In an off-season that had some blockbuster news in the world of softball involving Head Coaches, This week it was Division II turn to have big news as West Texas A&M head softball coach Kevin Blaskowski has resigned from the position. Associate Head Coach Candace Abrams will take over the day-to-day duties of the softball program during the interim.
Blaskowski did wonders restarting the Lady Buff softball program in 2006 after a 24-year absence, Blaskowski took the Lady Buffs program to national prominence. Under his guidance, West Texas A&M amassed a 467-246 record in 12 seasons under Blaskowski.
Blaskowski led the Lady Buffs to five Lone Star Conference Championships, eight-straight NCAA postseason appearances, two College World Series berths including winning the 2014 NCAA Division II NCAA National Championship.
“I am resigning to pursue a business opportunity,” Blaskowski said in West Texas A&M press release. “I would like to thank all of my current and former players for their dedication to the program, and all of the amazing fans and supporters of Buff nation for their years of support.”
The business opportunity Blaskowski refers to is that he will be the director of softball operations for DFW Express Fastpitch, an organization in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Abrams just completed her third season as West Texas A&M’s Associate Head Coach. Since arriving in Canyon, Abrams has been a part of two Lone Star Conference Championships as well as a South Central Regional Title and trip to the DII College World Series. Abrams should get a strong look as being the permanent Head Coach of the program if she chooses to be interested in the job long-term. Time will tell if the school goes with Abrams long-term or goes outside of the program for the hire.
West Texas A& M opens the season on February 1st against Augustana.