|High School:||Chaparral HS|
|Alma Mater:||Arizona State|
Mackenzie Popescue Alford joined the Georgia State softball staff as the team’s pitching coach in July of 2014. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Alford came to Atlanta after an illustrious career as a player at Arizona State.
In 2016, Alford’s pitching staff recorded a 3.77 ERA, GSU’s lowest since the 2012 season. Katie Worley threw both a perfect game and a no-hitter in 2016 and was named All-Sun Belt after tallying a 17-9 record with a 2.82 ERA.
In her first season at GSU, the Panthers went 38-22 and finished third in the Sun Belt Conference while climbing to 42nd in the RPI. The Panthers had two pitchers record double-digit wins, including Taylor Thorpe who tallied a 17-6 record after winning just three games in 2014. On March 7, Katie Worley threw GSU’s first no-hitter since 2011, another testament to Alford’s impact on the program.
As a student-athlete at Arizona State, Alford finished with a career ERA of 2.12 with 59 wins, three no-hitters, four all-conference selections and won the 2011 national championship during her time with the Sun Devils. She was also twice named to the NFCA All-Region team.
As a redshirt senior, Alford finished 2014 with a 20-3 record and a 2.15 ERA which earned NFCA West All-Region first-team honors and the Pac-12 All-Conference second team. She threw her third career no-hitter against Southern Mississippi en route to an 8-0 victory in five innings.
In 2013, she posted a 1.94 ERA with 19 wins, three saves and opened the season with a perfect 13-0 record in non-conference play. Alford pitched a career-high 140.2 innings, including an inning in Super Regional play and 5.1 innings in two games at the Women’s College World Series. She was named to the NFCA All-Region second team and the Pac-12 All-Conference second team.
During her redshirt sophomore campaign in 2012, Alford threw her first career no-hitter against Wichita State in an 11-0 win in five innings. She finished the season with 51.2 innings pitched with a 2.30 ERA and 7-2 overall record.
As a redshirt freshman, she posted a 13-3 overall record and a 2.22 ERA through 97.2 innings pitched as her team went on to win the Women’s College World Series. Alford was named Pac-10 Academic All-Conference team honorable mention, Pac-10 All-Conference honorable mention and selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.
Alford graduated from Arizona State in 2014 with a degree in exercise and wellness and a minor in nutrition. The former Mackenzie Popescue married Corey Alford in June 2017.