Just a few weeks before the season Mizzou Athletic Director Jim Sterk decided to move on from head coach Ehren Earleywine, and replaced him with interim Gina Fogue. The women’s softball season was a battle under Fogue who did an admirable job under tough circumstances, but after the season wrapped up Sterk notified Fogue and her staff that they wouldn’t be retained beyond the interim title.
It really didn’t take Sterk long to find a replacement, today naming former Hofstra head coach Larissa Anderson as the next head coach for Mizzou softball.
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Larissa Anderson has been named the 10th head coach of @MizzouSoftball!Welcome to the #Mizzou family, @CoachLarissaA!
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In a statement from Sterk:
“I am thrilled that we were able to recruit Larissa Anderson to Mizzou and am confident that she will build upon the great Tiger Softball tradition that has been established over the last 44 seasons in Columbia,” said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. “She is highly-respected within the coaching community, enjoys an outstanding reputation for player development and has had tremendous success at Hofstra, first as an assistant coach, and then for the last four seasons as head coach.
“From the beginning of our search, our goal was to find a coach who has demonstrated success, academically and on the field, while also sharing our values to Win It Right and I believe we have found that and more in Larissa,” he added. “I look forward to watching Larissa build upon our great tradition and compete for postseason appearances and championships for many years to come.”
Anderson held a record of 125 - 69 - 1 during her time as Hofstra’s head coach, including two league titles.
A released statement from Anderson:
“I am very proud and honored to be the next head softball coach at Mizzou,” Anderson said. “I want to thank Gina (Fogue) and her staff for their loyalty and dedication to Mizzou Softball. Our future is very bright and I’m ready to get to work to start a new era of Mizzou Softball.”
For more information on the hire you can view Mizzou’s press release here: Larissa Anderson Named @MizzouSoftball’s 10th Head Coach
A introductory press conference will be held in June once the Women’s College World Series wraps up. So for now... WELCOME TO MIZZOU LARISSA!