Monday, June 29, 2015

News Roundup 6/29

  • Former Western Kentucky & Ball State head coach Tyra Perry has been announced as the new Illinois head coach. She replaces Terri Sullivan, who retired this offseason, and comes to the Fighting Illini after spending the last two seasons at Ball State. She led the Cardinals to a 67-44 record in her two years there, including a MAC tournament championship and the program's first-ever NCAA tournament victory this season. She has also served as head coach at Western Kentucky and Birmingham-Southern and holds a 409-388-1 career record.
  • Former Mizzou great Ashley Fleming has been hired as the head coach at Division 2 McKendree. Tigers legend Chelsea Thomas was also hired as the program's first assistant/pitching coach. The duo both move from Saint Louis University, where they both served as assistants. Fleming has also served as an assistant at Central Methodist. McKendree is located in Lebanon, Illinois, considered a part of the greater St. Louis area.
  • Former LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Yvette Girouard was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Natchitoches. With 1,285 career victories to her name, as well as five Women's College World Series appearances, Girouard helped build two perennial championship-contending programs. Girouard's HOF class featured eight individuals, including former NFL players Jake Delhomme and Kevin Faulk and newly-minted Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball coach Avery Johnson.
  • The driver of the 18-wheeler that caused the deadly crash last fall that took the lives of four North Central Texas College softball players has turned himself into authorities and will answer four counts of manslaughter. Russell Staley, 53, was driving the 18-wheeler that crossed the median and crashed into the NCTC bus carrying the softball team. Four players - Meagan Richardson, 19; Brooke Deckard, 20; Katelynn Woodlee, 18; and Jaiden Pelton, 20 - were killed in the crash. No reasoning was given as to why Staley has remained free since the crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board has said that a final report with a possible cause of the crash could take up to a year to complete.

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