The former Louisiana Tech head softball coach, a 2019 Conference USA Co-Coach of the Year, will take the helm as the University of Maryland's fifth head softball coach, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced Monday.
Mark Montgomery comes to UMD with 19 years of collegiate head coaching experience. He led Louisiana Tech, where he spent the past seven years, to 45 wins and conference regular-season and tournament championships last season.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join such a prestigious institution both academically and athletically, in addition to a fraternity of coaches at Maryland who are among the most respected nationally,” Montgomery said.
During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, Montgomery guided the team to two conference tournament championships (2017, 2019), two NCAA Regional appearances (2017, 2019) and five consecutive 30+ win seasons. He notched a 226–161 record there to bring his career collegiate mark to 556–483.
Montgomery previously spent two years at NAIA Georgetown (Ky.) College, eight years at Centenary College and two years at Northern Colorado. The Kentucky native has led his teams to 13 winning seasons during his 19 years. Away from the diamond, Montgomery’s teams have registered a collective grade point average above 3.0 for the past 15 years.
Before his college coaching experience, Montgomery served as the softball coach at Lafayette (Ky.) High School, where he won seven district titles, five regional titles and one state championship title. He earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky in 1992 and his master's degree from Georgetown College in 2000.
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