OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced Wednesday that head softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly has accepted the head coaching position at Ohio State.
"We are thankful for the unprecedented success Kelly has brought our softball team the past six years," said Bates. "We will be searching for a new coach who can build upon this success and continue Miami's rise as one of the premiere programs of the Midwest."
Schoenly was the winningest coach in Miami softball history, finishing with a record of 188-152-1. She led the RedHawks to two Mid-American Conference Tournament titles, in 2009 and 2012. Last season, Miami finished with a record of 41-20, the most wins in school history. Led by senior two-time MAC Pitcher of the Year Jessica Simpson, Schoenly guided the Red and White to the NCAA Tournament and a 1-0 victory over fifth-ranked Tennessee in the Knoxville Regional.
"I will forever be indebted to Brad Bates and the Miami family for giving me a chance as a young head coach," said Schoenly. "Miami and the young women in this program will always hold a special place in my heart."
Also leaving the Miami program will be assistant coaches Amanda Buchholz and Christina Sutcliffe. Buchholz will be joining Schoenly as an assistant at Ohio State, while Sutcliffe was recently named the head coach at Northern Illinois.
The defending MAC Tournament Champion RedHawks will return 15 letterwinners to go with a talented recruiting class for the 2013 season. A national search will now be conducted to find the new leader of the Miami softball program.