UT Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced today that Jo Ann Gordon has been released from her position as head softball coach.
Gordon had been the head coach at UT for the past seven seasons, compiling a 105-235 record, and a 35-115 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Rockets were 8-38, 6-16 in MAC play this past season.
O’Brien said a national search for Gordon’s replacement will begin immediately. He indicated that Assistant Coach Sunny Jones will run the day-to-day operations of the team until a new head coach is named.
“I want to thank Jo Ann Gordon for her years of dedicated service to The University of Toledo,” O’Brien said. “However, I felt it was time for the softball program to move in a new direction.”
Gordon came to Toledo after serving as the head softball and volleyball coach at Thiel College, an NCAA Division III school in Greenville, Pa. In her three seasons at Thiel, Gordon guided the Tomcats’ softball team to a 47-53 overall mark and a 14-10 win-loss ledger in the President’s Athletic Conference.
A native of Kirtland, Ohio, Gordon also served as an assistant coach at Kent State, her alma mater, for nine seasons (1991-99). She helped the Golden Flashes compile a 247-204-1 (.548) mark and was a part of KSU’s 1999 MAC East Division championship squad in her final season.
Gordon was a four-time letter winner at first base and shortstop for the Golden Flashes while earning her bachelor’s degree in physical education. As team co-captain in 1990, she helped lead KSU to a Mid-American Conference title and a berth in the Women’s College World Series. She also co-captained the squad in 1989.