NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Indiana University Southeast softball head coach Todd Buckingham resigned Monday to become head coach as Saginaw Valley State in Saginaw, Michigan.
Buckingham built the IU Southeast fast-pitch program from the ground up. He was hired as head coach in January of 2006, a year before the program’s first pitch, and led the Grenadiers to the KIAC tournament championship in the program’s first season. Since then he has presided over five regular-season titles and four tournament titles.
Buckingham’s record at IU Southeast is 186-111 (.626). His overall record stands at 263-252 (.511).
The 2012 season made more history for the Grenadiers. IU Southeast advanced to the NAIA National Tournament where it defeated fifth-ranked Lubbock Christian and 12th-ranked Union (Tenn.) for the program’s first wins at the NAIA National Tournament. The Grenadiers won Pool E before losing in bracket play to Central Baptist and Auburn Univ.-Montgomery.
“I want to thank Todd for all of his hard work and dedication to the program and University for this past six years,” IU Southeast Athletic Director Joe Glover said. “This program has been successful on the field and in the classroom and has been a great source of pride for the University. We wish Todd well at SVSU.”
A national search for Buckingham’s replacement will begin immediately.