Larissa Anderson named MU softball coach

Larissa Anderson was named Mizzou's new head softball coach on Saturday. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

COLUMBIA -- Mizzou's search for a new head softball coach didn't last long. The school named Larissa Anderson the 10th head coach in program history on Saturday.

"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 AD Jim Sterk in a statement. "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. "I look forward to watching Larissa build upon our great tradition and compete for postseason appearances and championships for many years to come."

Anderson spent the last four years as the head coach at Hofstra. She led the Pride to 125 wins, two Colonial Athletic Association titles and two NCAA Regional appearances.

"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."

Anderson replaces Fogue, who led Mizzou to a 30-29 record as the interim head coach in 2018.

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