UMBC HIRES TWO ASSISTANT SOFTBALL COACHES
Baltimore, Md. – UMBC Head Softball Coach Joe French has announced the hiring of Dave Witten and Bill Gilbert to replace the assistant coaching positions left vacant by Larry Alvis and Lisa Boone.
Witten will assist with the position players, helping French with both the offense and defense. “He brings a wealth of ASA softball experience as well as some high school experience from working at Long Reach High School,” said French. In addition, Witten has also worked at some of the UMBC Softball clinics in the past.
Gilbert will serve as the pitching coach, and also assist French with the offense and defense, as he brings an extensive playing and coaching background, both nationally and internationally. Over the past year, Gilbert has coached at Monmouth University as their pitching coach. In addition, he has previously worked at the University of North Carolina – Pembroke from 2000-02, Catawba College from 1998-99, and Bellevue Junior College from 1994-96, and 1997-98. Gilbert has also coached the Sweden Junior National Team in the summer of 2000 to lead them into first place at the Scandinavian Championship.
Both coaches will also be involved in recruiting, scouting, and fundraising.
“I am very excited to find people with the softball experience that these two have,” said French. “Filling these positions with knowledgeable coaches is very difficult, and I think both men will be able to step up and do an incredible job.”
The Retrievers will open the season at the Elon Invitational on February 18, 2005.