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May 8, 2013

Auburn removes only softball coach in school history; Tina Deese led Tigers for 17 years

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn Softball@WarEagleExtra

AUBURN, Ala. — The only softball coach in Auburn’s history is being replaced.

Tina Deese was fired Wednesday after 17 years of guiding the Tigers. Her career record was 562-458-1 with nine NCAA regional appearances, but she was 212-272 in the SEC (including 7-17 in 2013) upon taking over the inaugural squad in 1997.

“I deeply appreciate Tina’s many contributions to our program,” athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “She started it from the ground up, and I will always appreciate her role in establishing a foundation for Auburn softball. I made this decision because I felt it was time to move in another direction.”

The Tigers are 14-42 all-time versus Alabama, and have just one SEC tournament victory since 2005. Auburn has just two SEC West runner-up finishes, and no division crowns, in its history.

“I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach the Auburn softball program the last 17 seasons,” Deese said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that I will not be there to lead the team moving forward, but would like to thank the players, coaches and support staff that have been part of the program since I arrived in 1995. I’m also very appreciative of the Auburn family, community and university during my tenure, and wish the program nothing but the best.”

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