Lombardi Hired

July 9, 2018
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Big shoes left to fill. That's what new Oregon softball coach Melyssa Lombardi walks into.

Mike White departed for Texas, leaving Oregon in his wake. White was the program's most successful coach in Oregon softball history and revitalizing the program.

With attention now set on this budding program, Rob Mullens had to act quickly in order to keep the momentum. He turned his focus onto long time Oklahoma assistant Melyssa Lombardi. Multiple sources speculated she would be Oregon's next head coach but on Monday, Oregon formally announced the hire.

From the press release:

University of Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens announced Monday that University of Oklahoma associate head coach Melyssa Lombardi has been named head softball coach for the Ducks.

Lombardi recently completed her 21st year on the staff of Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso, including the last 11 seasons as associate head coach.

Lombardi will be officially introduced as the Ducks' head coach in a press conference on Monday, July 16, at Jane Sanders Stadium. She is in Irvine, Calif., this week for the USA Softball International Cup.  

"We are thrilled to welcome Melyssa, her husband, John, and her son, Gianni, to the Oregon family," said Mullens. "Melyssa Lombardi is one of the brightest minds in college softball and has played a key role in Oklahoma's sustained success over the last 21 years.

"Her commitment to the student-athlete experience and building a championship culture were the ideal fit with our program. With the best softball stadium in the nation, the most passionate fan base and outstanding student-athletes, Melyssa will provide the leadership required to continue the success of Oregon softball. We look forward to a great future for Oregon softball."

Lombardi, the 2017 Division I assistant softball coach of the year, has been directly responsible for the Oklahoma pitchers and catchers during a tremendously successful tenure in Norman that saw the Sooners win four national championships, including two of the last three, and a total of 15 Big 12 regular season or postseason tournament titles.

 

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