5-17-2011 Division I Coaching Changes


The end of the regular season is marked each year by markedly successful coaches upgrading to more prominent venues, but also by retirements, resignations and, in some instances, by contracts not being renewed.

The 2011 season of change began with LSU coach Yvette Girouard announcing her retirements after 25 years.  This year could still be one of Girouard’s best; the Tigers are once again in the NCAAs.  (Pop quiz: which is attracting the most aspirants: the GOP presidential nomination, or, the LSU coaching job?)

If even portion of the rumors emailed to SPY have a footing in reality, the list below is but a harbinger.

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss officials announced on Monday that the contract of softball head coach Missy Dickerson would not be renewed.

“I would like to thank Missy for the time and effort she put into the Ole Miss Softball program,” said Ole Miss Executive Associate Athletic Director Lynnette Johnson. “We will begin the search for a replacement immediately.”

During her six seasons in Oxford, Dickerson led Rebels to the first three SEC Tournament appearances in school history and posted just the second winning season ever at Ole Miss with a 29-27 mark in 2010. She finished her Ole Miss career with a record of 140-193 and a mark of 48-118 in SEC play.

She holds a 252-249 record in nine seasons as a head coach, including three seasons at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Ole Miss closed out the 2011 campaign with a 14-39 mark and posted a 3-23 record in league play.

WICHITA, Kan.- Mike Perniciaro has resigned his position as the head softball coach at Wichita State University, Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced today.

“I want to thank Coach for six years of service and dedication to Shocker Athletics,” Sexton said. “We wish he and his staff the best in the future.”

Perniciaro, who took over as head coach in 2006, led the Shockers to five Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearances in his six-year tenure, including a second place finish in 2006.

Wichita State finished seventh in the conference standings the past two seasons, with a combined record of 44-68, while Perniciaro leaves with a 168-179 career record.

Under Perniciaro’s direction, 15 Shockers were named All-Missouri Valley Conference athletes, and five were honored as MVC scholar-athletes. 

TERRE HAUTE, IND.  Indiana State University Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman today (May 14) announced the resignation of Head Softball Coach Brenda Coldren. 

“Coach Brenda Coldren has been a valued member of the Sycamore Athletics coaching family for nine years,” said Prettyman.  “She has impacted the lives of many young women that have gone through our program. We thank her for her service to Indiana State University and wish her well as she pursues other opportunities,” said Prettyman.

Coldren compiled a record of 164-284 overall and 53-174 in Missouri Valley Conference play in her nine years at the helm of the Sycamore softball program.

In her tenure at ISU, Coldren led eight student-athletes to 10 All-Conference honors most recently this past season with junior Bailey Wittenauer.  She also led her 2009 team to just the university’s second appearance to the semi-finals of the MVC tournament.

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