Donny Griffin is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Lindenwood softball team in 2019.
In his first season at Lindenwood, he was part of a coaching staff that helped the Lady Lions improve by six wins over the previous season. The Lady Lions also showed improvement statistically on both offense and defense.
Griffin was a member of Liz Kelly’s staff at Maryville from 2013 to 2016. Griffin helped the Saints improve every year in the win column. In 2016, Maryville had the best season in program history by going 39-16 and advancing to the NCAA Division II Region 2 Championship game.
Griffin was the head coach of the Visitation Academy softball program for three years. He coached two all-state players and led the team to its first state quarterfinal appearance. He was also the head coach of the ST. Louis Illusions Athletes Fast-pitch softball program from 2007 to 2012. Griffin led that team to multiple tournament titles and top-25 finishes in the nation.
Griffin also is an elementary teacher at Forder Elementary School in the Mehlville School District, and coaches the fifth-grade cross country and track teams.
Griffin graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2008 with a physical education degree, and he earned his master’s in sports management from Missouri Baptist in 2012. He graduated high school in St. Charles, Mo. at Francis Howell North.
King joined the Lions coaching staff in November of 2018. She previously served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Western Illinois.
King comes to Lindenwood from Sauk Valley Community College, where she has been the head coach since August. With Sauk Valley, she performed all administrative duties for the program as well as organizing team travel, creating practice plans and oversaw recruiting efforts.
From 2016-18, King worked at Western Illinois as an assistant softball coach. With the Leathernecks, she helped create all the program's practice schedules, organized and operated camps and coordinated team travel.
As a student-athlete, King competed with Illinois-Springfield from 2014-16. At UIS, she was third-team All-GLVC and was voted team captain as a senior. In her senior season, King started in all 50 games, hitting .289 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. She posted a .459 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage. She also played at Heartland Community College for two seasons, earning All-Conference and All-Region honors in 2013 and 2014.
King earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Illinois-Springfield in 2016 and a master's of recreation, parks and tourism administration from Western Illinois in 2018.
Sprague joined the Lions prior to the 2019 season. While serving on the coaching staff at Lindenwood, she is working as a softball coach at Parkway South High School. Sprague graduated from Maryville University in the spring of 2018, where she played softball for head coach Liz Kelly.
In her playing career, Sprague was a pitcher/first baseman who played four years for the Saints. In the circle, she posted a career 3.63 ERA with 155 strikeouts. At the plate, Sprague hit .272 with 19 doubles and 58 RBIs.
In high school, Sprague was a four-year starter in the at Parkway South. She set school records in wins (64) and strikeouts (500). Sprague was a two-time first-team All-State, All-Region, All-District and All-Conference in her career. As a junior, she set a Parkway South single-season record with 177 strikeouts, earning Suburban West Conference Player of the Year honors.