PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Former assistant coach Amy McGuire has been named the interim head coach of the Shawnee State softball team, athletic director Jeff Hamilton announced this week.
“We are excited to bring Coach McGuire in as one the new leader of our softball program,” Hamilton said. “As a fantastic former player, Amy brings a knowledge of this program and knows what it takes to win. As a former assistant, she understands how to bring the best out of our student-athletes.”
McGuire, an SSU graduate, was inducted into the Shawnee State Athletics Hall of Fame as a softball player in the inaugural class in 2000. As a player, she batted .333 with a .924 fielding percentage. She also led the Bears to their first NAIA National Tournament appearance.
“I am extremely thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to coach at Shawnee State,” McGuire said. “I will work just as hard to be successful as a coach as I did when I took the field as a player for the Bears.”
McGuire takes the reins of the SSU softball program, replacing long-time coach and SSU Hall of Famer (Class of 2005) Ralph Cole. Cole and McGuire share an even deeper connection, as the new coach is the daughter of the former.
“I was here when Coach Cole began his career, and fortunate enough to be here when he finished it with over 600 wins,” McGuire said. “He has set the standards high. I can only hope to follow in my father’s footsteps and continue his winning ways.”
Cole retired as head coach following the completion of the 2013 season. McGuire now takes over as the skipper for a club that returns several starters from last season, as well as a wealth of fresh faces.