Friday, May 9, 2014

Ole Miss, Thees Part Ways

The University of Mississippi, commonly referred to as "Ole Miss", announced yesterday afternoon that head softball coach Windy Thees has been fired. The move came after Thees' third-consecutive losing season and the second season in a row that her team posted a 3-21 mark in conference play.

In a release, Athletic Director Ross Bjork said "Although three years is a short window for most athletic programs, we have decided that an immediate change in leadership is needed for Ole Miss Softball. In the ultra-competitive SEC, our program did not show the amount of progress we had hoped for during Coach Thees' tenure. We want to thank Windy for her efforts over the past three seasons."

Through her fourteen years as a head coach, including nine at the D1 level, Thees carries a 404-337 career win/loss record. However, she posted just sixty-nine of those victories during her three years at Ole Miss, and ninety-four losses.

Although her squad finished dead last in the SEC and failed to make the conference tournament once again, 2014 wasn't all bad. Thees saw the drafting of senior outfielder RT Cantillo to the National Pro Fastpitch league, and her squad set program records in several offensive categories including hits & RBIs. 

Thees spent six years as head coach at Memphis before coming to Ole Miss. After her dismissal yesterday, she posted a tweet thanking fans: 

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