Beth Golitko has been named head softball coach, director of athletics Matt Tanney announced on Monday (Dec. 18, 2017). Golitko has spent nine seasons around the Leatherneck softball program as a player, graduate assistant coach and assistant coach.
“As an alumna of the softball program, along with her experience as a graduate assistant, and most recently, assistant coach, Beth has a firm grasp of Leatherneck Softball and what is necessary to continue our success in and out of the classroom,” Tanney said. “I look forward to her leadership of a talented group of student-athletes.”
Golitko played for the Fighting Leathernecks from 2008-11, when she appeared in 160 games and made 133 starts in the outfield. Golitko ended her four-year career with a .326 average, 70 runs scored, 143 hits, 33 doubles, nine home runs and 81 RBIs.
As a graduate assistant at Western Illinois, she mentored student-athletes to a 3.37 team GPA, which ranked as the fifth-highest team GPA at Western for that semester.
During her time as an assistant coach for Leatherneck Softball, she helped coach the team to 56 victories and two Summit League Championship victories against South Dakota State and North Dakota State in 2017. In addition to the first Summit League Championship victories and an 11-7 Summit League record, she coached Summit League ‘Pitcher of the Year’ Emily Ira.
In November of 2014, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association named her a One-Star Master Coach.
“I’m very excited and honored to be given the opportunity to lead the Western Illinois softball program. I would like to thank Matt Tanney and the entire administration for giving me this chance and for their support,” said Golitko. “I have been in the Purple and Gold for over nine years and it is so exciting to be at the helm of Leatherneck Softball. I believe in this team and this program and I can’t wait to continue the winning tradition at Western Illinois.”
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