The University of Missouri has opted to retain softball coach Ehren Earleywine after he had been under investigation because of complaints regarding his coaching style.
The school is not sharing details of the internal review, citing university policy. The school’s former athletics director, Mack Rhoades, had launched an investigation into the program in April after receiving player complaints about the coach.
“Naturally, I’m relieved to have this process done, and I deeply regret the attention this has brought to our program and University,” Earleywine said in a statement released by the school. “I do understand that the University was obligated to review the allegations. As I’ve said previously, I fully recognize that I need to improve in certain areas, and I am committed to working on those areas moving forward. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue to coach this program, and I’ve said a thousand times, I love this place with all my heart and look forward to being the coach here for many years to come. The support our program receives means so much, and I am grateful for our fans. Hopefully, we can now refocus on maintaining the great softball tradition we have built here and put this in the past.”
Earleywine has led the Tigers to three Women’s College World Series appearances in 10 seasons as head coach.
“We have had productive conversations with Coach Earleywine and he understands our expectations moving forward,” Missouri senior associate AD Tim Hickman said in a a statement. “While the process was a lengthy one, we know it was thorough and fair, and we’re now at a place of resolution. I am pleased to work together toward the continued success of our softball program under coach Earleywine.”