SIUE’s Finigan Trying to Earn Respect After Initial Backlash

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P.J. Finigan was prepared for the backlash. He knew how the optics would look to everyone in college softball.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville named Finigan the interim softball coach in July after he spent the previous two seasons as an assistant baseball coach at SIUE.

Picking a baseball coach without any previous experience in softball raised plenty of eyebrows, especially since the same opportunities aren’t offered to any female softball coaches with baseball. The press release announcing Finigan’s transition fueled even more emotion.

Many felt some[…]