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Maryland softball hires Courtney Scott as new head coach

After a historically poor 2014 season, Maryland turns to a former assistant ahead of the conference move.

Maryland softball has announced their newest head coach, hiring  former Terrapin and Louisville assistant Courtney Scott. The move was made official Monday and announced in a school press release.

Scott was an assistant on former head coach Laura Watten's staff in 2009 and 2010, helping guide the Terrapins to the first of three consecutive NCAA berths in the latter season. After two seasons without a tournament appearance (including a disastrous 11-35 2014 campaign), Watten was let go.

For the past four seasons, Scott was an assistant coach at Louisville. During her time with the Cardinals, the program posted a 176-60 record and won the 2014 American Athletic Conference tournament. Louisville won the regular season and tournament conference titles in the Big East in 2012. Scott has done specifically well with pitching staffs in her time as an assistant coach, and was an All-American catcher at California-Berkeley during her playing days.

A pair of quotes from the press release:

"Courtney did a tremendous job here working with our pitchers and catchers. She is a gifted coach and while we are sorry to see her go, I am excited for her to have this career opportunity. With her playing and coaching experience and knowledge of the game, I have no doubt that she will be successful as a head coach." - Sandy Pearsall, Louisville Head Coach

"I believe I can speak on behalf of all Big Ten coaches when I say the University of Maryland has made a great hire in Courtney Scott. Courtney is a rising star in the coaching ranks. She is prepared and ready to take the reign and lead the University of Maryland Softball program. She has won everywhere she has been, and she will continue her winning ways as a Terrapin. This is an exciting day as we are adding a person with a national championship pedigree to the Big Ten Conference." - Rhonda Revelle, Nebraska Head Coach