Julie Wright Head Coach
Julie Wright was announced as the head coach of the Maryland softball program July 17, 2015. Wright came to Maryland with five years of head coaching experience at Idaho State, where she led the program to three straight Big Sky titles.
“We are excited to welcome Julie to our Maryland Athletics family,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “She has done a remarkable job at Idaho State, leading the program to three consecutive conference championships. Julie brings outstanding energy and passion to our program. Throughout her accomplished coaching career, she has been committed to successfully developing students both academically and athletically. We are excited to have Julie lead our softball program in the highly competitive Big Ten Conference.”
Wright spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Idaho State, accumulating 126 wins in that time. Through Wright’s leadership, the Bengals captured Big Sky regular-season championships in the conference’s first three seasons sponsoring softball as she secured the most wins in program history (98) in that span.
“I would like to thank Kevin Anderson, Kristen Brown, Damon Evans and the rest of the hiring committee for this amazing opportunity,” Wright said. “I am thoroughly impressed with the department Kevin has put together. Maryland Athletics has great momentum moving into the future and I cannot wait to get started. I also want to thank the student-athletes, coaches and fans at Idaho State for their wonderful support.”
Head Coach - 1st Year
Alma Mater: Ohio
5 years at Idaho State
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Lisa Carey Assistant Coach
Lisa Carey was announced as an assistant coach by Julie Wright on Aug. 6, 2015. With over a decade of coaching experience, Carey will coach hitters and work with the infield.
"I have been watching Lisa Carey throughout her career and knew she was a perfect fit to take over our hitters," Wright said. "She will have a huge influence not only on the fundamentals, but with approach and having a plan at the plate."
Carey served as the head coach of Washburn University’s softball program for nine seasons from 2002-11. She became the Lady Blues’ all-time victories leader after posting 256 wins. Under Carey’s tutelage, 55 student-athletes were named all-MIAA, seven earned all-regional team honors and 57 were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. She also coached the 2007 MIAA Freshman of the Year and the 2009 Most Valuable Player. In 2009, Carey was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Most recently, Carey held coaching positions at Oklahoma and Comanche High School.
Assistant Coach - 1st Year
Alma Mater: Oklahoma
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Lisa Norris Assistant Coach
Lisa Norris was announced as an assistant coach by Julie Wright on Aug. 6, 2015. Norris brings extensive experience as a coach and player to College Park and will be in charge of the pitchers.
"Lisa Norris will be able to tap into her time in the professional league to help our pitchers understand how to set-up hitters and finish at-bats," Wright said. "Her pitching philosophy will have an immediate and positive impact on our staff."
Norris most recently served as an assistant coach for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns softball program from 2014-15. Before coaching in Lafayette, she spent three years as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
While at Louisiana-Lafayette, Norris assisted with pitching and coached standout Christina Hamilton to a 29-4 record as the team moved to the Women’s College World Series. Hamilton earned NFCA Second Team All-American and Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year honors under Norris’ tutelage.
Assistant Coach - 1st Year
Alma Mater: North Carolina
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