Michelle Gardner, the coach who was hired to build the Nevada softball program when the program was reinstated in 2003, has left the school for a similar position at Indiana University.
Gardner coached six years at Nevada and was coming off the most successful season in school history. Nevada won its first regular season Western Athletic Conference title and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Gardner received WAC Coach of the Year honors. She leaves Nevada with a career record of 187-176.
"Michelle has done a terrific job as Nevada's softball coach," Nevada athletics director Cary Groth said. "She was hired to reinstate the program and within her six-year stint as head coach she took our team to two NCAA appearances. She is a quality person who will bring much enthusiasm and experience to Indiana University. The University of Nevada will miss Coach Gardner."
Nevada returns the bulk of the team that went 44-18 and reached the championship game of the NCAA's Los Angeles Regional. 13 of the Pack's 18 players, including six starters and pitcher Katie Holverson, return for Nevada next season.
The University of Nevada will conduct a national search for a new softball coach, beginning immediately.