Lombardi Contract Extended
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens announced on Friday that the University and head softball coach Melyssa Lombardi have agreed to a contract extension that will run through the 2025 season.
"Missy Lombardi is an excellent leader for the Oregon softball program who has built a program around the holistic student-athlete experience," said Mullens. "Missy has a strong ability to develop our softball student-athletes to their fullest potential, and we are excited at the trajectory of our program and the bright future on the horizon for Oregon softball under Missy's leadership."
The Ducks are coming off a 2021 season that saw them finish third in the Pac-12 and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018. Oregon (40-14, 14-10 Pac-12) was ranked in the NFCA Coaches Poll top 10 for most of the season, reaching a high of No. 3 midway through the year.
"I am extremely thankful to Rob Mullens, Lisa Peterson and the entire administration for their continued support and belief in our long-term vision for the Oregon softball program," said Lombardi. "It is a privilege to work with the tremendous student-athletes at Oregon. My staff and I are committed to making Oregon the top program in the country. We are blessed to work and play in a very supportive community and our great fans make Jane Sanders Stadium a special place we call home."
A pair of Ducks earned All-America recognition in Lombardi's third season, with outfielder Haley Cruse and left-handed pitcher Brooke Yanez earning third-team honors. Following her graduation, Cruse moved on to the professional ranks with the USSSA Pride.
Additionally, Oregon placed seven players on the 2021 NFCA All-Pacific Region team and six on the Pac-12 All-Conference team. Lombardi also helped lead a pitching staff that finished seventh nationally with a 4.48 strikeout-to-walk ratio while the Ducks were the only team in the country with at least three pitchers in the top 50 in strikeouts per seven innings.
In Lombardi's second season in 2020, Oregon got off to the second-best start in program history through 24 games, going 22-2 before the coronavirus pandemic cut the season short. The Ducks opened the season with a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest to start a season in school history, and finished ranked in the top 10 of both the NFCA Coaches' Poll and USA Softball Poll.
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