John Rittman has resigned his position as the head softball coach at Stanford University, athletic director Bernard Muir announced Monday.
The Cardinal went 30-25 this season, marking the 18th consecutive year Stanford recorded a winning record. However, the Cardinal was 5-19 in the Pac-12 and finished eighth out of nine softball-playing schools in the conference. Thus, Stanford was not among the 64 teams for the NCAA Tournament, missing the postseason for the first time in 17 years.
Stanford's season was marred by an unusual amount of injuries, especially to the pitching staff. The Cardinal also lost a top pitcher, who transferred.
There also rumors swirling on the internet about a rash of players who have quit over the years, current parents disgruntled over a lack of playing time for their daughters and other allegations to which no proof has been offered as of yet.
Stanford boasted victories against seven teams selected to the tournament, including UCLA, Washington, San Diego State, Northwestern, BYU, NC State and Bradley.
Stanford's new coach will have a strong foundation next year, including all 10 starters.
Under Rittman, Stanford made two appearances in the College World Series (2001, 2004), five appearances in an NCAA super regional(2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011), 16 regional appearances and captured a conference title in 2005.
His teams had 13 40-win seasons and produced at least one All-American for 15 straight years.
While coaching for 18 years at Stanford, Rittman also served as a member of the United States National Team coaching staff from 2001-08 and was part of the United States softball teams at the Olympics in Athens (gold medal) and Beijing (silver).
Rittman is the second Stanford coach to resign in less than a week. Cardinal men's tennis coach John Whitlinger stepped down last Thursday after being with the program 31 years. In addition, Cardinal diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone announced his retirement in April.
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