Vince Tyra stayed in conference when hiring the University of Louisville's next softball coach. Holly Aprile will take over for Sandy Pearsall who retired 19 years after starting the program.

Aprile has been coaching for the last fifteen years at Pittsburgh, the last ten as head coach.  She was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year in 2018 after leading the Panthers to a 33-18-1 mark and a Coastal Division title.  Pitt went 16-6 in the ACC. 

“We are excited to welcome Holly Aprile to the Louisville family as our new softball coach,” said Tyra, the Cardinals Director of Athletics. “Over the last 19 years, our program has grown and achieved great success and I am confident that Holly will take us to the next level. She is well-respected in the softball community as a talented coach with tremendous integrity and a strong work ethic. She has a passion for developing student-athletes on and off the field and we look forward to having her lead our program.”

 “First, I have tremendous respect for Sandy Pearsall and the program that she built,” said Aprile. “There is a strong tradition of winning at Louisville and I am honored to become a part of it.  I have competed against U of L both in the Big East and in the ACC, and there have been some extremely talented student-athletes that have come through the program.  My goal is to build upon the solid foundation that is here and elevate it to new heights.  I want to win championships and I know that the administration, Vince [Tyra] and Amy [Calabrese] are firmly committed to that as well. The facilities are first-class, the resources are tremendous, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of all that the University of Louisville has to offer.”

A native of Afton, New York, Aprile was a third-team all-american in her senior year as a player at UMass.  She later played on USA softball's national team for seven seasons.   Prior to coaching at Pitt, Aprile was an assistant for nine seasons at South Carolina. 

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