(Courtesy of LMU Media Relations)
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A new era officially begins for Loyola Marymount University Softball as Lion alumnus Sami Strinz has been named the seventh head coach in the 33-year history of the program, LMU Director of Athletics Dr. Bill Husak announced Wednesday.
"It is always exciting to be able to name an alum to a coaching position," said Husak. "In Sami, we have someone who understands LMU and what we aspire to achieve in winning championships, graduating our students and helping them to become better people."
Strinz joined the LMU coaching staff in the summer of 2014 and helped guide the Lions to a second place finish in the West Coast Conference this past spring. Working closely with the pitching staff, Strinz guided lefty Rachael Farrington to a 20-15 record, 2.90 ERA, six shutouts and .291 opponent batting average. Those numbers led the sophomore First Team All-WCC selection to be named LMU's Female Most Improved Athlete of the year after she had posted a 6-11 record, 4.81 ERA and .339 opponent batting average in 2014.
"I have an enormous amount of passion for LMU and I am eager to lead our program to the next level of success," Strinz stated. "I am beyond grateful for Dr. Husak affording me the opportunity to be the head coach at my alma mater. As a player I choose LMU with the goal of putting our team on the map. Now as a head coach I believe I can help create a sustainable culture of champions."
Prior to returning to her alma mater, Strinz spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as co-head coach for the NCAA Division II Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She led the Urban Knights in their first year competing as an NCAA institution and, over the two-year span, developed four Pac West All-Conference honorees, four PWC Players of the Week, eight PWC All-Academic honorees and one Capital One Academic All-District Team member. Her 2013 squad led the PWC in saves while her 2014 team broke the program's team single-season doubles record, while two individuals broke the school career RBI record.
Strinz was on the Saint Mary's staff in 2012, helping lead the Gaels to the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Coastal Division Championship. Prior to SMC, Strinz spent four seasons (2008-11) coaching at the University of North Dakota, leading the Fighting Sioux to their first conference championship in program history in 2010 and helped the program put up all-time offensive numbers in runs scored, hits, home runs, stolen bases and walks.
Prior to her time at North Dakota, Strinz served as the head coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD for two seasons. After inheriting a program that had averaged five wins over the previous five seasons, Strinz engineered a two-year turnaround that saw the Tigers win a school-record 17 games in 2007.
A pitcher/utility player throughout her career in an Lion uniform, Strinz's name remains scattered throughout the LMU record book. She ranks in the career top 10 in at bats (633), hits (192), RBIs (110), doubles (34), home runs (29), pitching appearances (110), wins (42), complete games (30), saves (4), innings pitched (438.2), strikeouts (223) and ERA (2.28).
Strinz was named PCSC Player of the Year in 2003, leading the Lions to the league's inaugural championship. LMU was the PCSC runner-up her senior season in 2004. She earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2002 and was a back-to-back first team All-PSCS pick in 2003 and 2004. She also earned NFCA All-Region honors in 2003 and 2004.
"Sami contributed to the softball legacy during her years at LMU as a pitcher and hitter, and her achievements are throughout the Lions record book," Husak added. "She has ten years of collegiate coaching experience, eight years as a head coach, and winning three championships in those years. I am excited for this next chapter in the history of women's softball at LMU."