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MU begins search for softball coach

MU Softball will have a new head coach in 2019. (Josh Kurelac/KRCG13)

COLUMBIA -- The Missouri softball team will have a new head coach for the 2019 season.

In a statement released Tueday, Missouri AD Jim Sterk said a national search is underway for the program's third head coach in as many years.

“A national search is underway to recruit the very best individual to lead Mizzou Softball into the future," Sterk said in a statement. "Our program enjoys a rich tradition, plays in a state-of-the-art facility and competes in the nation’s toughest conference, and it is our desire to build upon past successes moving forward. We will not utilize a search consultant in this process, and in order to protect the integrity of the search, I will have no further public comments regarding the process or the status of any candidates until the announcement of Mizzou’s next head softball coach is made.”

Missouri fired Ehren Earleywine in January after 11 seasons at the school. Gina Fogue took over as interim coach less than two weeks before the season began.

Missouri went 30-29, advancing to an NCAA Regional for the 12th straight year. But the Tigers finished last in the SEC (6-17) and failed to qualify for the conference tournament they hosted.

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