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2020 College Softball Coaching Carousel

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Almost a month after the 2020 season was cut short due to the coronavirus, Minnesota’s Jamie Trachsel was hired as the newest head coach at Ole Miss.

Since the hiring of Trachsel on April 24, various head coaching vacancies have been filled, and they span nine different conferences: SEC, Big Ten (2), Pac-12, MAAC, Summit League, C-USA, Ohio Valley, MEAC and Big South.

Following the exit of Trachsel, Minnesota hired from within, tabbing Piper Ritter as its new head coach.

Next, the coaching carousel stopped in California as legendary Cal head coach Diane Ninemire stepped down midseason due to health reasons.

The Bears hired alum and Texas assistant coach Chelsea Spencer. Sources confirmed Stacey Nuevman (SDSU) and Sam Marder (Texas Tech) were considered for the position. 

Here are all the D1 coaching changes for 2020:

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Ball State Megan Ciolli BartlettLacy WoodBryantLogo
Belmont Megan Rhodes Smith Laura MatthewsBryantLogo
BucknellJoey LyeSarah CaffreyBryantLogo
California Diane Ninemire Chelsea Spencer BryantLogo
Florida A&MVeronica WigginsConstance OrrBryantLogo
LongwoodKathy RileyDr. Megan Brown BryantLogo
Louisiana TechMaria WinnBryantLogo
Miami (Ohio)Clarisa CrowellKirin Kumar BryantLogo
MinnesotaJaime Trachsel Piper Ritter BryantLogo
Ole Miss Mike Smith Jaime Trachsel BryantLogo
Penn StateAmanda LehotakClarisa CrowellBryantLogo
San Diego Jessica PistoleMJ Knighten BryantLogo
San Jose State Peter Turner Tammy LohmannBryantLogo
Siena Bill LajeunesseCasey BumpBryantLogo
UABJimmy KolaitisJoe GuthrieBryantLogo
Western Illinois Holly Van VlymenAlisa GolerBryantLogo

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