JUNE 9 SPY UPDATE
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PETRINI RESIGNS AT PENN STATE
Robin Petrini Announces Resignation as Penn State Softball Head Coach
Nittany Lions’ Head Coach Since 1997
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State softball coach Robin Petrini has announced her resignation. According to Director of Athletics Dave Joyner, Penn State will immediately launch a national search for her successor.
“I am very appreciative of Robin’s contributions to the softball program and Penn State,” Joyner said. “Robin has developed her softball student-athletes as exemplary representatives of Penn State. We thank her for 17 years of loyal service to Penn State University, and wish her all the best.”
Petrini recently completed her 17th season at Penn State. She is the softball program’s victories leader (489-437-2) and longest-tenured head coach. Petrini was able to develop a nationally competitive softball program that since 1999 has had 11 winning seasons, nine of which included 30-plus wins. During her career, Petrini’s teams have qualified for eight of 10 Big Ten Tournaments, as well as the 2013 conference tournament (12 teams); and have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances, with the most recent appearance in 2011 (the first season a Penn State field met NCAA specifications to host). Among Big Ten teams, only Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern have had more NCAA appearances since 1999.
During Petrini’s tenure, Penn State had four NFCA All-Americans, including 2013 first-team team honoree Cassidy Bell; two National Professional Fastpitch players; one top-25 candidate for USA Softball Player of the Year (2013); the first player in program history invited to a USA National Team Tryout (2013); 48 All-Big Ten selections; 22 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections; six CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, three of whom were first-team honorees; and more than 100 Academic All-Big Ten selections.
Petrini also made her mark on the national scene. She was a member of the prestigious NCAA National Softball Committee (2008-2011), a two-term member of the All-America Selection Committee and a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Staff.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached at Penn State,” said Petrini. “I would like to thank all of the wonderful student-athletes I have coached over the years, as well as Jen McIntyre (associate head coach) and assistants who have contributed so much to the success of the Penn State Softball Program.
“I am especially grateful to Bill and Lee Beard and all our loyal donors for their roles in taking Nittany Lion Softball Park from a dream to reality,” Petrini added. “I am very proud of my role in helping to produce one of the best softball facilities in the nation – the host site for the 2011 NCAA Regional Tournament. Through the years I have been blessed with a fantastic grounds crew, support staff, booster club and fans.”
Eriksen Signs Seven-Year Contract with USF
TAMPA – The University of South Florida and head softball coach Ken Eriksen have agreed on a seven-year contract, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard announced on Saturday. Since becoming head coach in 1997, Eriksen has amassed a record of 739-381-1 and is the winningest coach in USF Athletics’ history.
“Coach Eriksen has been a part of the USF family since he was a student-athlete in the early 80s and we’re pleased we’ve entered into a long-term partnership,” Woolard said. “He has developed our softball program into one of the nation’s elite through consistent, sustained success on the field, while emphasizing the importance of strong academics and service to the community. He’s a strong leader, who has done things the right way, and we’re extremely happy he will continue to lead our program.”
During his tenure as head coach, Eriksen has ended the season with a winning record on 15 occasions. He has led 10 teams to the NCAA Regional, won a Regional Championship in 2006 and 2012, and won the 2012 Super Regional to advance to the school’s first ever Women’s College World Series. Eriksen has also won four conference titles, including a BIG EAST Regular Season title in 2008 and the program’s first BIG EAST Tournament Championship in 2013.
“The University of South Florida has been my home for over 30 years and I’m excited that will continue,” said Eriksen. “The Tampa Bay area has been so good to my family and I during that time and the support that softball receives in this area is just fantastic. Here at USF, we have been able to establish a level of success and the program is continuing to thrive. I’m thankful that President Genshaft and her staff, as well as the athletic department’s administration, have continued to give me the opportunity to grow and build this program and I look forward to seeing where we can take it in the coming years.”
Eriksen has guided USF to one 60-win season, six 50-win seasons and nine 40-win seasons. The Bulls finished 2012 ranked No. 8 in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll, their highest finish ever. USF finished the 2003 season with a 54-19 record, and Eriksen was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year. In 2004, USF finished with a record of 60-14–the highest win total in school history–and ranked 12th in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. In 1999, USF was ranked as high as No. 6 in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll during the season.
While at the helm, Eriksen has coached five All-Americans, including two-time All-American and current USF assistant Monica Triner (1998 and 1999) and current USF pitcher Sara Nevins (2012), 15 All-Region selections and seven NCAA All-Regional Team members.
In January of 2011, Eriksen was also named the head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team for 2011 and 2012, which included the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2012 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships. He became the first male in USA Softball history to represent the organization as both a player and a head coach.
Success has come off the field as well. Under Eriksen, USF has had six Academic All-Americans, nine Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal winners and one BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete. In addition, since joining the BIG EAST in 2005-06, the softball program has produced 110 BIG EAST All-Academic performers. In 2001 and 2003, USF finished first in C-USA among softball teams with a cumulative grade point average of 3.24. In 2009 during the fall, the team finished with a 3.41 GPA and was more impressive with a 3.47 GPA in the spring. Most recently, the softball program received APR Public Recognition in 2013 for having scores in the top-10 percent of its sport.
Lafayette Hires Varner
Michael Jexx Varner, 32, has been named the new head coach for the Lafayette College softball program, Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced this afternoon.
Varner was an assistant coach at Kent State University the past three seasons, working closely with the Golden Flashes’ outfielders and catchers while also mentoring all of the team’s hitters.
Jennifer Teague Will Not Return As Buffalo’s Softball Head Coach
University at Buffalo Director of Athletics Danny White has announced today that Jennifer Teague will not be returning as head softball coach next season.
“This was a very tough decision and we appreciate all that Coach Teague has done for our student-athletes and the softball program,” White said. “After a complete evaluation, we decided it was time to move in a new direction as we did not feel we were progressing toward our goal of winning Mid-American Conference Championships and competing in post-season play.”
White confirmed a national search will commence immediately.
Weber State Hires Mary Kay Amicone
OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University has announced the hiring of Mary Kay Amicone as the new head coach of the Wildcat softball program. Amicone brings a wealth of coaching experience, including more than 500 collegiate victories, to WSU.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to coach at Weber State,” Amicone said. “There are so many great things in place here and I really appreciate this opportunity to continue my coaching career here at Weber State where I began my playing career. I’m looking forward to this exciting new chapter in my life.”
Amicone, a former Weber State softball player, joins the Wildcats after nine very successful seasons as head coach at Salt Lake Community College. She led the Bruins to seven Scenic West Athletic Conference titles in the last eight years. Under Amicone SLCC advanced to three consecutive NJCAA National Championship games in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This past season she led the Bruins posted a 53-11 record and were 38-6 in conference play. In nine years at SLCC she posted an overall record of 433-99-2 and was 330-57 in conference games. She was named Coach of the Year four times in her career at Salt Lake Community College.
RACERS EDGE BANDITS
The Bandits received their first loss of the 2013 season after the Akron Racers scored two late runs in the sixth to take a 5-4 advantage.
Nikki Nemitz made her first start of the season in the circle for the Bandits, pitching 6 innings before being relieved by rookie pitcher Michelle Gascoigne, who is fresh off a Women’s College World Series championship with the University of Oklahoma.
Erin Arevalo started on the mound for the Racers and was replaced by Lisa Norris in the second who finished the game.
The Racers lit up the scoreboard first scoring three runs in the second inning. Ayumi Karino’s triple to left field scored two runners and Taylor Schlopy’s single scored Karino, giving the Racers a 3-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the second.
The Bandits responded with a run in their half of the inning after Danielle Zymkowitz’s triple to center allowed Eri Yamada to score, cutting the Racers lead to 3-1.
“Once Arkon threw the first punch at us, then we came out to play,” said Zymkowitz. “But we should have been ready to start the game like we did in the rest of the series. We fell a little bit short tonight but we still had productive at-bats. A sweep would have been nice but now we have something to work on going into the NY/NJ series.”
Chicago took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs. Zymkowitz stepped up to bat with the bases loaded and delivered an RBI single that pinch runner Kimi Pohlman scored on. Nerissa Myers was then able to score off Brittany Cervantes’ sac bunt. Vicky Galindo hit one sharp to short allowing Yamada to score, as the Bandits took a 4-3 lead heading into the fourth inning.
The Racers responded in the top of the sixth, taking a 5-4 lead after Tess Sito’s triple allowed two runners to score.
Chicago tried to rally in the seventh after Yamada hit a leadoff triple, but the squad was unable to convert any runs, resulting in their first loss of the season.
The Bandits take their first road trip of the season to face the NY/NJ Comets for a four-game series beginning Thursday, June 13. First pitch is set for 5:30 pm.
PRIDE WINS BEHIND OSTERMAN