May 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The contract of Linda Kalafatis, head softball coach at Ohio State, will not be renewed, Heather Lyke, Ohio State associate athletics director, announced Tuesday. Kalafatis has served at the helm of the Buckeyes the last 16 seasons, beginning her tenure as head coach in 1997.
“We appreciate Linda’s commitment to the institution and our softball program. She is truly an outstanding person, and we thank her for all she gave to our student-athletes and Buckeye Nation,” Lyke said. “We wish her the best as she pursues her next opportunities. We will begin a national search for our next head coach immediately.”
Kalafatis was 538-358 in her career at Ohio State. She led the squad to six NCAA tournament berths, including the program’s first NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2009, and to a Big Ten championship in 2007. Kalafatis, who was the 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year, helped lead the squad to 30 wins or more in 10 of 16 seasons in Columbus. In 2012, Kalafatis was one of two Big Ten active coaches with more than 800 career wins, placing her among the Top 25 active coaches in the country.