HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - University of Southern Mississippi softball coach Wendy Hogue resigned Friday after five years of leading the team, according to Southern Miss athletics.
“What an honor and blessing it has been to be a part of Southern Miss Athletics for the past five years,” Hogue said in a USM release. “The opportunity to lead your softball program has been so very rewarding in most every aspect. However, there is one area in which doing this job to the best of my ability leaves a void, and that’s time with my family. When blessed with the opportunity to join Southern Miss five years ago, Kinley was 10 and barely big enough to ride in the front seat. Now she’s driving, and she’s involved in so many extra-curricular activities. Keaton was a toddler without a care in the world. Now, he’s a seven-year-old who is passionate about everything and wants to play every sport under the sun.”
Hogue led the Golden Eagles to a 124-146 record in her five years as head coach.
“Though I love being a Golden Eagle, I hope you’ll understand that for this season of life it is best for me to step away from coaching at the Division I level and pursue an option that allows me to be more present with my family," Hogue said. "Southern Miss is a great place. I’m forever grateful to be a Golden Eagle. Now and always, Southern Miss, to the top!”
The team finished the 2019 season with a 30-22 record after a loss in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday.
“I want to thank Wendy Hogue for her leadership of the Southern Miss softball program,” said Jeremy McClain, Southern Miss Director of Athletics. “She has had a positive impact on those around her, and there is no doubt that she has left this program in a better place than it was four years ago when she arrived. Selfishly, I am disappointed that I will not be able to work with her again moving forward. However, I have the utmost respect for her decision to do what she feels is best for her family.”
The search for a new head coach will begin immediately, according to Southern Miss.