Clarisa Crowell will be named the new head coach at Penn State, sources confirmed to JWOS on Sunday.
Crowell spent the last eight seasons as the head coach at Miami Ohio, logging more than 200 victories and leading her team to the MAC tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament during the 2016 season.
The winningest coach in Miami program history, Crowell’s squad own the MAC regular-season title in 2019, a first in the program’s history. She was named the conference’s Coach of the Year after leading her team to 35 wins and an .800 conference winning percentage that year.
Prior to her tenure as the Miami head coach, Crowell spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, where she served as the Cowgirls’ pitching coach. Her coaching resume also includes a single season on staff at Syracuse and two years at Ohio University. A three-time all-conference selection during her playing career at Virginia Tech, Crowell was inducted into the Virginia Tech All Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Penn State finished the abbreviated 2020 season with an 11-15 overall record. The Nittany Lions last recorded a winning record with the 2016 season, when they went 30-24. Previous head coach Amanda Lehotak departed the program earlier in the summer.