Monday, May 16, 2016

Stephen F. Austin Parts Ways with Head Coach Gay McNutt

UPDATE 5/17/16 14:30: The move has been confirmed via a press release on the school's website today. They termed McNutt's departure a "resignation".

Stephen F. Austin has parted ways with head softball coach Gay McNutt, sources have said.

McNutt wrapped up her ninth year at the helm of the Ladyjacks with the 2016 season's close, during which time she led the club to a 213-259 overall record. In her first season in Nacogdoches, McNutt led the Ladyjacks to a 36-25 record and their first-ever NCAA tournament berth at the Division I level.

Since 2010, however, SFA failed to put together a winning record and reached the 20-win mark just twice. Since the turn of the decade, McNutt led her club to a 119-189 record, including barely sub-.500 mark in the 2016 season.

Formerly the head coach at Northwestern State and Southern Miss, McNutt also spent time on the staffs of Louisiana-Lafayette and Alvin Community College, as well as a support-staff role at Houston for four years. 

A four-year Texas A&M Aggie, McNutt was an all-American player in her senior season of 1985.

Her successor will inherit a roster that includes 2016 team batting champ Brittany Lewis (.368/11/53) and workhorse pitching tandem Callee Guffey and Makayla Sikes, who combined to hold opposing hitters to a .244 batting average and collected more than 240 innings of work this season.

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