Denise Godwin (Prather)
Denise Godwin (Prather)
Title: Head Softball Coach/Assistant Athletic Trainer
Phone: 479-979-1463

Denise Godwin (Prather) enters her second season as head coach of the softball team. Godwin (Prather) was hired in May of 2018 and will also serve as an Athletic Trainer.

At Ozarks

  • In first season, improved team batting average by points by 20 points
  • In first season, improved team ERA by .26
  • Improved run production from 122 to 156 in first year
  • Team defensive fielding percentage increased from .936 to .951 in first season
  • Won three conference series
  • Had six players earn All-Conference (2019)
  • Had five players on the ASC All-Academic Team (2019)

Assistant Coaching Experience

  • Illinois Wesleyan University (2015-2018)
  • Lake Land College (2012-2015)
  • Millikin University (2010-2012)

Collegiate Coaching Accomplishments

  • Helped Illinois Wesleyan to the NCAA Division III National Championship game (2018)
  • Assisted Illinois Wesleyan to its best season ever behind a 40-win season and a national runner-up finish (2018) 
  • Helped Illinois Wesleyan to three consecutive conference and regional championships and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure
  • llinois Wesleyan program finished seventh, fifth and second overall in the NCAA Tournament
  • Helped Lake Land College to a pair of NJCAA National Tournament appearances
  • Guided 2013 Lake Land College team to a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament
  • Helped Milliken University to a conference championship
  • At Milliken, she assisted the team to a pair of conference tournament appearances
  • Part of the NFCA Great-Lakes Coaching Staff of the Year at Illinois Wesleyan
  • Part of Conference Coaching Staff of the Year at Millikin

Playing Experience

  • University of Illinois


  • Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training from University of Illinois (2009)
  • Master's degree in Sport Management from Illinois State University (2017)


  • Mount Zion, Illinois


  • Married to Ruth