Sami Strinz-Ward will be named the next head coach at Texas Tech, sources have confirmed to JWOS.
Strinz-Ward spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Loyola Marymount, her alma mater. During the 2018 season, Strinz-Ward led the Lions to the National Invitational Softball Championship postseason tournament title. In 2019, the program reached the 40-win plateau and again made their way to the final round of the NISC tournament.
A 3-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Strinz-Ward shared the award in 2016 and earned the trophy outright in both 2018 and 2019.
Prior to her return to Los Angeles, Strinz-Ward’s coaching resume includes stints as a head coach at Academy of Art and Dakota Wesleyan, and as an assistant at Saint Mary’s and Louisiana Tech. She also spent the 2015 season as an assistant at LMU.
Strinz-Ward will take the helm of a Texas Tech program that parted ways with former head coach Adrian Gregory in mid-September. The Red Raiders released the results of an internal investigation following Gregory’s departure. The squad finished the abbreviated 2020 campaign with a 17-9 record, and were 42-16 during the 2019 season.
Eric Lopez contributed to this report.