Scott named as Terps new softball head coach

terps logoThe University of Maryland has hired a new head coach to lead the Terrapins’ softball program.

Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson has announced the hiring of Courtney Scott as head coach.

Scott, a former Maryland assistant in 2009 and 2010, has been part of coaching staffs that have made seven NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight seasons. She replaces Laura Watten who stepped down in June after nine years at the helm.

“We would like to welcome Courtney back to the University of Maryland,” said Anderson. “Courtney is a tremendous coach who has had success at every level of collegiate softball. She played a major role in Maryland’s success during her time as an assistant coach and we are thrilled to have her guide the softball team into the Big Ten Conference.”

Scott spent the last four seasons as an assistant at Louisville where she helped guide the Cardinals to the inaugural 2014 American Athletic Conference tournament crown. Louisville recorded a 176-60 (.746) cumulative record during Scott’s tenure and produced four NFCA All-Americans, 29 all-conference honorees and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

“Courtney did a tremendous job here working with our pitchers and catchers,” said Louisville head coach Sandy Pearsall. “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.”

During her brief stint at Maryland, Scott helped guide the Terrapins to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in more than a decade in 2010.

“I am incredibly excited about the vision and direction of the athletic department as it transitions into the Big Ten Conference,” said Scott. “The University of Maryland has tremendous resources academically, athletically and geographically and I look forward to leading the softball program into a new era.”

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