Last updated: July 13. 2014 11:12AM - 592 Views
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Janice Savage will make the move from Delaware State University to Appalachian State to take over as the softball program’s head coach.

Savage has been coaching for nine years overall, including the past two as head coach at DSU.

Delaware State finished 35-17 overall last season and finished with 15 wins in 18 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season games, good enough for a North Division title and a third-place finish in the MEAC Tournament.

Savage was named MEAC Coach of the Year after the Hornets won the regular season title and had the best team batting average, team earned run average (ERA) and best fielding percentage in the conference.

Savage graduated from Delaware State, but does have some familiarity with the ASU Softball Program as she first got her playing experience at Georgia Southern, one of the Mountaineers’ top rivals. Savage was at GSU for 2002-03 season before transferring.

“We’re excited to have Coach Savage join the Appalachian State family,” said ASU Director of Athletics, Charlie Cobb, in a press release. “She has had tremendous success as a coach and student-athlete at the Division 1 level and stresses achievement off the field as much as winning on it.”

Last year, the Mountaineers finished 19-32 overall and 7-13 in the Southern Conference.

Former head coach Shae Wesley stepped down as the softball coach to take a position inside the Appalachian State Athletics Department. Wesley compiled a record of 98-103 in four seasons as the team’s head coach.

*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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