The 2014 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Softball season will be the G-MAC's first season as an active NCAA Division II conference, and the field of competitive teams has expanded, doubling from its inaugural season in 2013 to eight members with the addition of Alderson Broaddus, Davis & Elkins, Kentucky Wesleyan, Ohio Valley, and Salem International.
Trevecca Nazarene University returns as the defending G-MAC Regular-Season and Tournament Champion, and has been tagged as the preseason favorites to capture the title again in 2014. The Trojans will have to step it up to work their way through a much deeper conference schedule to repeat as champion.
TNU edged G-MAC runner-up Cedarville in the preseason coaches poll, with newcomer Kentucky Wesleyan grabbing the third spot. Interesting enough, despite a 18-31 record in 2013, the Panthers went a perfect 4-0 against G-MAC Champion Trevecca in two separate doubleheaders.
A trio of WVIAC newcomers rank #4 - #6 in the preseason poll, and just randomly they are in alphabetical order and rank in the order they finished last season in the conference standings. Salem International and Ursuline round out the coaches poll as both struggled with current conference opponents last season, combined going 2-17.
G-MAC PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Trevecca Nazarene (6)
2. Cedarville (2)
3. Kentucky Wesleyan
6. Ohio Valley