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MSU to introduce new softball coach


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STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today. 


A report today in The Clarion-Ledger indicated Stuedeman, who was fired after 11 seasons at Alabama, will replace Jay Miller, who was fired last month after nine seasons in Starkville. MSU finished 24-32 this season and lost in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. 


Alabama went 53-11 but lost to the University of Florida 16-2 and 9-2 in the Women''s College World Series. Stuedeman was fired after head coach Patrick Murphy left the school to take the job as head coach at LSU and then reconsidered his choice. Upon his return to the school, Murphy announced the decision not to retain Stuedeman as a member of his coaching staff. 


Stuedeman, a Birmingham, Ala., native, was an All-America pitcher at Huntingdon College (1991-94). She spent a semester at the University of Alabama, but she wanted to play softball in college, so she transferred to the school in Montgomery, Ala. She went on to become a graduate assistant coach at the University of West Alabama, where she spent two seasons. She then worked for her sister, Les, as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville for three years.



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