Heather Gelbard was named head softball coach at UMBC in July of 2016.
Gelbard becomes the Retrievers' sixth head coach since UMBC began competing in softball in 1991. She replaces Joe French, who retired in May after guiding the Retrievers for 15 seasons and compiling a record of 435-397-1 (.523 winning percentage) at UMBC and a mark of 649-506-1 (56.2%) in 23 seasons of collegiate coaching.
"Heather demonstrated a true passion for student-athlete welfare both on and off the field and her commitment to UMBC Athletics' core values make her a great fit," Hall said. "Her distinguished college playing career and her work with a highly successful mid-major program like FAU are wonderful attributes and we are confident she can bring those qualities to lead our program."
Former ACC saves leader Carla Shepherd has joined the UMBC Softball coaching staff, head coach Heather Gelbard announced on Monday.
"I have known Carla for a long time, she is a great fit for our staff, and I'm excited she is joining us," said Gelbard. "Carla is very passionate about the game of softball and the young people that she works with. The numbers don't lie, she has gotten impressive results at each of her previous coaching stops. I'm excited for her to start working with our pitchers and sharing her extensive knowledge of pitching."
"I am extremely excited to be joining the UMBC family and I can't wait to get started working with the team and the pitching staff." said Shepherd. "I first want to thank Coach Gelbard for giving me this incredible opportunity. She has such a strong passion for the game and brings out the best in everyone. Being a part of her coaching staff is such a great honor. I am so grateful to her and the entire UMBC athletics department."