REDLANDS, Calif. - Former Carolina softball standout Danielle Spaulding was named the interim head softball coach at the University of Redlands for the 2013-14 academic year, the university announced Thursday.
Spaulding steps in for Laurie Nevarez, who recently resigned in order to accept a similar position at Cal State San Marcos.
A familiar face to the Bulldogs, Spaulding served as the team's graduate assistant coach during the 2012-13 season, which included the program's 10th overall Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title and ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championships.
"The opportunity to be the Interim Head Coach at Redlands is absolutely amazing," Spaulding commented. "Coach Nevarez has done some unforgettable things here, and it is an honor to step in and take over a program that means so much to her. I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity."
In order to serve as the head coach, Spaulding will take a year off from her graduate studies within the School of Education.
"We are fortunate to have someone of Dani's experience and coaching ability to step into this role immediately," Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez stated. "I am confident that Dani will provide a smooth transition, ensure a quality student-athlete experience, and continue the rich tradition of the Lady Bulldog Softball program."
Spaulding earned first, second and third team All-America honors at UNC and was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year three times.
Read the full release on Spaulding's hiring here.