Sandy Pearsall, who has served as the University of Louisville’s head softball coach for the last 19 seasons since the program’s inception, has announced her retirement effective immediately.

Pearsall guided the Cardinals to 718 wins, six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Her teams produced 30 or more wins 17 times, tallying eight seasons with at least 40 victories.

“It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire from the University of Louisville,” said Pearsall. “It has been a great ride, but after almost 35 years in the profession, it is time to walk away and focus on my family and my health. I am very thankful to the university, the administration, my staff and co-workers for their hard work, support and friendship throughout the years. I am especially thankful for the players who have come through our program. They have helped lay the foundation for the success we have built here.”

“We sincerely appreciate all of Sandy’s efforts in building our softball program from the ground up,” said UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “The 718 wins, NCAA regional appearances and conference titles are significant, but her legacy is united with the abundance of student-athletes’ lives she touched and the investment she made in advancing softball in our community and university. We wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement. We will begin a national search for a new softball coach immediately.”

Under Pearsall’s guidance, the Cardinals have 101 all-league selections (27 All-Conference USA/54 BIG EAST, five American Athletic Conference, 14 Atlantic Coast Conference). Louisville’s individual honors have included two Players of the Year (Melissa Roth -2009, Chelsea Bemis – 2010), two league Pitchers of the Year (Catherine Bishop – BIG EAST, 2006/Aja Sherman, C-USA, 2005), MVP (Courtney Moore – C-USA, 2005), and Freshman of the Year (Audrey Rendon – C-USA, 2004).

Pearsall was tabbed to start the softball program at the University of Louisville and brought with her both head coaching experience and program building expertise. She helped christen UofL’s Ulmer Stadium with a winning season, earning 2000 Conference USA Coach of the Year honors along the way. Louisville followed its inaugural season with a 40-26 campaign in 2001.

Pearsall helped guide the 2012 Cards to a program-best 55-5 record while capturing the BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles. UofL spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 of the Softball and USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association coaches’ polls, appearing as high as No. 7 and 9 respectively. The season culminated with the Cards earning a No. 15 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and serving as host for the NCAA Regionals.

The softball team was one of four UofL teams to be recognized among the nation’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) leaders in the 2015 report which honors programs ranked among the top 10 percent in their respective sports. The APR measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes.

The Pearsall File
Coaching Career
2000 – present – University of Louisville
(718-371/.659); 968-705/.579 overall)

2018 – 33-20; 10-12 Atlantic Coast Conference
2017 – 31-19; 14-8 Atlantic Coast Conference
2016 – 35-17; 15-8 Atlantic Coast Conference
• NCAA Regional (0-2)
2015 – 31-19, 16-7 Atlantic Coast Conference
• NCAA Regional (0-2)
2014 – 36-22, 14-7 American Athletic Conference
NCAA Regional (0-2)
• American Athletic Conference Tournament Champions
2013 – 47-13, 18-4 BIG EAST;
NCAA Regional (1-2)
• UofL earns No. 15 overall seed in NCAA
tournament, selected as regional host,
2012 – 55-5, 20-2 BIG EAST;
NCAA Regional (2-2)
• UofL wins BIG EAST regular season and
tournament; Earns No. 15 overall seed in NCAA tournament, selected as regional host
• BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
• NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff
of the Year
• Started the season 28-0 – program-best win-streak
• Inducted into Miami University Cradle of Coaches Association
2011 – 38-20, 12-7 BIG EAST; NCAA Regional (2-2)
2010 – 41-19, 16-6 BIG EAST; NCAA Regional (2-2)
2009 – 48-11, 19-5 BIG EAST; NCAA Regional (1-2)
2008 – 31-23, 12-8 BIG EAST; NCAA Regional (1-2)
2007 – 37-25, 14-6 BIG EAST –
Tournament champions; NCAA Regional (1-2)
2006 – 45-11, 19-3 BIG EAST
• UofL wins BIG EAST regular season, tournament runner-up; earns NCAA berth, advanced to regional final
• BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
2005 – 43-20, 20-4 C-USA
• UofL wins C-USA regular season;
earns NCAA berth 2004 – 41-19, 19-5 C-USA
• UofL makes first NCAA appearance; finishes second in C-USA
2003 – 24-26, 12-11 C-USA
2002 – 27-28, 11-10 C-USA
2001 – 40-26, 12-9 C-USA
2000 – 36-26, 8-8 C-USA
• C-USA Coach of the Year
1992-98 – @ Miami University (Ohio)
1989-91 – @ Colorado State
1990- Wins Western Athletic Conference Championship
• WAC Coach of the Year
1988-90 – @ Florida A&M
1985-88 – @ San Francisco
– NorPac Coach of the Year
1984-85 – @ Pacific
• Named to Pacific Hall of Fame (2003)

Playing Career
Oregon State – 1982-84

Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics


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