Monday, July 20, 2015

John Rittman Joins Gator Softball Staff

Former Kansas associate head coach and longtime Stanford head coach John Rittman has joined the Florida coaching staff.

Rittman, who helmed the Cardinal for eighteen years, heads to Gainesville after a single season on the Jayhawk staff.

During his time in Lawrence, the Jayhawks advanced to the Columbia, Missouri regional after finishing 40-15 overall. The squad finished the season fifth in the Big 12, but series sweeps over Texas Tech and Iowa State, as well as a victory over Oklahoma, highlighted their conference record.

In eighteen seasons at Stanford, Rittman amassed 711 victories including sixteen consecutive winning seasons and thirteen 40-win campaigns. Rittman's Cardinal appeared in the NCAA tournament fifteen times, going to the Women's College World Series twice, in 2001 and 2004.

Rittman's departure from Stanford was mired in controversy, but he proved at Kansas that he's still a great softball mind and one of the best coaches in the game. He replaces Kenny Gajewski at Florida who took the head coaching position at Oklahoma State.

Rittman's coaching resume also includes time spent with Team USA, as well as stops at Oregon; Minnesota; and Washington. He is married to former Oklahoma all-American softballer Lorie Fausett.

Tim Walton should enjoy having Rittman's knowledge and expertise in Gainesville, because it shouldn't be too long before the experienced and successful head coach is back at the helm of a program.

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