May 25, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -
University of Louisville head softball coach Sandy Pearsall will be inducted into the Miami University Cradle of Coaches Association on Sept. 22. She joins Randy Ayers, Thad Matta, Joe Novak and Sue Ramsey to comprise the Cradle of Coaches Class of 2012-13.
Pearsall spent six years (1992-98) guiding the Miami softball program before being hired to start the Louisville softball program where she has spent the last 13 years amassing a 506-261 record (.659). The Cardinals are coming off the best record in program history with a 55-5 mark, including a 20-2 BIG EAST record, en route to conference regular-season and tournament titles. The coaching staff also was tabbed 2012 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year. Pearsall has guided Louisville to five conference titles (C-USA regular season 2005; BIG EAST regular season 2006, 2012; BIG EAST Tournament 2007, 2012) and nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2004-12). She also was named 2000 Conference USA Coach of the Year in her first season guiding the Cardinals. At Miami, Pearsall mentored nine All-MAC selections and 16 Academic All-MAC honorees in addition to seven academic all-district selections. She spent three seasons prior to guiding the RedHawks as head coach at Colorado State. While at CSU, she was successful in developing the Rams into an annual contender for the Western Athletic Conference championship. Her 1990 squad captured the league title and earned Pearsall Conference Coach of the Year honors. Her construction of the Louisville program is the second time she has built a program from the ground up. In 1988, Pearsall headed the newly-formed Florida A&M team and led the squad to 36 wins in two seasons. Prior to FAMU, she took the San Francisco softball team from the bottom of the conference to second place in just three years and earned NorPac Conference Coach of the Year honors. Pearsall began her coaching career as the outfield coach at Pacific from 1984-85. She has been a collegiate head coach for 25 years and owns a 756-595 career mark (.560).
The members of the Cradle of Coaches Association Class of 2012-13 will be honored during Miami's football game vs. Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 22 before being inducted during a dinner that evening. Details about the induction dinner will be announced at a later date. The Cradle of Coaches Association was established in 1971 to acknowledge the role Miamians have played in establishing Miami University as the Cradle of Coaches. While all Miami Alumni who go on to coach or those who have coached at Miami are considered part of the Cradle of Coaches, the Cradle of Coaches Association began inducting individuals into the Association in 1992 to further recognize their accomplishments. In 1999 and 2000, Miami's Hall of Fame Committee further developed criteria for induction into the Cradle of Coaches Association to be more inclusive of all sports.
The following is the list of inductees:
Carol Clark Johnson
Dr. Stephen R. Strome
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