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2011: June 29 | July 13 | July 27 | August 10 | August 24 | September 7 | September 21 | October 5 | October 19 | November 2 | November 16 | December 8 | December 28

December 28, 2011

AGNES SCOTT - Named former Roswell Orange Crush (Ga.) head coach Tayla Trudell DiGirolomo to the same position.

BERGEN CC -  Named former Felecian player Rebecca Dodd as head coach.

BETHANY LUTHERAN - Named former player Renee Tatage as head caoch.

KENNESAW STATE - Promoted assistant head coach Wes Holly Jr. to associate head coach.

LAKEVILLE NORTH HS (MN) - Named Sean Hall as head coach.

LOWER COLUMBIA - Named former Skyview HS (Wash.) head coach Traci Fuller to the same position.

NORTH ST. PAUL HS (MN) - Named Minnesota Sting head coach Aaron Vail to the same position.

December 8, 2011
LOUISBURG - Named former Pima CC assistant coach Don Stopa as head coach.

MARS HILL - Named former Louisberg head coach Monica Gordy to the same position.

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL - Named former Georgia Southern volunteer assistant Amy Krazeise as head coach. 


November 16, 2011
FELECIAN - Named former Hasbrouck Heights HS (N.J.) head coach Leslie Korkgy-Valenti, former St. John's (NY) volunteer assistant coach Herb Melendez and assistant men's basketball coach Brad Forestieri as assistant coaches.

GEORGIAN COURT - Named former LSU-Alexandria head coach McKewn Dannelly to the same position.

GOLDEY-BEACOM - Promoted interim head coach Bill Streets to head coach.

GREEN BAY - Promoted volunteer assistant coach Scott Beyer to assistant coach.

GREENVILLE - Named former Lyon player Tenequa Martin as head coach.

HOFSTRA - Announced the extension head coach Bill Edward's contract through the 2014 season.

LINDSEY WILSON - Named former Mercer player Kari Chambers as assistant coach.

MAINE - Named former player and Frozen Ropes Training Center (Maine) owner Lynn Coutts as head coach.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA ST. - Named former St. Thomas (Minn.) assistant coach Missy Bruggeman as head coach.

STEVENSON - Named former Williams assistant coach Joey Lye as head coach. 


November 2, 2011
CENTRAL MICHIGAN - Named former South Dakota State head coach Joanna Lane as assistant coach and former Purdue player and student assistant coach Jenna Alexander as graduate assistant coach.

ELON - Named former Cuesta head coach Michael Steuerwald as assistant coach and named former St. Peter's assistant coach Jessica Kohut as associate head coach.

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON - Named former New Paltz St. player Lauren Motzkin as assistant coach.

HILLBERT - Named former West Seneca HS (N.Y.) assistant coach Lisa Baker as head coach.

ILLINOIS-CHICAGO - Named former U.S. Women's National Team member Eileen Canney as assistant coach.

KENT STATE - Named former Talmadge HS (Ohio) head coach Don Duffy as volunteer assistant coach.

LONG BEACH CITY - Named former Columbia (Mo.) assistant coach Linda Diller to the same position.

NICHOLLS STATE - Named former Florida St. assistant coach Angel Santiago as head coach.

PFIEFFER - Named former Catawba player Allie Marshall as assistant coach.

ROCHESTER COLLEGE - Named former Detroit assistant coach Jane Zimmerman as head coach.

ROOSEVELT - Named former Illinois-Chicago assistant coach Amanda Scott as first-ever head coach.

SOUTHWEST BAPTIST - Named assistant athletic director for compliance Tammy Ikerd as head coach.

TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI - Named former player Sarah Pauly as assistant coach.



October 19, 2011
 UC RIVERSIDE - Promoted assistant coach Candi Letts to associate head coach.


October 5, 2011

ADRIAN - Promoted head coach Kristina Schweikert to Senior Women's Administrator in addidtion to her duties with softball.

ALABAMA - Named former Michigan student manager Adam Arbour as volunteer assistant coach.

FORDHAM - Named former Arkansas pitching coach Kyle Jamieson and former Southern Miss assistant coach Melissa Inouye to the same positions. 

GEORGE WASHINGTON - Named former Texas A&M player Holly Farris as assistant coach.

GEORGIA - Named former Southern Force Softball organization coach Tara Archibald as assistant coach.

KENNESAW ST. - Named former Reinhardt assistant coach Leigh Wintter to the same position.

MEMPHIS - Named former McNeese St. assistant coaches Andy Lott and Heather Mosser to the same positions.

PITTSBURG ST. - Named former Southeast Missouri St. assistant coach Elizabeth Economon as head coach.

REINHARDT - Promoted head coach Glen Crawford to assistant athletic director of compliance in addition to his duties with softball. 

SAGE COLLEGES - Named Jamie Brown, most recently the assistant coach at Southern Utah, as head coach.

STANFORD - Announced that head coach John Rittman has signed a five-year contract good through the 2016 season. 

TEXAS PERMIAN BASIN - Named former Florien HS (La.) head coach Annalyn Burch to the same position.

UMBC - Announced an extension to head coach Joe French's contract though the 2014 season. 

WESTERN CAROLINA - Promoted assistant coach Jim Clift to head coach.

September 21, 2011

ARIZONA ST. - Named former Wright State assistant coach Annie Voyles as director of operations.

AUSTIN PEAY - Named former Northwestern St. player Kayla Cole as assistant coach.

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST - Named former Arizona player Taryne Mowatt as assistant coach.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT - Named former Arizona St. player Katie Burkhart as assistant coach.

ITAWAMBA CC - Named former East Union HS (Miss.) head coach Andy Kirk to the same position.

IOWA LAKES CC - Named former Southwest Minnesota St. head coach Shawn Semler to the same position.

IUPUI - Promoted Jana Fields to full-time assistant coach and named former St. Leo head coach Christi Wade as assistant coach.

JAMES MADISON - Named former Austin Peay assistant Kristen Erb to the same position.

LOURDES - Named Jo Ann Gordon, most recently the head coach at Toledo, as the first head coach in program history.

MARYLAND - Named former player Amber Jackson as assistant coach.

OREGON ST. - Named former Virginia assistant coach Geoff Hirai and four-time Olympic softball medalist Laura Berg as assistant coaches.

MASSACHUSETTS-LOWELL - Named former Merrimack player Kara Melillo as assistant coach.

MERRIMACK - Named former Boston College associate head coach Jill Karwoski as head coach.

RIO GRANDE - Named former Wright St. volunteer assistant coach Kristen Bradshaw as head coach.

ST. PETER'S - Named former Bergen CC head coach Karen Strittmatter as assistant coach.

SHEPHERD - Promoted Jess Detrick from part-time assistant coach to full-time assistant coach.

UTAH ST. - Named former William Jessup head coach Jessica Pistole as assistant coach.

WEBER ST. - Named former Utah St. assistant coach Nikki Palmer to the same position and former Utah St. player Kate Greenough as graduate assistant.

WEST GEORGIA - Named former UNC-Pembroke assistant coach Amanda Thomas to the same position. 

WILLIAM JESSUP - Promoted assistant coaches Kevin Amick & Jim Wetzl to co-head coaches.

WRIGHT ST. - Named former Rio Grande head coach Dawnjene DeLong as assistant coach. 

September 7, 2011

ALBANY - Named fromer Army assistant coach Stacy Birk to the same position.

ARMY - Named former South Dakota State assistant coach Benet Higgs to the same position.

CONCORDIA (MI) - Promoted assistant coach Greg Brierley to head coach.

DEPAUL - Promoted director of operations Samantha Findlay to assistant coach.

EASTERN MICHIGAN - Named former Concordia (MI) head coach Marissa Young as assistant coach.

FRANK PHILLIPS - Promoted assistant coach Lucas Grider to head coach.

GEORGIA ST.- Named former Georgia Tech assistant Todd Downes to the same position and promoted volunteer assistant Amy Dumas to assistant coach.

HILLBERT - Announced the resignation of head coach Melissa Markle.

MERCER - Named former LSU associate head coach James DeFeo as head coach.

MOREHEAD ST. - Named former Mars Hill head coach David Williams to the same position.

PORTLAND ST. - Named former Ohio State player Megan Miller as assistant coach

QUEENS (NY) - Promoted head coach Brian DeMasters to associate director of athletics and promoted associate head coach John Pisano to interim head coach.

UC DAVIS - Announced the resignation of assistant coach Venus Taylor and named former Menlo assistant coach Danielle Stines to the same position.

UC RIVERSIDE  - Named former Savannah Art & Design assistant coach Michell Vlahos to the same position.

VIRGINIA - Named former Maryland assistant coach Yolanda McRae to the same position.

YAVAPAI - Promoted assistant coach Lisa Parks to head coach.


August 24, 2011

ALLEGHENY - Named former John Carroll player Jamie Colley as assistant coach.

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL - Announced the retirement of head coach and NFCA Hall of Famer Judy Groff and named former Albany assistant coach Mairin Dudek as her replacement.


ARKANSAS - Named former Florida volunteer assistant coach Coy Adkins as assistant coach and former player Whitney Cloer as volunteer assistant coach.

ARKANSAS TECH - Named former American Freedom Gold (Texas) head coach Randall Trout and former player Tiphani Moon as assistant coaches.


BELMONT - Promoted former graduate assistant Ashley Taylor to assistant coach.

CALIFORNIA BAPTIST - Promoted assistant coach Bill Baber to head coach. 


CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY  - Named former player Homa Shafii as assistant coach.


CENTRAL MISSOURI - Named former Hutchinson CC associate head coach Jana Williams as assistant coach.


CHARLESTON (WV) - Named former Arkansas Tech assistant coach Raymond Loeser as head coach.


CHESTNUT HILL  - Named former Philadelphia head coach John Kelly to the same position.

CHOWAN - Named former Kalamazoo head coach Brian DeWitt as assistant coach.

COLGATE - Promoted assistant coach Jaime Grillo to interim head coach.

DEPAUL - Named former player Jackie Tarulli-Fisher as director of operations.


DOMINICAN (CA) - Named former St. Mary's (Calif.) assistant coach Roni Sparrey as head coach.


ELON - Promoted assistant coach Kathy Bocock to interim head coach.

EMBRY-RIDDLE (FL) - Named former Kennesaw State assistant coach Sarah Lockett as head coach. 

EMORY - Named former Chattanooga assistant coach Lee Dobbins to the same position.

FERRIS ST. - Promoted assistant coach Dawn Thompson to interim head coach. 


FLORIDA ST. - Named former Stephen F. Austin assistant coach Craig Snider and former professional baseball and softball player Travis Wilson as assistant coaches.

FORT HAYS ST. - Promoted assistant coach Erin Kinberger to head coach. 


FRANCIS MARION - Named former CCBC Catonsville assistant coach Jessica Vetock to the same position.


FRANKLIN PIERCE - Promoted assistant coach Christine Grenache to head coach.


GEORGIA COLLEGE - Named former Central Baptist player Kayla Lucas as graduate assistant.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN  - Named former Mississippi State associate head coach Annie Smith as head coach.

GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN  - Named former Savannah State assistant coach Samantha Floyd to the same position.

GLENVILLE ST.  - Named former West Georgia assistant Mandy Sansbury as head coach.

GRAND VALLEY ST. - Named former Ferris State Keri Becker head coach as associate athletic director and senior women's administrator.

HILLSDALE - Named former Whitworth head coach Joe Abraham to the same position.

INDIANA WESLEYAN - Named former MidAmerica Nazarene head coach Steve Babinski to the same position.

KEYSTONE - Named former player Karly Evans as head coach.

LANDER - Named former coach Doug Spears as the interim head coach for the 2011-2012 season.

LIBERTY - Named former Liberty Christian Academy (Va.) head coach Brian Hensley as assistant coach. 

LSU - Named former Florida International assistant coach Lindsay Leftwich to the same position.

MCNEESE ST. - Named former California Baptist head coach Mike Smith to the same position. 

MERRIMACK - Announced the resignation of head coach Elaine Schwager. 


METRO ST. - Named former San Francisco State assistant coach Kristi Lansford as head coach.

MIDAMERICA NAZARNE - Named former Johnson County Community College head coach Kelly Latendresse to the same position.

MISSISSIPPI - Named former Wichita State head coach Mike Perniciaro and former Memphis assistant coach Julie Meyer as assistant coaches.

MINNESOTA-DULUTH - Named Stan Karich as assistant coach.

MINNESOTA ST. MOORHEAD - Promoted interim head coach Kelsey Fehl to head coach. 

MOUNT OLIVE - Promoted volunteer assistant coach Craig Hurba to assistant coach.

NORTH CAROLINA - Named former Troy assistant coach Mick Hokanson to the same position.

NORTH CAROLINA ST. - Named former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi assistant coach Lisa Norris to the same position.


NORTH DAKOTA - Named former Eastern Michigan assistant Eric Oakley as head coach.


NORTH GEORGIA - Named former Flagler assistant coach Megan Burke to the same position.

NORTHWESTERN (IA) - Named former Iowa Mennonite School head coach Chris Nachtigall to the same position. 


OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE  - Named former West Virginia Tech assistant coach Meghan Mulcahy to the same position.


PHILADELPHIA - Promoted assistant coach Joseph Long to head coach.

QUEENS (NC) - Named former Kean assistant coach Melanie Helterbran to the same position.

RADFORD - Named former Georgia Southern head coach Maggie Johnson as assistant coach. 

RHODES - Named former Holy Cross assistant coach Luke Wagner as head coach.

SAMFORD - Named former Lander head coach Brandon Duncan as assistant coach. 


SOUTHWESTERN BAPTIST - Announced the resignation of head coach Christy Wiseman.


STEPHEN F. AUSTIN - Promoted student assistant Alex Meng to assistant coach.

TEXAS A&M - Named former North Carolina player Danielle Spaulding as volunteer pitching coach.

TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI - Named former Texas-San Antonio interim head coach Stephanie Hughes as head coach.

TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN - Announced the resignation of head coach Angela Kenney. 

TEXAS WOMAN'S - Named former Northwood (Texas) head coach Sena Horne as assistant coach.


TIFFIN - Named former Wayne State (Mich.) assistant coach Casey Hanes to the same position.


WASHBURN - Named former Metro State interim head coach Vanessa Becerra as head coach.

VIRGINIA-WISE - Named former Chowan assistant Karen Burnette as head coach. 


WESTERN NEW MEXICO - Promoted assistant coach Angela Slaugh to head coach.


WHEELING JESUIT - Named former Carlow associate head coach James Walker as head coach.

WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE - Announced the resignation of head coach Heather Townsend.

August 10, 2011

ARIZONA ST. - Named former Western New Mexico head coach and athletic director Scott Woodard to the coaching staff.

BOSTON COLLEGE - Named former Colgate head coach Ashley Obrest to the same position.

BRADLEY - Named former Louisiana-Lafayette assistant coach Chris Malveaux to the same position.

CAMPBELL - Promoted graduate assistant coach Nikki Prier to assistant coach and named former USC Upstate and current Akron Racers player Morgan Childers as graduate assistant/pitching coach. .

DAKOTA COUNTY TECHNICAL - Named former Macalester head coach Tom Cross to the same position.

DELTA ST. - Named former Connecticut player Julie Towers as graduate assistant coach.

EMMANUEL - Named former Simmons assistant coach Hannah Angel as head coach.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL - Named former Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Jake Schumann to the same position.

GEORGIA COLLEGE - Named former Lynn assistant coach Brittney Bennett to the same position.

ILLINOIS ST. - Promoted long-time assistant coach Tina Kramos to associate head coach.

INDIANA - Named former Michigan volunteer assistant coach Becky Marx Keogh as assistant coach.

LAMAR - Named former Morehead State head coach Holly Bruder to the same position.  In 2013, Lamar will field its first softball team since 1987.

LETOURNEAU - Promoted assistant coach Kate Bell to head coach and named former Ouachita Baptist assistant coach Mike Bell to the same position.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL - Named former Christian Brothers assistant coach Leila Dolfo to the same position.

LOUISIANA COLLEGE - Named former Alexandria Senior HS (La.) head coach Mark Rosier to the same position.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE - Named former St. Thomas More HS (La.) head coach Joy Webre-LeBlanc as assistant coach.

LYNN - Named former Bethune-Cookman assistant coach Amy Bellisari as head coach.

MACALESTER - Named former Wisconsin-River Falls head coach Jody Gabriel to the same position.

MASSASOIT CC - Named Christine Semler as head coach. 

MEMPHIS - Named former McNeese State head coach Natalie Poole to the same position.

SAMFORD - Named U.S. Women's National Team member Ashley Holcombe Bell as assistant coach.

ST. AUGUSTINE'S - Named former Southern Durham HS (N.C.) softball, volleyball and women's basketball head coach Lynikka Bynum as head coach of softball and volleyball.

ST. FRANCIS (PA) - Named former Seton Hill head coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift to the same position.

SETON HILL - Promoted assistant coach Samantha Hurst to interim head coach.

SOUTH CAROLINA ST. - Named Tonja Braxton, most recently head coach at Howard, to the same position.

SOUTH DAKOTA ST. - Named former San Diego assistant coach Kim Aggabao as head coach.

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS - Named former Paris Junior College head coach Corey Lyon to the same position.

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI - Named Kirsten Voak, most recently an assistant coach at Arizona State, and former Mesa Community College head coach Jon Malgradi as co-head coaches. 

TEXAS LUTHERAN - Named former Brenham HS (Texas) head coach Wade Wilson to the same position.

TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO - Announced it will retain Michelle Cheatham as assistant coach and named former Texas A&M player Megan Gibson as the other assistant.

UC DAVIS - Promoted volunteer assistant coach Jessi Gibson to assistant coach and named Venus Taylor as assistant coach. 

VALPARAISO - Named former Italian Women's National Team member Leslie Malerich as assistant coach and named former player KC Boldt as graduate assistant.

WARTBURG - Named former Bethany Lutheran head coach Leigh Ann LaFave to the same position.

WICHITA ST. - Named former Winona State assistant coach Samantha Sheeley as pitching coach and former Oklahoma player and staff member Samantha Ricketts as assistant coach.


July 27, 2011
ALABAMA - Named former Samford head coach & Alabama player Stephanie VanBrakle as pitching coach.

ARIZONA - Named former UC Davis assistant coach & Arizona player Alicia Hollowell as Director of Operations.

COLGATE - Promoted interim head coach Ashley Obrest to head coach.

CULVER-STOCKTON - Named former player Aron Porter as head coach.

DELAWARE - Named former Charlotte player Tenaya Tucker as assistant coach.

FLAGLER - Named former player Sam Boatner as assistant coach.

FREDONIA ST. - Promoted assistant coach Nicole Loudin to head coach.

HAMILTON - Promoted assistant coach Bill Spicer to head coach. 

ILLINOIS-CHICAGO - Named former Central Michigan assistant coach Sami Baugh to the same position.

INDIANA ST. - Named former Iowa Lakes CC head coach Shane Bouman to the same position.

JACKSONVILLE - Promoted assistant coach Ali Higgs to head coach.

LOWER COLUMBIA - Announced the retirement of head coach Tim Mackin and named assistant coach Brent Harris as interim head coach.

JACKSONVILLE - Promoted assistant coach Ali Higgs to head coach. 

MCNEESE SATE - Promoted student assistant Heather Mosser to assistant coach.

MONTANA ST.-BILLINGS - Promoted interim head coach Lisa Allen to head coach.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTAL - Named former Campbell assistant coach Theresa Stephens as head coach.

OBERLIN - Named former Case Western assistant coach Mimi Mahon as head coach. 

PRESBYTERIAN - Named former James Madison assistant Kama Tucker as head coach.

RENSSELAER - Promoted interim head coach Amber Maisonet to head coach.

SAGINAW VALLEY - Extended the appointment of interim head coach Tim Rousse through the 2011-2012 season. 

SAMFORD - Promoted assistant coach Mandy Burford to head coach.

ST. EDWARD'S - Named former US Women's National Team members Lindsay Gardner and Cat Osterman as head coach and assistant coach, respectively.

ST. JOHN'S (NY) - Named former Florida State assistant coach Tommy Santiago to the same position.

TRANSYLVANIA - Named former John Carroll assistant coach Kim Tackett as head coach. 

UNLV - Promoted volunteer assistant coach Kendall Fearn to assistant coach.

UTAH - Named former UNLV assistant coach Maggie Livreri to the same position.

WESLEY - Named former Keystone head softball and volleyball coach Julie Grepp to the same positions. 

WESTFIELD ST. - Named former head coach of The Sage Colleges Lindsay Sawyer to the same position.

WEST LIBERTY - Named Jim Bacca, most recently head coach at Davis & Elkins, as head coach and named Kristina Bacca as assistant coach.

WHITWORTH - Named former Kingsburg HS (Calif.) head coach Cristal Brown to the same position.

WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT - Named former Dakota County Technical College head coach Jill Millis to the same position.


July 13, 2011
ARIZONA - Named former Yavapai head coach Stacy Iveson as assistant coach.


CAL ST. BAKERSFIELD - Named former Oregon State assistant coach Crissy Buck as head coach.

MISSISSIPPI - Named former Memphis head coach Wendy Thees to the same position.


MISSISSIPPI ST. - Named former Western Kentucky assistant coach Beth Mullins and Tuscaloosa County HS (Ala.) Alan Reach as assistant coaches.


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE - Named former St. Louis assistant coach Katie Wagner to the same position.


TEXAS-DALLAS - Named former SUNY Cortland assistant coach Brad Posner as head coach.


June 29, 2011

EMPORIA ST. - Named former Fort Hays State head coach Julie LeMaire to the same posiiton.

KING (TN) - Named former Rhodes head coach David Hicks as athletic director.

LSU - Named former Florida International head coach Beth Torina to the same position and named former Southern Mississippi head coach Howard Dobson as assistant coach.

MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY - Named former player Julia Culotta has assistant coach.

MISSISSIPPI ST. - Named former Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as head coach.

TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO - Named former Jacksonville head coach Amanda Lehotak to the same position.  

WESTERN CAROLINA - Announced the resignation of head ocach Christine Hornak.

WEST GEORGIA - Named former Lynn head coach Mandi Harris to the same position.

WICHITA ST. - Named former Emporia St. head coach Kristi Bredbenner to the same position.