Irwin, the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the
Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Barbie Breedlove has been working hard to find the best fit for making this a championship program, and she believes Coach Irwin is the perfect selection to put ETSU softball on the map both locally and nationally.
"We are proud to welcome Coach Brad Irwin as the new head softball coach at ETSU," Breedlove said. "I know Coach Irwin will recruit highly skilled players and take ETSU softball to a championship level. He has paid his dues and gained terrific experience working under some of the top softball coaches in the country in Karen and Ralph Weekly and Frank Reed at
As for Irwin, he is very excited and honored to become the new head softball coach at ETSU, and he is ready to use his philosophy to make this a championship program.
"I am extremely excited to be the head softball coach at ETSU," Irwin said. "I consider it an honor and a privilege. I would like to thank Dr. Stanton, Dave Mullins, and Barbie Breedlove for providing me with this tremendous opportunity. They have put their faith in me, and I will work extremely hard to build the ETSU program the right way.
"We will build the program and compete for Atlantic Sun championships. Everything is in place to build a successful championship level program with the tremendous academic institution, supportive athletic administration, the community, and the softball facilities."
During his tenure at
From 2003-06, Irwin spent his time at
As for Mullins, it was not only Irwin's winning track record that caught his eye, but it was his ability to recruit the top players and his commitment to make the Lady Bucs a championship program.
"Out of a group of very impressive candidates, we are happy to have someone like Brad Irwin to take our softball program to a higher level of success," said Mullins. "We feel all the pieces are in place to provide adequate support for the program. His background, maturity, and connection to the college and junior softball network will be valuable assets to building a championship program. We are confident in his ability to recruit top level players, while developing their skills and to relating to the players in a positive way that motivates them to perform at a high level."
Irwin also spent time at the high school level as he was the head softball coach at
Irwin graduated from the
"I would like to thank my wife, Rachel, for her support throughout the years as we have pursued this dream to be a Division I head coach," said Irwin. "Without her I would not be where I am today. I can't think of a better place than ETSU to build a championship caliber program and raise my family."
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