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Louisville softball to name Holly Aprile as new head coach

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Fresh off being named the ACC Coach of the Year for 2018, Pittsburgh softball coach Holly Aprile is opting to leave and accept the same position at Louisville.

“I’m extremely thankful to the University of Pittsburgh for the opportunity they’ve given me to be a part of this program over the last 15 years and lead it for the past 10,” said Aprile. “I am so grateful for all of the support I received throughout my years, not only from the administration at Pitt, but the entire city of Pittsburgh and nationwide as well.

”I’ve had the honor to work with some of the most amazing student-athletes during my time at Pitt, especially during this past season. I was truly blessed to be around one of the best groups of young women that I have ever had the honor of coaching and am extremely proud of them and their accomplishments. I know they will continue to lead this program to great heights.”

Aprile spent the last 10 seasons as Pitt’s head coach, leading the Panthers to the program’s first ACC Coastal Division Championship (2018), NCAA Tournament appearance (2015) and national ranking (2017).

At Louisville, Aprile will replace Sandy Pearsall, the only coach Cardinal softball has ever known. Over 19 years, Pearsall guided U of L to 718 wins, six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Her teams produced 30 or more wins 17 times, and had eight seasons with at least 40 victories.

Welcome to the Derby City, coach Aprile.