GOSHEN, Ind. – After five years at the helm of the Goshen College softball program, head coach Lee Mast announced his resignation from the post on Friday.
"I am grateful for Lee's passion and dedication to Goshen College Athletics and the softball program," Athletic Director Tim Demant said. "Lee has been a tireless worker, building a softball program that had folded prior to his arrival."
Taking over a program which struggled to field a team due to low numbers, Mast quickly built a competitive roster. His teams have ranged from 18-20 student-athletes each of the last three seasons.
In addition to successfully reviving the softball team as a viable program, Mast has found success on and off the field.
His teams has reached double digit wins in four of his five seasons, including the second four-year run of double-digit victories since the program began in 1993. He exits with 59 wins, second only to Dawn Austin's 108. Mast has coached five all conference selections and has players littered throughout the program's record book in multiple categories.
Off the field, Mast's players have been awarded 10 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors – the Maple Leafs had just seven in the previous 15 years. He also recruited and coached the program's first-ever Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2013 graduate Jana Beitler.
Demant said that a national search for the seventh head coach of the Maple Leaf softball program would begin immediately.