Missouri announced on Friday afternoon that they had parted ways with Missouri Head Coach Ehren Earleywine.
“I met with Coach Earleywine this morning and informed him of our decision to make a change in leadership within the softball program effective immediately,” Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk said in a release issued by Mizzou Athletics. “We do not take action of this magnitude without careful thought and consideration, however, we have lost confidence in Coach Earleywine’s leadership to foster the type of healthy environment we expect for our student-athletes, and as a result, we believe it is in the program’s best interest to make a change at this time.”
Earleywine was investigated for four months in 2016 under former A.D. Mack Rhoades for alleged verbal abuse of players. Earleywine was retained as coach for the 2017 season after Sterk was hired as athletic director.
In 11 seasons as the Tigers head coach from 2007-17, Earleywine compiled a record of 482-182 (.726), while guiding the program to 11-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with eight NCAA Super Regionals and three Women’s College World Series trips.
Missouri said that Earleywine would be paid based upon the terms of his contract, which expires June 30, 2018, and an interim successor for the 2018 season is expected to be appointed early next week.
Missouri opens the 2018 season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., against San Jose State, Feb. 8