CSUEB softball coach steps down from position


Louis Laventure ,
Sports and Campus Editor

Cal State East Bay softball coach Barbara Pierce stepped down from her position on Aug. 3, the second CSUEB coach in less than two months to do so.

SoftballCoach_BrittanyEngland_WEB-3In an interview with the official CSUEB athletics website Pierce said, “Spending more time with my family is my priority and a major reason for this decision.”

Pierce amassed a 183-237 overall record during her nine-year tenure at the helm of the CSUEB softball squad for a .436 winning percentage. The Penn State alumna and former shortstop was an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York for two years before taking over the Pioneers in 2007 while a Division III school.

The Pioneers had several winning seasons under Pierce, most recently 2015 and 2014 where they won 28 and 27 games respectively. Pierce has the second most wins in school history trailing just Fred Williams who coached the team through 318 victories when the school was still known as Cal State Hayward.

As of publication time no replacement has been named. It is unclear what the hiring process will be. This is the second coach that has resigned this summer since new Athletic Director Joan McDermott took over in January.SoftballCoach_BrittanyEngland_WEB-4

Lauren Vestal played three seasons for the Pioneers under coach Pierce and finished her career with a .272 batting average in 146 games.

“Coach Pierce is one of the best I have ever played for,” Vestal said. “She knows how to get the best out of her players. She did it time and time again.”

Pierce and McDermott did not return calls or emails to the Pioneer at the time of publication.