Georgia softball coach Lu Harris-Champer announces retirement, gives new AD Josh Brooks first coaching search
A day after Oklahoma eliminated Georgia from the Women’s College World Series, long-time Bulldogs coach Lu Harris-Champer has announced her retirement.
“A decision like this is always difficult, particularly when you work at a wonderful institution like the University of Georgia,” Harris-Champer said, according to a release from Georgia. “I am beyond grateful for my time here in Athens. I was truly blessed to work with tremendous colleagues and coach amazing student-athletes that mean so much to me. This decision came down to family. It was the right time for me to step away from the team and institution I love, while still being lucky enough to have more time with my children before they graduate high school. I am thankful to Coach Dooley for giving me this opportunity and to Greg McGarity and the entire UGAAA family for all of their support on and off the field. I will always be proud of my time here.”
Harris-Champer’s career spanned 25 seasons as a college head coach, as she won over 1,100 games. She took teams to 23 NCAA Tournaments and seven Women’s College World Series appearances. She concludes her career in the top-25 all-time in NCAA victories with 1,168. In her career, 23 student-athletes have earned All-America status 38 times from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.