Missouri has hired Adam LaLonde as a new assistant coach, the program announced over the weekend. LaLonde fills the role vacated by Pete D'Amour, who accepted the head coaching position at Kennesaw State.
LaLonde is a former teammate of Mizzou head coach Ehren Earleywine on the US National Team, including the 2002 Pan Am Games' gold-medal-winning squad. LaLonde's storied playing career also includes a silver medal with the US National Team in 2003 and a first-place finish at the AAU International Championship in 2006.
This will be LaLonde's first collegiate coaching position, as well as his inaugural foray into collegiate coaching. He has recently helmed his own self-named Adam LaLonde ASA USA Softball Training Academy in Huntington, West Virginia.
In addition to filling the position of assistant coach, LaLonde will also be the Tigers' recruiting coordinator.
He joins a Missouri squad that has had a very interesting offseason, including the departure of D'Amour and several player transfers, but most notably marked by the suspicious Title IX investigation into Earleywine that raged for months but resulted in a finding of no violations.
The Tigers posted a 42-16 overall record in 2016, including a 14-10 mark in conference play. The Tigers won five conference series', including three-game sweeps of Texas A&M and Mississippi State, but went one-and-done in the SEC conference tournament and, after breezing through the regional round, ended their season in a two-game losing streak to Michigan in the Super Regional round.