Once summertime arrives it can be tough to find a topic to write about sometimes so we always hope there will be news to write about. Unfortunately, the news is not always the greatest, and sadly, we are announcing that Sandy Pearsall is retiring.
Louisville saw major success including a 55-5 season and a national ranking as high as seventh in the country while only having two losing seasons. In the 19-year history Louisville has had losing records in conference play just twice and had a franchise-best 20-2 conference record in the 2012 season.
In 2000, Pearsall was named Conference USA Coach of the Year. In 2012, Pearsall and her staff were named NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Before her time with Louisville Pearsall spent several years with a handful of schools. The former Oregon State standout spent time at Pacific, San Francisco, Florida A&M, Colorado State, and Miami. She was named to the Pacific Hall of Fame and won the 1990 Western Athletic Conference Championship with the Rams.
Pearsall released a statement, "It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire from the University of Louisville. It has been a great ride, but after almost 35 years in the profession, it is time to walk away and focus on my family and my health. I am very thankful to the university, the administration, my staff, and co-workers for their hard work, support and friendship throughout the years. I am especially thankful for the players who have come through our program. They have helped lay the foundation for the success we have built here."
Softball alumna Kelsi Rynard (formerly Kelsi Jones, 2015 graduate) thanked Pearsall via a Facebook post, "To the woman who took me in and gave me a chance, I can't imagine what my life would be like without you. You kicked my ass when you needed to and you loved me when I needed it most. I'm so thankful to have played for you, to have learned from you, and to have been a very small part of your tenure. Louisville softball would be nothing without you. Sandy P, you are the greatest [heart emoji]."
Unfortunately, as always with the departure of a head coach, we will probably see an exodus of players and assistant coaches. Pitching coach Kassie Stanfill already departed to accept a job at another school a couple of weeks ago.
I'm sure we will hear more from Paulie and Worldwide regarding this announcement in the comments or upcoming articles.
On a side note still softball related, congratulations to Florida State on winning their first ever NCAA softball championship. The title is also the first in the history of the ACC. The Seminoles, who beat Louisville four times this year, won the series against Washington 2-0. When I had the chance to shoot a couple games earlier in the season while in Tallahassee and Florida State definitely looked like the team to beat then.
Louisville Has Three Selected in MLB Draft
Adam Wolf was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round, 135th overall. The lefty pitcher was a Third Team All-American and struck out over 100 batters en route to an 8-2 record in the 2018 season.
We wish these Cardinals the best of luck in the pros!
Other Cardinals in the Pros
Because of the wonky schedule with the WNBA I will keep my weekly WNBA updates on Friday, but there are a couple other UofL alums that were in town last night.
Maybe the biggest win (so far) in Lou City FC history.
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!
- Jared -