Strinz, Ward Join LMU Softball Coaching Staff
Sami Strinz, who starred for the LMU softball team from 2001-04, and Randy Ward, have been named assistant coaches for the current Lion softball squad.
June 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Sami Strinz, who starred for the LMU softball team from 2001-04, and Randy Ward, have been named assistant coaches for the current Lion softball squad, Head Coach Gary Ferrin announced Monday. The duo replace Gina Oaks and Morgan Stuart who departed the program following the conclusion of the 2014 season.
"We are extremely excited to have Sami and Randy join the LMU softball staff," said Ferrin. "It's great to bring an alum back into the program and the success they've had in their coaching careers, both as head coaches and assistants, speaks for itself. They bring a level of experience this program has never had."
Strinz and Ward spent the past two years as co-head coaches for the NCAA Division II Academy of Art University in San Francisco. They led the Urban Knights to a 33-66 overall record (26-38 in the Pacific West Conference) during their tenure, finishing eighth in the PacWest each season.
Highlights to the 2014 campaign included a victory over PacWest champion UH Hilo in Hawaii and going a combined 9-5 versus PacWest Bay Area opponents Notre Dame de Namur, Dominican, and Holy Names. The 2013 season was highlighted by a stretch in mid-February and early March in which Academy of Art won seven of 10 games that included a pair of games won on steals of home and a 10-7 comeback victory over 2012 PacWest champion California Baptist.
Strinz and Ward are no stranger to coaching side-by-side, or to the West Coast Conference as they were both on staff at Saint Mary's in 2012, helping lead the Gaels to the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Coastal Division Championship.
Prior to SMC, Strinz and Ward spent four seasons (2008-11) coaching at the University of North Dakota. They led 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.
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.
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.
Her first stint in the coaching world was in 2005 when she spent the season as an assistant at Louisiana Tech.
A native of Mason City, IA and a 2005 graduate of Northern Iowa, Ward began his coaching career at North Iowa Arena Community College. He also served as the head softball coach at Nora Springs Rock Falls High School and spent the 2007 season at his alma mater, working with the team's hitters and outfielders, before joining Strinz at UND.
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