Laura Dukes joined the Belmont Softball staff in August 2019.
“Laura has a unique capacity to see the field and brings a beautifully analytic element to everything she does," said head coach Megan Rhodes Smith. "She sees what others don’t and never stops working to make those around her better. She was made to coach, and I couldn’t imagine not having her on staff.”
Prior to her arrival in Nashville, she spent two seasons at Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia, serving as an assistant coach. Last season was a breakout year for the Rams as the team went on to set the program record for single season wins in 2019 after posting 42 wins and made its first-ever NCAA Atlantic Region Super Regional appearance. Dukes assisted with player development on and off the field as the team saw three student athletes named to the Mountain East (MEC) All-Academic Team and seven named to the league's Commissioner's List.
Not a new face to the Ohio Valley Conference, Dukes logged a season at Austin Peay (2016-17) and also coached with the Tennessee Fury Platinum organization, serving as an 18U and 16U assistant coach, for four years.
The Dandridge, Tenn., native played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State garnering numerous honors including a First Team All-Conference nod, CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honors, and three consecutive NFCA Academic All-America Scholar Athlete nods. Dukes also left her name imprinted in the Blue Raider record book with several single season records. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she transferred to Lipscomb to conclude her collegiate career while pursuing a master's degree. During her stint with the Bisons, Dukes earned NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete honors, was an Atlantic Sun President’s Scholar and served as the graduate assistant manager.
Dukes lives in Gallatin.