DECATUR, Ga. - Softball head coach Talya DiGirolamo has announced that she will not be returning to coach the Scotties for the upcoming season. "Coach T," as she was affectionately known, was responsible for numerous firsts for the softball program at Agnes Scott, most impressively, leading the team to NCAA tournament appearances in two of the last three seasons, the first two NCAA bids for the softball program in school history.
"Talya has been an incredible asset to our softball team and to our campus," commented Athletics Director Beth Vansant. "I cannot express enough how much she will be missed by all of us, not just as a coach but as a role model, exceptional team player, and just an overall great person."
In her first season at Agnes Scott, DiGirolamo took a program that had struggled for years, and recorded the first winning record in school history, going 19-15 during the 2011-12 campaign, including an 11-7 mark in the Great South Athletic Conference. This marked an 11-game improvement over the previous season. Over the next four seasons, she would continue to set a series of "firsts," including the team's first 20-win season in 2013-14, when the team finished 23-22 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
Her 83 wins over five years is more than double the number of wins from any previous head coach at Agnes Scott, and her career came to a close this season on a high note, as the Scotties, who were comprised of almost all first-year players, shocked the Great South Athletic Conference with a stunning tournament run, upsetting top-seeded Salem College and second-seeded Wesleyan College for the tournament crown and another NCAA bid.
A national search will begin immediately to find a successor for Coach DiGirolamo, and they will benefit from her efforts, as the team returns almost the entire lineup from the previous season.