Gulf Coast Softball head coach Beth Wade resigns

PANAMA CITY, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Gulf Coast athletic department is once again going into search mode for a new ball coach.

This time around, it's the search for a new softball head coach, and a replacement for Beth Wade. She's turned in her resignation, which takes effect at the end of the month.

Gulf Coast A.D. Mike Kandler telling me Monday afternoon coach Wade is moving north, taking an assistant coaching job at the College of Charleston. So she's back in the D1 ranks, where she was an assistant before taking the Gulf Coast job. She came to Gulf Coast after a stint as an assistant at Troy.

Wade's led the Lady Commodores program the last five years with an overall record of 167-95. She inherited a floundering program, and made it strong again. This past year's team conference runner up and made it to the State Tournament.

As coach Kandler put it Monday, "we're very appreciative of the job she did. She's left the program in great shape, the cupboard certainly is not bare. The new coach will inherit a really good program."

Kandler says they're advertising the job now looking for "the best possible coach, somebody that fits in with Gulf Coast method of operations, a coach who can recruit, retain, graduate and transfer, the fundamentals consistent with the college's mission."

Kandler says there is no specific timeframe for hiring a new head coach, but he expects to have the process done by the end of June, with a new coach in place by early July.

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