TACOMA, Wash. -
The Pacific Lutheran University athletic department and Athletic Director Laurie Turner
announced on Monday the hiring of Traci Barrett
as interim head coach of the storied Lute softball program.
"I'm excited that Traci has agreed to serve as our head softball coach. With her experience at PLU serving under two previous coaches, she certainly has familiarity with our program,"said Athletic Director Laurie Turner
"She's well connected in the softball community with strong recruiting ties in the Pacific Northwest. More importantly, she will bring consistency and continuity to our program that will help shape a positive student-athlete experience."
Barrett is elevated to the interim head coach position after serving the past three years as an assistant coach for the program. That stretch saw the Lutes win 60 games on the diamond, including a pair of wins over a team ranked in the Top 10 in 2018, while advancing to the Northwest Conference Tournament title game in 2017.
Barrett joined the Lutes after a successful stint coaching in the club ranks. Barrett served as an assistant coach of the Washington Lady Hawks, one of the premier club teams in the Northwest, from 2014 to 2016 and was the head coach of Northwest Speed Fastpitch from 2010 to 2014, including winning the Washington State NSA Championship in 2014. Barrett also served as the Program Co-Creator and Director of Force Basketball.
Barrett received an Associate of Arts degree from Pierce College and a degree in U.S. History from the University of Washington.
She replaces Brandi Gordon-Bennett who stepped down after two seasons at the helm to pursue other professional opportunities outside of coaching.