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2017 College Softball Head Coaching Changes

On Monday, Montana announced that Melanie Meuchel who was serving as interim Head Coach would be the permanent Head Coach. Meuchel takes over for Jamie Pinkerton who left Montana for Iowa State to replace Jamie Trachsel who went to Minnesota to replace Jessica Allister who left Minnesota to go to Stanford.  Got all that?  You think that was had to keep up with How about  the following.

Appalachian State who replaced Janice Savage with Shelly Hoerner who was replaced at Georgia Tech by Aileen Morales who comes over from Radford and was replaced by Hope Creasy.  That was just part of 35 Head Coaching changes for a variety of reasons this off-season. Here is a list of all the Head Coaching changes to date in one of the most active off-seasons in recent memory.

SchoolFormer CoachNew Coach
Appalachian St.JaniceSavage        
Auburn                Clint MyersMickey Dean
Austin Peay     Shane Showalter Rodney DeLong
Bucknell              Courtnay FosterJoey Lye
Buffalo Trena Prater Mike Roberts
Colgate                 Melissa FinleyMarissa Lamison-Myers
Fairleigh DickinsonKJ KellyChris Foye
Georgia SouthernAnnie SmithKim Dean
Georgia TechShelly HoernerAileen Morales
Hartford                Sarah KalkaAngie Churchill
Incarnate WordAmanda GamboaJoe DiPietro
Indiana                Michelle GardnerShonda Stanton
Indiana StateTori MagnerMike Perniciaro
IUPUI                     Heather TarterElisabeth Beurne
Iowa StateJamie TrachselJamie Pinkerton
Jacksonville            Jennifer SteeleErica Ayers
James MadisonMickey DeanLoren LaPorte
La SalleRon ShoemakerBrooke Darreff
Lafayette                  Jexx VarnerCaitlyn de la Haba
Marshall                Shonda StantonJennifer Steele
Minnesota             Jessica AllisterJamie Trachsel
Montana              Jamie PinkertonMelanie Meuchel
New MexicoErica BeachDr. Paula Congleton
Norfolk StateHeidi CavalloJames Inzana
Oakland                Connie MinerLauren Cognigni
Radford                 Aileen MoralesHope Creasy
Rider             Jaclyn Timbo-GabeltTimko-Gabelt
Santa ClaraLisa MizeLisa Dodd
Stanford             Rachel HansonJessica Allister
Tennessee StateTom OpdenbrouwAndrea Browning
UAB               Marla Townsend(Interim) Amanda Ellis
UNLV                Lisa DoddKristie Fox
UT ArlingtonKristie FoxPeejay Brun
WagnerAngie ChurchillLindsey Ubrun
Wright StateJustine WichmanLaura Matthews

You can listen to six of the Head Coaches that changed places this off-season talk about what led them to the new place as they appeared on In The Circle on Fastpitch News podcast.

Shonda Stanton talked going from Marshall to Indiana – July 31

Jamie Trachsel talked going from Iowa State to Minnesota- August 28

Kristie Fox  talked going from UT-Arlington to UNLV- September 1

Jen Steele talked going from Jacksonville to Marshall-  October 5th

Jamie Pinkerton talked going from Montana to Iowa State- October 5th

Jessica Allister talked going from Minnesota to Stanford – October 10th



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