CSU softball coach resigns

Less than a year after leading her team to the Division II world series, Tiffany Tootle has resigned as Columbus State’s softball coach.

The ninth-year head coach had been on paid administrative leave since mid-March for unspecified reasons. She was also placed on leave last fall after a disagreement within the coaching staff.

Tootle’s resignation is effective immediately, although she will continue in her teaching position with CSU’s physical education department through the remainder of the current term. CSU has offered her a teaching contract for fall term as well.

Assistant coach Brad Huskisson, who coached CSU to an 11-6 record after Tootle was placed on leave, will coach the team should the Lady Cougars (24-18) receive a berth in the South Atlantic Regional.

Tootle coached CSU to a 318-128 record, including five postseason appearances. Prior to this season, she had coached the Cougars to three straight Peach Belt Conference tournament titles and back-to-back regular-season conference championships.

Last year was her most successful season at CSU, as the Cougars earned a No. 1 national ranking and played in the school’s first-ever Division II world series. CSU ended the season with a 58-5 record and finished third in the world series.

“Columbus State appreciates her leadership of the softball program over the past nine years," CSU President Frank Brown said in a press release. "Her teams have accomplished a great deal during her time with us, including a trip to the the Division II Softball Championship tournament last year."