Let’s catch you up on some headlines and other news you might have missed during our coverage of the Women’s College World Series.
- 2014 National Player of the Year Lacey Waldrop was named the winner of the 2015 Senior CLASS Award. The prestigious award is based on both academic achievement, as well as athletic performance. Waldrop was the 3rd overall pick in the 2015 NPF draft and her collegiate career ended when Florida State was eliminated in the Super Regional round at Tennessee. Other senior finalists for the award were Griffin Joiner (UK); Shelby Pendley (OU); Kaitlyn Richardson (MIN); Kaitlyn Thumann (BAY); Callie Alford (GAST); Farish Beard (USA); Ally Carda (UCLA); Cheyenne Cordes (CAL); and Kathlyn Medina (FLA).
- Loyola Marymount interim head coach and former assistant coach and player Sami Strinz had the “interim” removed from her title as she was officially named the full-time head coach of the program. Strinz returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach in June of last year after some time spent as head coach at the Division II level. She replaces Gary Ferrin, who retired after twenty-one seasons this offseason.
- North Texas star slugger Taylor Schoblocher announced that she has left the Mean Green program. She will not transfer, and will instead forgo her senior season. Schoblocher named problems with the coaching staff and head coach Tracey Kee as the main reason for her departure.
- Bucknell head coach Bonnie Skrenta, the reigning Patriot League Coach of the Year, resigned as head coach of the program. She spent three years at the helm of the Bison squad, including two years that ended with a Patriot League championship appearance.
- Illinois head coach Terri Sullivan announced her retirement. Citing family and geographical reasons for her departure, Sullivan, the only coach the program has known, stepped down after sixteen seasons leading the program. Associate Head Coach Donna Dibiase has been elevated to the position of interim head coach.
- Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross resigned from her position to “pursue other opportunities”. Also noting family obligations and a desire to spend more time with her kids, Ross left the Orange after ten years in charge. Assistant coach Mike Bosch has been named interim head coach as a search gets underway.