Maryland Parts Ways With Head Coach
Sources have confirmed with SA that Julie Wright has been relieved of her duties by the University of Maryland.
"We accept Coach Wright's resignation and wish her the very best moving forward," said Director of Athletics Damon Evans in a press release. "Our focus will be on identifying a new leader for our program who will promote a culture of excellence and ensure success for our student-athletes both on and off the diamond."
In four seasons under Wright, the Terrapins compiled a record of 61-147-1. The 2019 season was their best of the four with a 20-31 record. They ranked top-five in team batting average in the Big Ten (.288) compared to 12th the previous season (.235).
"While this was not an easy decision, it was the right one at this time," Wright said. "I am truly thankful for having the opportunity to be the head softball coach at Maryland the last four years. I am especially grateful for the student-athletes and staff members who dedicated so much time to the program."
Her most historic win at Maryland was against then-No. 1 Florida in 2017 as the program won its first-ever game against a top-ranked opponent.
Wright spent five seasons as the head coach at Idaho State before Maryland where the Bengals won three-consecutive Big Sky Championships and accumulated 126 wins in the five-year span.
Maryland is expected to begin its head coaching search immediately. Sport supervisor and Associate Athletic Director Kirsten Brown will handle softball operations in the interim along with assistant coaches Vicky Galasso and Tori Finucane.