Softball Coach Shanda Ness Announces Resignation

Posted on May 26th, 2005 by

Shanda Ness

Shanda Ness

Gustavus Adolphus College head softball coach Shanda Ness has resigned her position effective immediately, Athletic Director Al Molde announced on Wednesday.

Ness, a 1993 graduate of Northern State University, has directed the Gustavus softball program for the past eight years. Her teams compiled an overall record of 164-120 for a winning percentage of .577. In league play, Ness’ teams posted a mark of 116-60 for a winning percentage of .659. In 2003, the Britton, South Dakota native, directed the Gusties to a record of 27-11 and earned the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament bid. The team won the MIAC title with a record of 21-1. After posting a record of 26-46 in her first two seasons at Gustavus, Ness directed the Gusties to six consecutive winning seasons and a mark of 148-74 (.667).

“I am very grateful for my eight years at Gustavus,” stated Ness. “It has been a wonderful experience and I cherish the relationships I have made here.” She added, “My immediate plans include being the assistant athletic director at Camp Laurel in Readfield, Maine. I am keeping my options open for any long-term plans at this point.”

Gustavus will now begin its search for the sixth head coach in the 38-year history of the program. The Gusties have compiled an all-time mark of 487-370 (.568) winning Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles in 1990 and 2003. The athletic department will conduct a national search with the hopes of getting a new coach in place as soon as possible.


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