College Softball News

Head Coaching News and Notes

Despite being the middle of October, news around the sport involving head coaching hires are still taking place. There has also been a new extension and resignation.

Michelle DePollo resigns as Army Head Coach

Army announced on Monday night that Michelle DePollo is stepping down as Army Head Coach. DePolo departs Army with a record of 280-216 and was a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year. She led the Black Knights to a Patriot League regular season championship in 2010 and a bid to the NCAA Austin Regional in 2012.

Army’s Senior Administrator Bob Beretta will lead the team as interim head coach and a national search for a new head coach will begin at season’s end.

Kristin Vesely Agrees to Extension with Houston

Kristin Vesely has signed a two-year extension through the 2021 season.

Vesely has led Houston to back-to-back 30-win seasons including a trip to NCAA Tournament in 2018. Vesely has been with the Cougar softball program since 2011 as an assistant coach from 2011-2016.

Jennifer Williams Named New Head Coach at Dartmouth

Williams comes to Dartmouth from MIT where she spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach, becoming the winningest coach in program history. She guided the Engineers to a 168-122-1 record, which includes a 122-46-1 mark since 2015. In 2018, Williams led MIT to a 38-11-1 record, breaking 18 team records in the process and winning its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. The team also earned a spot in the DIII College World Series, finishing seventh in the nation, two years after placing fifth at the event.

Williams takes over for Shannon Doepking who left to become Syracuse’s new Head Coach.

Venus Taylor Named New Head Coach at Charleston Southern

Taylor spent four seasons as the head coach at Judson University compiling a 133-80-1 overall record with the Eagles. She posted successful campaigns in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference over her four years with an impressive mark of 64-28-1 in CCAC games. Each of her four seasons featured a berth to the NCCAA World Series and she added a pair of CCAC tournament appearances to her totals.

Here is an updated look on all the Head Coaching moves this off-season.

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