Ohio State softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly will remain in Columbus for at least a few more years. After five seasons with the Buckeyes, Kovach Schoenly received a contract extension through 2020.
Coming in to this season, she had led the Buckeyes to 128 wins, including nine over top-25 opponents. In 2016, Ohio State appeared in its first NCAA Regional game since 2010.
“I am grateful that [athletic director] Gene Smith and [OSU associate athletics director for sports administration] TJ Shelton have offered this contract extension to continue to coach for a program and university that I love,” Kovach Schoenly told OSU Athletics. “Ohio State is where I want to be, with this group of incredible ladies, for as long as they’ll have me. I thoroughly enjoy developing young woman through sport to be ready to leave this place and go conquer the world.”
Kovach Schoenly became the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 wins and also reached 300 career wins last season. She previously coached at Miami (Ohio).
“Coach Kovach Schoenly has done a terrific job with the softball program over the past five years and we’re very excited to reward her with a contract extension,” Shelton said.
Kovach Schonely is a Michigan graduate. She has helped to boost the OSU fan support, and Ohio State set a single-game attendance record April 9 when 1,836 people watched the Buckeyes defeat her alma mater, 5-0.
Currently the Buckeyes are 35-16 (15-8 Big Ten) and are set to play South Carolina Upstate in the Knoxville regional of the NCAA tournament Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.