Following a national search, Montana University named Mel Meuchel head softball coach.
Meuchel, who has been an assistant for the Grizzlies since the program's inception. replaces Jamie Pinkerton, who stepped down in early August to take over the program at Iowa State.
Meuchel, a Missoula native, said the coaching position is a dream come true.
"Everybody in the family, on both sides, from aunts to uncles to cousins, whether they played or coached, it's kind of been a family tie," said Meuchel, who was not only brought up around softball. She said she has been a Grizzly since birth.
A graduate of Missoula’s Big Sky High, Meuchel played collegiately for Mesa State in Colorado.
It's also where she got her start as a student assistant coach in 2001. She spent two years as an assistant at McNeese State before joining Oklahoma's staff, just four years after the Sooners won their first national championship in 2000.
Oklahoma went 50-17 in 2005, in Meuchel's one season coaching under Gasso, and advanced to Super Regionals. After the season, Meuchel was hired to be the pitching coach at Nevada-Reno., where Meuchel coached at Nevada for seven years and three times the Wolf Pack advanced to an NCAA regional.
"My vision is similar to what I've always known about Grizzly Athletics. You find the right people who are the right fit, and you demand excellence at all times."
PIERCE TABS COBURN AS COACH
Amber Coburn has been named head coach for the Pierce College Softball program.
Coburn was a standout pitcher at Coeur d’Alene High School (ID), earning All-State honors for three years, and setting a state record with four shutout performances in state tournament play. She went on to Delaware State University where she pitched for two seasons for the Hornets (2010 & 2011).
Coburn replaces Mark Edmonston, who has joined St. Martin's University (Lacey, WA), as an assistant head coach. Edmonston was 262-180 in ten seasons with the Raiders (.593 win percentage), making him the winningest coach in program history.
Prior to Pierce, Coburn was the head coach at Emerald Ridge High School (Puyallup, WA.) for two years, after serving on the coaching staff at Puyallup High School for two seasons.
Originally from Montana, Coburn lives in Puyallup, WA.
WYATT TO LEAD WYNATCHE SOFTBALL
Wenatchee Valley College has named Laurel Wyatt as the new head softball coach.
A native of Ellensburg, Wyatt is a Wenatchee Valley College alum who played under Coach Shelly Pflugrath during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. She also coached alongside Pflugath for five seasons.
Wyatt is a former team captain at both Wenatchee and Boise State University.
Wyatt spent five seasons as the assistant softball coach for the WVC Knights from 2010 through 2014, a tenure that included the WVC NWAC championship season in 2013.
Wyatt earned a B.A, in Community Health with a minor in coaching from Eastern Washington University. She replaces Michael Garoutte as head coach. Garoutte is now the head coach at Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake, Wa.).