Duke University has hired the first-ever head coach in the school's softball history. Former North Carolina assistant Marissa Young has been named to the position, and will be tasked to build the Blue Devils program from the ground up.
With a plan in place to begin play in the ACC during the 2018 season, Young has two years to begin the recruiting process, as well as oversee the building of a stadium that is already in the works.
Young spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina, the Blue Devils' arch rivals. She has also served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, as wel as at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she spent three seasons as head coach.
A Michigan graduate and another member of the extensive Carol Hutchins coaching tree, Young ended her playing career with her name atop both offensive & pitching records in the Wolverine history books. She was three times named an all-American and earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors 2002. She was named the conference's Player of the Year in 2003.