Monday, August 31, 2015

Karen Linder Resigns from Kent State

Kent State's head softball coach Karen Linder announced her resignation from the school on Saturday.

Linder had spent the past eighteen years with the Golden Flashes program, posting 548 wins in that time span.

Under her leadership, the program has taken home seven MAC East division championships; four conference regular-season titles; and two conference tournament championships, leading to NCAA tournament appearances in 2006 & 2008.

Most recently, in 2015, the Golden Flashes took home yet another MAC East championship and Linder was named the conference's Coach of the Year.

No reason was given behind Linder's resignation; assistant coach Eric Oakley, formerly a head coach himself at North Dakota, will take the reigns of the KSU program on an interim basis. Recently-hired assistant coach Jessica Toocheck will also remain on staff.

Despite the loss of staff pitching ace Emma Johnson, KSU returns in 2016 in the conversation for another MAC title, thanks in no small part to slugging infielder Maddy Grimm.

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