Ohio State Fires Softball Coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly After 12 Seasons With the Program

By Chase Brown on May 13, 2024 at 4:17 pm
Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

The Ohio State softball program will have a new leader in 2025.

Ohio State fired head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly on Monday. In 12 seasons with the program, Kovach Schoenly led the Buckeyes to a 367-226-1 record and five NCAA Regional appearances.

“On behalf of the department, I want to thank Kelly for her leadership of the program and for the positive impact, both on and off the field, on the many student-athletes who wore the Scarlet and Gray during her tenure,” Ohio State executive associate athletic director Mike Penner said in a statement.

In 2024, Ohio State went 31-20 overall and 12-11 in Big Ten competition. As the No. 6 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, the Buckeyes suffered an opening-round upset to No. 11 Wisconsin. As a result, Ohio State missed the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in five years.

The Ohio State athletic department's search for Kovach Schoenly's replacement will begin immediately, according to a program press release. 

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