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April 18, 2013

Renault tabbed RSU softball coach

CLAREMORE — Rogers State University Athletics Director Ryan Bradley named assistant softball coach Amy Renault its new head softball coach on Wednesday, effective for the 2013-14 season.

Renault, who has been a member of the RSU coaching staff for the last five seasons, becomes the third head coach in the history of the program.

She replaces Mark Dicus who has announced he will resign at the end of the season after five years at the helm of the softball program.

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Rogers State softball program and continue the tradition and success that has already been created,” Renault said.

“I am very appreciative to our University administration and Athletics Director Ryan Bradley for their support. I would also like to thank Coach Dicus, who I have worked alongside for the last five years and gave me my start at Rogers State. I am looking forward to the great things to come in the future.”

The Claremore native returned home to begin her coaching career with the Hillcats in 2009.

In her five years as assistant to Mark Dicus’ the Hillcats have compiled a 173-110 record, posting 30 or more wins each season.

The Hillcats opened the 2013 season on a 30-game win streak and are currently ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll.

With two weeks to play in the regular season the Hillcats have a 38-9 record, their most wins in Renault’s five season with the Hillcats.

Seven infielders have been named to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference team while two infielders earned All-Conference Gold Glove recognition under her guidance.

“I’m happy to offer Amy this opportunity and thrilled she has accepted the challenge,” Bradley said.

“She exemplifies every characteristic we look for in a head coach at RSU. She has been deeply invested in our program for the past five years and I have no doubt she will lead the Hillcats to even greater heights in the years ahead.”

The former Claremore High School standout helped the Lady Zebras to a pair of State Championships in 2003.

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