Julie LeMaire has been hired to take over the Nova Southeastern University softball program, athletics director Michael Mominey announced Tuesday.
LeMaire becomes just the third head coach in the program’s history.
“Coach LeMaire is exactly the right type of leader and personality that we are looking for as we continue building our culture of success within Shark athletics,” Mominey said. “She is a proven winner on and off the field, she is fully committed to her student-athletes and outwardly passionate about her sport. Julie’s experience and accolades speak for themselves, but I truly believe the difference maker includes the intangibles she possesses that will take our softball program to national prominence, quite possibly in a relatively short period of time.”
LeMaire joins the NSU after a four-year stint at Emporia State (Kansas). As one of the most successful Division II softball teams in the country, she guided the Hornets to a 164-65 record and three NCAA Regional Tournament appearances since taking over the program in 2012. In seven seasons as coach, LeMaire has compiled an impressive career record of 256-141 and a career .645 winning percentage.
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Nova Southeastern finished tied for fourth at the Guy Harvey Invitational in Palm Beach Gardens.
The Sharks’ 54-hole total of 875 was even with Johnson & Wales, just one behind third-place Florida Southern, and only four out of the runner-up slot. Juan Jose Guerra followed up his season-opening runner-up finish with a third-place showing at 214, four strokes off the lead. He saved his best for last with a 2-under 70 on Tuesday after going 71-73 the first day.
Guerra only trailed individual medalist John Coultas of Florida Southern (210) and runner-up Graham McAree of Indianapolis (213), while tying Barry's Mario Beltran and West Florida's Chandler Blanchet. Saint Leo won the team standings by seven strokes over West Florida, 864-871.
Nova Southeastern tied for fourth at the Guy Harvey Invitational. Sophie Madden earned the first top-10 finish of her career, placing ninth with a two-day score of 150 (74-76). Fellow freshman Aldana Foigel (Plottier, Argentina) was among a group in 12th after a 75 during her second round and a 152 total (77-75).
Rollins won the team tournament by four strokes over Seminole State, while Rollins’ Lexie Toth took the individual medalist award. She had the only under-par round of the event for the women, shooting a 2-under 70 Tuesday for a total of 145. Runner-up for individuals was Ji Sun Kang of Daytona State. who won a scorecard playoff over Barry's Tilda Larsson. Each concluded 36 holes at 148, 4-over par.
▪ UM soccer: For the second week in a row, Gracie Lachowecki was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week. Lachowecki, a junior forward, tallied her first-career hat trick in Miami’s 3-2 double overtime win over NC State Sunday, scoring the match-winning goal in the 109th minute.
▪ FIU swimming: Senior Jessica Chadwick was named the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week. Chadwick helped lead the FIU women’s swimming and diving team a dominating performance at the North Florida Dual Meet on Oct. 3. The senior picked up four of FIU’s 11 total first-place finishes, including top times in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.91) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.85).