The tradition surrounding the University of Iowa softball program is there -- four Women's College World Series berths, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. Head coach Marla Looper, who is entering her fifth season, is looking to bring the Hawkeyes back to the pinnacle of past success.
Looper has the resume to bring the UI back to the top after coming to Iowa City following a successful stint at the University of Texas, where she helped guide the Longhorns to three Women's College World Series and nine NCAA Tournament in 11 seasons. During her time in Austin, Looper served as the pitching coach for seven seasons, where she mentored softball great Cat Osterman.
Looper filled out her staff with experience. Adrianna Baggetta serves as the top assistant after spending nine seasons at her alma mater, University of South Carolina. Jake Schumann joined the staff in 2015. He brings 15 years of coaching experience after spending a season as the associate head coach at Ole Miss, and serving as the head coach of Florida International (2011-14), Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2007-11), Texas A&M Kingsville (2003-07), and Carl Albert State College (2001-03).
With the past experiences combining to make a well-rounded coaching staff, the Iowa softball program is primed to build on its past glory. Iowa started down the path in 2012, finishing second in the Big Ten. In 2013, the Hawkeyes won 30 games, posting the most wins since finishing 42-16 in 2009. Looper and the coaching staff posted their 100th victory with a 3-2 walkoff win over Ohio State in the 2014 regular season finale. The Hawkeyes finished 2014 with a 16-30-1 overall record and a 9-14 mark in conference action.
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5th year at Iowa
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5th year at Iowa
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