Yesterday was apparently the day for Division 1 softball coaches to retire. Troy's Melanie Davis and UConn's Karen Mullins both announced their retirement from their respective programs, but there was no announcement more surprising than the one out of Hempstead, New York, announcing the retirement of Hofstra head coach Bill Edwards.
Edwards spent twenty-five years at the helm of the Pride and was a success from the beginning, recording a winning record in each of those seasons. Edwards ends his career with a 928-419-3 career record, good for a .687 winning percentage.
Under his guidance and leadership, the Pride went to fifteen NCAA postseason tournaments and captured ten Colonial Athletic Association titles, including the first seven in conference history.
In a statement, Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz said, "In the world of collegiate softball, the name Bill Edwards is synonymous with success, His remarkable tenure at Hofstra was marked by his student-athletes' excellence on the field and in the classroom. He built the Hofstra Softball team into a nationally prominent program and his contributions to the University community are greatly appreciated. As his distinguished career as a coach and a teacher comes to a close, I wish him the best on his retirement.”
Larissa Anderson has been promoted from assistant coach to take over the reins from Edwards. The Pride were eliminated from the NCAA tournament with 7-6 and 7-0 losses to Texas A&M in the Norman regional last weekend.
See the full press release here.