RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland announced Wednesday that head softball coach Maria Winn has resigned due to personal reasons.
Winn, a longtime highly successful head coach on the junior college level, was announced as the sixth head coach in program history in September of last year.
“I want to personally thank Maria for her love and dedication towards our student-athletes over the past year,” said McClelland. “We knew this past year would be challenging for our softball program without a facility to call their own. They were nomads in a way, having to practice at an off-campus facility. They played 24 straight road games to start the year. Then the remainder of the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
“Despite all of those challenges, Maria worked diligently to make sure our student-athletes were coached hard and cared for on and off the field. We are forever grateful to her for that. We wish her the best in the next step of her life.”
Winn came to Ruston after a three-year stint at Tyler Junior College and a 12-year tenure at Western Nebraska Community College. She amassed 699 wins in those 15 seasons and eight appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship Tournament.
“I would like to thank Dr. (Les) Guice, Tommy McClelland and the Louisiana Tech Athletic Department for the opportunity they have given me to learn more about myself, Conference USA, and the NCAA,” said Winn. “I have genuinely enjoyed my time at LA Tech.
“I believe this experience has taught me valuable lesson both professionally and personally. The relationships I will take away from my experiences here will be irreplaceable. At this time I am taking some time to focus on my health. I want to wish the team continued success in the upcoming year and years to come.”
McClelland said a national search for the next head coach would begin immediately.
“We will work hard to find the right person to be our next head coach,” said McClelland. “Our softball program has a lot of advantages. We are located in the heart of a very talented region for softball. We boast an outstanding academic reputation. And this spring we will move into one of the top softball complexes in the south. We have a lot to sell to recruits and our next head coach.”