Davis resigns after 21 seasons as Troy softball coach

Published 6:46 pm Monday, May 19, 2014

For the first time in over 21 years, Troy University is beginning a search for a new head softball coach.

Melanie Davis, the only head coach in Troy history, resigned Monday morning. Her resignation is effective immediately.

Davis was 780-509-4 in her 21 seasons at the helm. She led the Trojans to two conference titles, the Mid-Continent Conference in 1996 and the Atlantic Sun in 2005. The Trojans also advanced to the NCAA West Regional in 1996.

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“I am also grateful for the countless loyal and dedicated staff and student-athletes who battled in the trenches to build the program that has been dear to my heart for the past 21 years,” Davis said in a released statement Monday. “Our time together has resulted in friendships that will continue to span the years and forge additional opportunities for good times and special memories.”

Troy limped to a 43-62-2 record in the last two seasons combined, and has not posted a winning record in conference play since 2009.

John Hartwell, Troy Director of Athletics, thanked Davis for her services to the university over the last two decades.

“On behalf of Troy University, I would like to thank Melanie Davis for her two decades of service and dedication to the University and the countless student-athletes she mentored,” Hartwell said. “We wish Melanie nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

The search for a new Troy coach will begin immediately.