It did not take long for Jenny Condon to replace Claire Sua-Amundson.
Less than a month after Stanford announced Sua-Amundsen would be joining the Cardinal after five seasons as an assistant to Condon at Cal Poly, the Mustangs are announcing a new softball associate head coach.
It’s former Wright State head coach and UNLV standout Linda Garza, who directed Wright State to a 31-30-1 record, a Horizon League Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament during her lone 2010 campaign with the program.
“We’re excited to add Linda to our coaching staff as she brings an incredible amount of experience as both a coach and player,” Condon said in a news release. “It’s rare to have the opportunity to bring in someone with postseason head coaching experience. I believe she’ll be a great compliment to our staff and will transition seamlessly into the Cal Poly softball family. Her passion, knowledge and experience will be felt immediately.”
If the mood of your fall season was hinging on the coaching situation with Mustangs softball stabilizing, then this is a comforting move. Cal Poly appears to have lost only one out of three coaching bodies for less than a month and gets everyone in place leading up to the fall signing period.
As Cal Poly baseball found out when Jesse Zepeda left for Long Beach State this summer, replacing coaches is just a byproduct of being a successful team when you’re not on the upper end of the food chain.
The key to sustained success for coaches like Condon and baseball’s Larry Lee — and pretty much every head coach at Cal Poly — is to keep a keen eye for coaching talent. How do you think this move will work out?