Pete D’Amour, who guided Kennesaw State’s softball team to unprecented heights at the Division I level, resigned Thursday to assume the same position at Virginia Tech.
D’Amour succeeds Scot Thomas, who served as the Hokies’ coach for 23 seasons, since the team’s inception.
Kennesaw State, which is coming off a 39-17 season that included the ASUN Conference’s regular-season and tournament championships, made history earlier this month by earning the program’s first Division I regional appearance, competing in Tallahassee, Florida.
“It has been a fun experience that last two years,” D’Amour said in a release. “When I got the call to be Kennesaw State’s head softball coach in the fall of 2016, there was some uncertainty on both ends. The program appeared to be on unsteady ground from an outsider’s perspective and I had never been a head coach. Two years later, we were fortunate enough to rewrite history and make some of our own.”
While at Kennesaw State, D’Amour led the Owls to a 79-37 record (.681) and two postseason appearances, capping his tenure by earning ASUN Coach of the Year honors this year.
“We want to thank Pete for his service and dedication to Kennesaw State University, the softball program and its student-athletes, and wish him nothing but success in his new position as head coach at Virginia Tech,” Kennesaw State athletic director Milton Overton said in the release. “Pete is definitely leaving the KSU softball program in a great place and in a position for his successor to continue the great tradition of Owls Softball.”
Before coming to Kennesaw State, D’Amour had served 10 years as an assistant at Missouri, his alma mater.
Virginia Tech will be coming off a 23-30 finish overall, and a 7-16 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
TIME SET FOR FOOTBALL OPENER: Kennesaw State’s trip to face Georgia State at the former Turner Field will come under the lights.
The Owls and Panthers will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 inside Georgia State Stadium.
The game, Kennesaw State’s first against a Football Bowl Subdivision team, will be broadcast by ESPN Plus, the sports network’s new streaming service.
The Big South Conference champion Owls are coming off a 12-2 mark and run into the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, while the Panthers went 7-5 and won the season-ending Cure Bowl.