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Wisconsin softball adds Missy Dow to coaching staff

Missy Dow

July 27, 2014

MADISON, Wis. ­­­— Missy Dow, the head coach for the Loyola University Chicago softball program since 2011, has been hired as Wisconsin’s pitching coach, head coach Yvette Healy announced Sunday. 

“I am very excited to be part of the Badger family and back in the Big Ten Conference,” Dow said. “I couldn’t be more honored to be associated with a world class university and elite softball program.”

During her four years at the pinnacle of the Loyola program, Dow collected 105 victories and led the Ramblers to a pair of Horizon League titles. In her first season, she was named conference coach of the year after guiding a squad picked to finish sixth to the Horizon League regular-season title.

A trio of Ramblers earned all-conference honors in 2014 after joining the Missouri Valley Conference, while senior ace, Brittany Gardner, garnered the MVC Pitcher of the Year award under Dow.

“We are honored to welcome Missy Dow to Badger softball staff,” Healy said. “Missy is one of the top pitching coaches in the country. We are thrilled to attract a successful Division I head coach and conference coach of the year to our staff.” 

Dow’s .515 career winning percentage ranked second in Loyola history, and her 105 victories were the third-highest total in school history behind Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy, who was the head coach at Loyola from 2004-2010.

Dow has produced 14 All-Horizon Leagues honorees, two National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second-Team All-Great Lakes Region selections, a Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, the program’s first-ever National Professional Fastpitch player and two CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District picks. 

“In addition to her stellar playing career, pitching at the BCS level, Missy has proven her ability to teach and coach, coaching in Division I athletics for eight years,” Healy said. “She has produced a conference Pitcher of the Year on three separate occasions in both the Horizon League and the Missouri Valley, helping her team to win conference championships as both a head and assistant coach.”

Before joining the staff at Loyola, the Golden Valley, Minnesota, native was a star pitcher at Penn State, where she ranks second in Penn State history with 53 victories.

She tossed two perfect games for the Nittany Lions and totaled a school-record 746 strikeouts in her career. Dow led Penn State to an NCAA appearance in her senior season and went on to pitch professionally for the Chicago Bandits after graduating.

“Her insights into successfully pitching the Big Ten Conference make her the ideal pitching coach at Wisconsin,” Healy said.

Healy and Dow will reunite at Wisconsin, as the two spent three years together on the Ramblers coaching staff when Healy was head coach and Dow served as an assistant coach.

“I look forward to helping Wisconsin softball reach new heights,” Dow said.

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