Banford Turns Down UMD Contract Offer
2015 Will Be Softball Coach's Last Season at UMD
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UMD Softball coach Jen Banford turned down the school’s contract offer Monday, and won’t coach the Bulldogs after this spring.
The University’s announcement comes a couple months after Banford was told she wouldn’t be back as Director of Women’s Hockey Operations as part the school not renewing the contracts of Shannon Miller and her staff.
2015 will be Banford’s 10th season as Softball coach.
She led the Bulldogs to NCAA regionals in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Banford was also named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2013 after the UMD won the league’s regular season title.
Athletic Director Josh Berlo released a statement that read “We are sorry coach banford has not accepted an appointment to continue coaching umd softball. She leaves umd softball with a strong foundation. We appreciate coach banford’s contributions to umd athletics over the past nine years.”
Banford has agreed to an interview with FOX 21 Sports Tuesday, this story will be updated then.