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Head Coaching Carousel and Buzz

Courtesy of Florida Athletics

There have been some interesting twists recently in the coaching world. We saw a Head Coach leave his position for an Assistant position as well as some Head Coaches changing addresses.

Mike Bosch Leaves Syracuse to Become Gators Assistant Coach

After three seasons as Head Coach of the Orange, Mike Bosch was hired Friday by Tim Walton to be an assistant coach of the Gators. Bosch will handle the pitchers, replacing Jennifer Rocha, who left to become the pitching coach at her alma matter Oklahoma. Bosch spent four years overall at Syracuse.

Miranda Kramer Named Interim Head Coach at Syracuse 

The Orange announced on Friday that Miranda Kramer would be the interim Head Coach while they go through a National search. Kramer has been the assistant coach at Syracuse for three seasons. Kramer is under consideration for the Head Coaching job sources tell FastpitchNews.

Megan Smith Leaves Kansas To Become Marshall Head Coach

After nine years as Head Coach of the Kansas Jayhawks program, Megan Smith is changing addresses as Smith was named the new Head Coach at Marshall. Smith led the Jayhawks to six consecutive 30-win seasons and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015. The 2015 campaign yielded the first 40-win season for the program in 23 years.

Sources tell Fastpitch News that Smith was to enter 2019 in the last season of her contract and Kansas has recently made changes in the administration including the hiring of a new Athletic Director.  That plus being closer to home, as Smith from North Carolina, added to Smith making a move.

Beth Golitko Remains Head Coach at Western Illinois

After serving as the interim head coach through the 2018 season, Western Illinois’ Beth Golitko has been promoted to the Leathernecks’ full-time Head Coaching position.

Golitko was an assistant on Holly Van Vlymen’s staff when Van Vlymen left the position to become a full-time athletic administrator. Golitko was elevated to interim head coach last fall and held the position through the 2018 season.

The Leathernecks posted a 17-31 overall record, but went 9-6 in the Summit League, finishing third in the conference standings. The squad saw seven players nominated for the all-conference team and earned their first win over a Power Five opponent in three years with a 2-1 victory over Iowa in April.

Golitko has spent nearly her entire coaching career in Macomb following a four-year playing career with the Leathernecks.

Toledo Names Joe Abraham New Head Coach

Toledo named Joe Abraham new Head Coach this past week. Abraham comes to Toledo after seven seasons as the Head Coach at DII Hillsdale College. Before Hillsdale, Abraham was the Head Coach at DIII Whitworth from 2008-2011. Abraham replaces Kristen Butler who left on June 8th  to become the new Head Coach at Rutgers. Abraham shared some of his thoughts to a Toledo TV station.

There have already been more Head Coaching changes this off-season then there was all of last year. There has been to this point 48 Head Coaching moves this season in D1. There was 40 all of last year. Here is an updated chart on all Head Coaching moves this off-season.

SchoolPrevious CoachNew Coach
Alabama A&MNakeya Hall
Arkansas-Pine BluffKevin Montgomery
Austin PeayRodney DeLong
Boise StateCindy BallMaggie Livreri
BrownKatie Flynn
BryantShayne LotitoNick French
CampbellTodd BradleySharonda McDonald
Central FloridaRenee Luers-GillispieCindy Ball
Cleveland StateBecky Norris
DelawareJohn Seneca
DePaulEugene LentiTracie Adix-Zins
FordhamBridget OrchardMelissa Inouye
FurmanWally King (Interim)Wally King
George WashingtonJames DeFeo
GramblingWilbert EarlyNakeya Hall
HofstraLarissa AndersonJay Miller
IonaMelissa Inouye
IowaMarla LooperRenee Luers-Gillispie
Jackson StateDarnell WalkerKevin Montgomery
KansasMegan Smith
Kennesaw StatePete D'AmourTripp MacKay
LamarHolly BruderAmy Hooks
LouisvilleSandy PearsallHolly Aprile
MarshallJen SteeleMegan Smith
MissouriGina Fogue (Interim)Larissa Anderson
Morehead StateDavid WilliamsSamantha Jones
NC StateShawn RychcikJennifer Patrick-Swift
North TexasTracey KeeRodney DeLong
OmahaDJ SanchezAmanda Rivera-Eberhart
OregonMike WhiteMelyssa Lombardi
PittsburghHolly Aprile
PresbyterianBritne StubbsDavid Williams
ProvidenceKerri JackletsJill Karwoski
QuinnipiacJill Karwoski
RutgersJay NelsonKristen Butler
Saint FrancisJennifer Patrick-SwiftJessica O'Donnell
Saint Mary'sJessica RodgersSonja Garnett
Sam Houstom StateBob BrockGarrett Valis
Southern UtahTom GrayKortny Hall
SyracuseMike BoschMiranda Kramer (Interim)
TexasConnie ClarkMike White
ToledoKristen ButlerJoe Abraham
UABAmanda Ellis (Interim)Jimmy Kolaitis
UMBCHeather Gelbard
VillanovaMaria DibernardiBridget Orchard
Virginia TechScot ThomasPete D'Amour
Western IllinoisBeth Golitko (Interim)Beth Golitko
WinthropMark CookeWindy Thees

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