Justin's World has received a report that Monmouth head softball coach Louie Berndt has decided to retire, leaving the 2015 MAAC runners-up without a leader for their program as the fall semester is close to beginning.
The 2015 season was Berndt's sixth at the helm of the Hawks; in her six seasons, she compiled a record of 146-119 at Monmouth. She boasts 306 total career wins in thirteen seasons as a head coach.
She previously served as head coach at Marshall, as well as in various assistant positions with Ohio State; Nichols State; and Florida State twice.
Medical issues, multiple sources confirm, are behind the sudden move.
The Hawks finished 2015 with a 19-25 record, failing to make the NCAA postseason after losing in the MAAC conference championship game.
A source confirms there is no in-house candidate to replace Berndt, leaving little time for the school to find and name a replacement, even on a short-term basis.