Head Coach – 2nd Season
Karen Baird was named Lawrence Tech’s second head coach in program history on July 31, 2017. Baird spent last season as assistant coach at Oakland University and brings over 16 years of head coaching experience to the Lawrence Tech softball program. At Oakland, she coached a horizon league co-freshman of the year, two first team, and three second team honorees.
In Baird’s 11 years at EMU (2002-2013), her teams consistently ranked nationally in Division I top-10 in GPA including first in 2004 (3.55), third-2007 (3.52), sixth-2005 (3.46), eighth-2006 (3.41) and ninth-2012 (3.55). She also led the team to a Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division title and first ever MAC tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2007 and was named MAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to her tenure at EMU, Baird spent five years as the head softball coach, head golf coach and Intramural Director at Albion College. As the head softball coach at Albion (1998-2002) guiding the Britons to three consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate (MIAA) Tournament appearances including a Tournament championship in 2001. Albion was the No. 1 team in GPA for all of NCAA Division III in 2000.
Sara Cupp is in her second season as assistant softball coach at LTU. Sara will oversee the catchers, assist with hitting and be the bench coach. She was a volunteer at Oakland University for the past two years.
She played at University of Detroit Mercy for 3 years and transferred to Oakland University for her final year of eligibility. While at Oakland University she helped the team to their first ever Horizon League Championship. She was MVP of the Horizon League tournament and First Team All Horizon League.
She is currently a Surgical ICU Nurse.
Jim Ritz is in his second year at LTU and will oversee the Infield, help with hitting and coach first base. He was Varsity Coach at Northville High School and coached for 10 years at the Travel level. He is married with twin daughters and resides in White Lake, MI.
Central Michigan University BS Business Administration & Industrial Management, 1994
Dana is in her second year at LTU and will oversee the pitchers. She has been helping out with the Michigan Batbusters program as an pitching and assistant coach.
Dana Hyde began her softball career by playing for Windsor Wildcats, pitching them to two Canadian championships and also played in the Compuware program. She played Softball at Gulf Coast State College, in Panama City, Florida. In 1995 She was selected to the Canadian Junior Olympic team under Coach Shan McDonald (former UNLV Head Coach) where she helped her team earn 5th place in the world championships in Normal, Illinois.
She currently is a Donor Relations & Stewardship Specialist at The Hospice of Windsor & Essex County. She is married, has a daughter and currently lives in Sterling Heights, Michigan.