HIALEAH, FL – Florida National University Director of Athletics, Fernando Valenzuela, has announced the hiring of John Pryor as the head softball coach for FNU’s inaugural season. John Pryor comes to Florida National University after serving as the most winning coach of the College of New Rochelle; leading the school to its most successful seasons in school history. During his tenure at the College of New Rochelle, Coach Pryor led his team to its first (16-10) and second (22-10) winning seasons and secured the College’s first ever post-season appearance (2016-17). In addition, he twice coached the team to a NCAA D-3 Scoring Title (2016-17, 2017-18).
Coach Pryor was also successful in bringing out the best in his players. He coached the NCAA D-3 2016-17 Hitting Champion, the AD-3I Player of the Year (2017), the AD-3I Rookie of the Year (2017 and 2018) and the AD-3I Pitcher of Year (2018). He also coached three NFCA All-Americans. In addition to success on the field, the team maintained a GPA of 3.7. In recognition of his success, Coach Pryor was named the AD-3I Coach of the Year for 2017-18.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Coach Pryor also served as the head coach of the Empire State Huskies teams from 2011-2019. He coached the Huskies at all levels from 12U to 18U showcases. During his tenure, he coached the team to the 2015 Triple Crown East Coast National Championship. Under Coach Pryor’s leadership, the team reached the #1 USSSA ranking
in New York State and #6 ranking, nationally. In addition, his teams won over 35 fast pitch championships throughout the country.
Coach Pryor’s commitment to his players extended beyond their athletic abilities. He helped secure D-1, D-2, and D-3 placements and scholarships for graduating high school players. Before his successful coaching career, Coach Pryor served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991-1995. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1995-1999.
Coach Pryor is married and the father of three daughters and a son. A native of the Bronx, NY, he currently lives is West Palm Beach.