Virginia Tech has hired Kennesaw State head coach Pete D’Amour to lead the softball program. The hiring came just nine days after the firing of former head coach Scot Thomas, who was the only coach in the history of the program.
D’Amour served as Kennesaw State’s head coach for the past two seasons. He accumulated a career record of 79-37 in those two seasons, and made two postseason appearances. He was the 2018 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year. The program made the NCAA Regionals this year, after playing in the National Invitational Softball Championship in 2017.
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Prior to his head coaching role at Kennesaw State, D’Amour was an assistant coach at Missouri, where the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament in each of his 10 seasons. They made five NCAA Super Regionals, and three consecutive trips to the Women’s College World Series from 2009-11. He is a Monrovia, Maryland native, and a graduate of the University of Missouri.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this tremendous opportunity to lead the softball program at Virginia Tech,” D’Amour said. “Scot Thomas built this program from the ground up, and I admired the tradition he established at Tech from afar. Our objective will be to uphold the foundation of consistent success and the winning culture that Scot instilled in the program, while bringing some new concepts to the team, as we start this new chapter for Tech softball.”
Virginia Tech Athletics Director Whit Babcock is a former assistant AD at Missouri, where he got a close look at D’Amour as an assistant coach.
“We are excited to welcome Pete to our talented group of head coaches at Virginia Tech,” Whit Babcock said. “After watching Pete firsthand for five seasons as an assistant at the University of Missouri, it came as no surprise to me the immediate impact he made as a head coach at Kennesaw State. Pete understands the tradition and high standards for softball at Virginia Tech that were set by Scot Thomas and the many student-athletes, coaches and staff who built this program since its inception.”