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sbfan

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Institution                       Previous Coach              New Coach 

Arizona State                 Wagner/Olivarez (Int.)      Trisha Ford
Belmont                        Chris Kuhlmeyer
Fresno State                  Trisha Ford                      Linda Garza
George Washington        Stacey Schramm
Holy Cross                     Brian Claypool
Hampton                       Joe DiPietro
Houston                        Kyla Holas                       Kristin Vesely
Illinois-Chicago              Michelle Venturella
Iowa State                     Stacy G.-Cesler                Jamie Trachsel
Kent State                     Karen Lindner                  Eric Oakley
McNeese State               Joanna Hardin                  James Landreneau
Nebraska Omaha           Jeanne Scarpello
North Carolina Central     Theresa Stephens
Portland State                Barb Sherwood                 Meadow McWhorter
South Dakota                 Amy Klyse                       Robert Wagner
St. Peters                      Ken Passante
Stephen F. Austin            Gay McNutt                      Nicole Dickson
Texas A&M-CC                Stephanie Hughes            Blake Miller
UC Riverside                  Linda Garza
UMBC                            Joe French
Virginia                          Blake Miller                     Joanna Hardin
Wisconsin Green Bay       Beth Spoehr
sbfan

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Iowa State is the first P5 school to make a change this season.
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Iowa state head coach has always seemed to be spoken about highly by her athletes but man we all saw this one coming. Iowa State should and could be more successful.
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Surprised and not surprised by this. Great coach and a GREAT person. Players come out of that program better people with lots to be proud of.  ISU is different from many big conference schools. Education is a big deal there. Most of their sports there is an emphasis on STUDENTathlete and not on winning at the expense of the student. In the past I think softball was looked at as "do no evil" and develop players/people that we will be proud to call Cyclones. (Also help the overall GPA) Stacy was the perfect person for that type of a program. I have never met a person with anything negative to say about her.

The challenge at ISU has always been location and consistently getting good pitchers to go to Ames. REALLY tough to get southern climate kids to go to a place with long, often brutal winters. (I know because I lived in Des Moines for 4 years) BIG12 caliber pitchers from the midwest (used to the weather) are going to be recruited by Top Big 10 schools. It also doesn't help that softball is not a major sport for young players in Iowa. The high school season is during the summer so they miss out on the travel ball season. Kids from Texas (and other warmer climes) have plenty of options with the southern Big12 teams and the SEC or even mid majors. Iowa State has good facilities and a great indoor hitting/workout building that they can play games in. (and do in the early spring)

If the ISU AD is serious about trying to compete in the BIG12 then I suggest he hire an experienced coach from a warm climate state who already has well established recruiting connections with top travel ball teams. Not an assistant looking for their first HC job. I'd suggest Texas based because there are borderline kids who will play at ISU for a chance to play in the BIG12 and they will at least get a chance to play "back home" 3-4 times a year and TX is the second largest player base in the country. That could be a draw. Also, Florida and Calif kids will be a tough sell due to climate and it's not easy to get to Ames so why hire someone with Florida or Cali connections. It'll be tough to get an established D1 coach. Maybe a solid mid-major coach or look to the DII ranks. Couple of VERY good coaches there. Blaskowski at DII West Texas A&M comes to mind. Proven recruiter. Proven winner.  Maybe Montgomery at C-USA La Tech. Solid recruiter with a knack of getting the most from his players.

No matter what plays out I am sorry to see her go and I know there will be a TON of applicants for the job. Don't envy the selection committee that process. LOL

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Kyla Holas at Houston resigned today.
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Kyla Holas at Houston resigned today.

I am shocked! Though the last two years haven't been great, Kyla is a great woman and has coached some pretty great mid major teams that could easy keep up with thr P5 schools.

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I am shocked! Though the last two years haven't been great, Kyla is a great woman and has coached some pretty great mid major teams that could easy keep up with thr P5 schools.


Any word if Ves will be considered for the HC job or will they go with a fresh face?
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I am shocked about the Houston situation as well but we have seen more and more of this over the years with long tenured coaches who certainly aren't terrible but haven't produced at a high enough level and "resign" or fired when they give the AD a viable firing reason with a sub .500 record year. Names that come to mind are Gayle Blevins @ Iowa, Joyce Compton @ USCe, Dr Graff @ Florida State, Tina Deese @ Auburn.

Just spitballing here but if Holas truly resigned on her own Ves may be given a shot but with the sub .500 record I'm guessing there were some behind the scenes issues that while not firable offenses, nonetheless were a pain for the AD/SWA to deal. The 2 down years in a row topped off by the sub .500 record and some bad losses gave the AD the public excuse he may have been looking for to make a change. Again, I'm like Sgt Schultz here...I know nothing! But I've been around athletic departments professionally for over 20 years and can read the tea leaves.
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Old Wise One: Iowa was not sub .500 when Gayle Blevins was let go.
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Iowa State should go after Darren Mueller
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Old Wise One: Iowa was not sub .500 when Gayle Blevins was let go.



Neither was Auburn when they let Deese go. The point was, without enough detail on my part, was that when there are non-firable issues behind the scenes that are more of a headache than cause, AD's will look for any reason to move someone on such as parent complaints (warranted or not) a couple of down years, sub .500 conference records, not making the conference tournament. In Gayle's case it was the parent uprising at senior day and in Tina's it was a bad SEC record and not making the tournament.
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Iowa State should go after Darren Mueller


Or maybe they can after an ex player who has head coaching experience
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Iowa State should go after Darren Mueller



I think he makes more at NDSU than Iowa State is paying. At least I think he got a raise the last time he flirted with a Power 5 job and he's getting more now than a lot of power 5 non-SEC head coaches.
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Or maybe they can after an ex player who has head coaching experience


Who do you have in mind?
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UMBC coach retiring after 35 years coaching

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Is Indiana going to make a change? Southernmost Big Ten school, gorgeous campus, nice facilities. They should not be as bad as they are and that could be an attractive job in a mediocre-at-best Big Ten. 
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Is Indiana going to make a change? Southernmost Big Ten school, gorgeous campus, nice facilities. They should not be as bad as they are and that could be an attractive job in a mediocre-at-best Big Ten. 


This would be a great place for JMU's Mickey Dean given his recruiting ties in the midwest.  However, I'm not sure he'll be easily extricated from 'the valley'.
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This would be a great place for JMU's Mickey Dean given his recruiting ties in the midwest.  However, I'm not sure he'll be easily extricated from 'the valley'.

Any school that gets Dean would be fortunate. ASU is looking ...

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I don't know much about the coaching circles, but what's the story with Allister? Will she get where she wants to go with Minnesota? I see she went to Stanford and has ties to Oregon and Georia. And she's from Texas.

Merchant also has 10 years of experience now as an assistant for 2 successful programs (Minny and UMass).
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This would be a great place for JMU's Mickey Dean given his recruiting ties in the midwest.  However, I'm not sure he'll be easily extricated from 'the valley'.


Judging from his last stint there, I doubt he will be going back.
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Judging from his last stint there, I doubt he will be going back.


??

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I believe he was an assistant coach there.
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I believe he was an assistant coach there.
That comment by you, I think we inferred that you had some dark background, aside from an undistinguished stint as an IU assistant from 2002-04
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I believe he was an assistant coach there.


Yes.  Ten years ago. Not sure how that disqualifies him now.  In fact, given his subsequent success I would think having worked there might work in his favor. Is there something I am missing?
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I don't think it ended well, but I could be way off on that. Administration might have changed as well. Who knows...
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Stephen F Austin's McNutt has resigned according to their twitter account.
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I get a feeling Rocha will be a HC this year ... 

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I get a feeling Rocha will be a HC this year ... 



Really? What makes you think she wants to be a head coach?

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Really? What makes you think she wants to be a head coach?

If offered more money and an opportunity to be HC, do you think she'll turn it down?
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Because some people just don't want to be a head coach and everything that comes along with it. Besides the fact that her family is pretty rooted now in Gainesville.
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