only four-time NFCA All-Region selection in program history and a two-time Big West Pitcher of the Year honoree, Hyland (2014-17) departed Cal Poly as the Big West's all-time leader in appearances (161) while ranking third in innings pitched (942.2) and sixth in victories (82). A record 16-time Big West Pitcher of the Week honoree, Hyland remains first in Cal Poly history for shutouts (38), complete games (104) and starts (122) while ranking second with a 1.56 ERA.
"There's always something special for the program when you have a former player on staff," Condon said of Hyland. "She made a huge impact for our program as a student-athlete and we know that will continue as a coach."
Granger, a four-time All-America honoree at California (1989-93) and a member of the United States National Team that captured the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, arrives at Cal Poly after serving as the head coach for Granite Bay (Calif.) HS (2010-19). Twenty-six years after pitching her last collegiate game, Granger still ranks first in NCAA Division I history with 25 career no-hitters, second all-time in shutouts (94), third in complete games (155), sixth for innings pitched (1,202.2), eighth in perfect games (five), ninth in strikeouts (1,640), 14th in starts (162), 18th in ERA (0.46) and 25th in victories (119).
Granger, who pitched the opening game of the 1996 Olympics for the United States and the gold medal-clinching victory against China, has also coached collegiately at two-year Sierra College (2008-10) and Tennessee (2001-03). At the travel ball level, she has most recently coached the So Cal Choppers 18u squad (2018-19) and is the founder and president of the Silverstreak Softball youth organization.
Granger is a member of the respective halls of fame for the International Softball Federation, Amateur Softball Association and California Athletics Department.
"Michele is one of the best to have ever played and will bring her passion and knowledge of the game to our pitching staff and entire team," Condon said of Granger. "Her mental approach and discipline are second-to-none. I can't wait to see how our pitchers continue to develop under both Michele and Sierra."