MSU's Tigert Resigns as Softball Coach

Brady Tigert talks to his team between innings in 2016. Tigert announced his resignation on Tuesday morning / Source: KAUZ
Brady Tigert talks to his team between innings in 2016. Tigert announced his resignation on Tuesday morning / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Brady Tigert announced his resignation as head coach of the Midwestern State softball program Tuesday morning.

"Brady has been a great, loyal member of our staff for the past 13 years," MSU Director of Athletics Charlie Carr said. "His dedication to the program and student-athletes resulted in great success. He has created a great softball legacy at MSU."

From scratch, Tigert built the Mustangs into a perennial contender at the conference, regional and national level.

Midwestern amassed 40 wins five times posting an all-division best 108 wins over a two-year stretch culminating with the program's first trip to the College World Series in 2011.

Tigert is a six-time Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year and led three regional coaching staffs of the year presented by the National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association following the 2006, 2010 and 2011 seasons.

The Mustangs claimed Lone Star Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 and took the league's North Division title five times while qualifying for the NCAA postseason in nine of his 13 seasons at the helm.

In all, Tigert amassed 486 wins in his time at Midwestern State for an average of 37.4 victories a season.

His brand new program quickly ascended to an LSC North Division title in its first season in 2004 and qualified for national postseason advancement in each of its first five campaigns.

The Mustangs set a then-LSC single season record with 54 wins in back-to-back seasons claiming a regional title in 2010 before advancing to the national semifinals in 2011.

Tigert coached 10 All-Americans -- Brittany Willson, Kristen Stonecipher, Katie Petersen, Brittney Tanner, Elena Bennett, Mallory Mooney, Courtney Bingham, Kim Jerrick, Kelley Schaefer and Katelyn Vinson -- and an Academic All-American in Lauren Craig in 2010.

The Mustangs finished amongst national leaders in numerous categories through Tigert's tenure. Behind the arms of Brittney Tanner and Kristina Gutierrez, MSU tallied an NCAA-best 27 shutouts in 2011, then topped the nation hitting 1.73 home runs per game, connecting on 95 home runs in 2014.

Midwestern State also stands prominently in the LSC record book with Bingham setting the standard with 72 doubles, while Vinson finished with 65 home runs for another league career best. Pitching also fell the Mustangs way as Petersen closed her career with 875 strikeouts and Willson notched 93 victories in the circle during a stellar collegiate career including one year at Texas Woman's before transferring to MSU for the final three.

Tigert's father, John, was one of the most successful high school coaches in the state of New Mexico where in 20 seasons as head coach at Carlsbad High School, his squads won 11 state championships and were runners-up on four other occasions.

Tigert's other coaching experience includes stints as head coach at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas (1999); as assistant coach at the Oregon (1997); as a head coach at Artesia (N.M.) High School (1996) and as an assistant coach at New Mexico State for three seasons (1993-95).

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