By Ray Hamill — Maggie White announced on Thursday morning that she is stepping down as head coach of the College of the Redwoods softball team after 25 years in charge.
White’s tenure as head coach was the second longest in the department’s history, trailing only legendary former men’s basketball coach Bill Treglown.
The long-time local coach, who will continue to work within CR athletics, says she felt it was time for a change.
“I felt like it was time,” she said. “25 years is a long time, and I felt now is the time to try something different.”
Corsairs Athletic Director Bob Brown paid tribute to the long-time coach.
“Coach White has provided a tremendous amount of dedication and service to our softball program for the past 25 years,” he said. “She holds the second longest consecutive coaching tenure in department history for any program and has been a positive influence on so many young women’s lives over the years.”
White says her decision was based on a number of factors, including the constant logistical battles of fielding a softball team at CR, most notably the travel involved and the difficulty of getting teams to travel here to play.
Typically the Corsairs spend the first six-to-eight weeks of the season traveling hundreds of miles every weekend for games, and play just a handful at home over the three-month campaign.
“A lot of it is the travel,” she said. “And never having home games, and always being the visiting team, and always being at a disadvantage.
“And I think the program can use a little re-set.”
White has enjoyed plenty of success over the years, most notably in 2006, when the team reached the state championship.
“I am extremely thankful that we had Maggie White serve as the head coach of our women’s softball program,” CR President Keith Flamer said in a press release announcing the news. “She epitomizes what an outstanding college athletic coach should be. Our softball players have benefited tremendously from her strong leadership and mentorship on and off the field and I am certain that she will excel in her new mentorship position with our Cap & Gown program.”
White will continue to work closely with the school’s student athletes, serving as a Health and Kinesiology instructor and mentor, where she will help students balance the demands of both their studies and their sport.
“We’re trying to figure out a way I can help the student athletes navigate the first couple of years of college,” she said. “It’s a need and it’s been a need at the college for a long time.”
She added that she feels lucky to have been the head coach of the team for so long.
“It’s been a really rewarding career,” she said. “Most people don’t get to have such a rewarding career.”
In addition to the success of 2006, White says the 2002 team, which went 33-9, also stands out, as does the 2016 season after the struggles of the three previous years.
“After 2015 I revamped what I was doing and how I interacted with the kids,” she said. “It was a fun group to work with.”
The Corsairs will begin the search for a new coach immediately and the position will be open for applications starting Monday.