Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Southern Miss Coaching Staff Resigns; Replacements Expected Within Weeks

As first reported by the Hattiesburg [Mississippi] American, Southern Miss co-head softball coaches Jon Malgradi and Kirsten Voak (a married couple) have resigned their positions at the helm of the program.

In three seasons (2012-2014) leading the Golden Eagles program, the duo led the squad to a 49-106 record and an 18-51 mark in conference play. The team finished tenth out of thirteen teams in the conference in 2014, ahead of UTEP, Louisiana Tech, and Middle Tennessee.

Prior to coming to Southern Miss in fall of 2011, Voak spent several years at Arizona State, her alma mater, serving on Clint Myers' staff. In 2008, the Sun Devils' championship season, Voak was part of the National Coaching Staff of the Year.

Malgradi's pre-USM experience consisted of three seasons at the helm of Mesa Community College and a single season at Central Arizona College in 2008. His own athletic career as a baseball pitcher at Fresno State, was cut short due to injuries.

Assistant coach Grady Moorhead also resigned, leaving Golden Eagles administrators with a completely-empty coaching roster to fill.

Following the co-head coaches' resignation, USM athletic director Bill McGillis expects to name a successor "in the next two weeks and just keep rolling", according to a statement.

The Golden Eagles 2015 senior class includes just hurler Shelbee Rodgers, the proverbial ace of the staff and a former Louisiana-Lafayette transfer. Recently-graduated slugger Mackenzie Sher is listed as a Graduate Assistant coach on the team's official roster.

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