BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana University hired Michelle Gardner as its new softball coach Monday.
She replaces Stacey Phillips, who resigned last month to pursue other opportunities. Gardner took over a new program at Nevada in 2001 and spent the past six seasons building a Western Athletic Conference powerhouse. Last year, Gardner was named the conference coach of the year after leading the Wolf Pack to the NCAA regionals and a school-best 44-18 record.
Gardner was 187-176 overall at Nevada, winning 22 games in the first season Nevada competed for a conference title, 2003. She won 20 games in all six seasons.
"It is a great opportunity for me to be able to come back to the Big Ten," Gardner said in a written statement. "Indiana is a place we can take in the right direction and make something special."
Gardner had previously served as an assistant at Arizona State, Florida State and Bowling Green and pitched for Michigan from 1984-88. Before coaching, she competed with several nationally-ranked Amateur Softball Association team and was a participant in the 1996 Olympics Trials.