LAKELAND, Fla.—The first, and only head coach Southeastern University softball has ever had will be stepping down. Anna Welsh has resigned her position at SEU, and will be named the new head softball coach at Arizona Christian University.
“It is with mixed emotions that I leave Southeastern University and the softball program that I was so honored to start,” said Welsh. “I would like to thank Dr. Chris Owen for bringing me here and giving me such an awesome opportunity. I would also like to thank Director of Athletics Drew Watson for his constant support from the very beginning.”
Welsh, who coached at Bethel College prior to her arrival, guided the Fire through its infancy, winning 230 games over her six seasons in Lakeland. Southeastern won at least 40 games each of the last four seasons. The biggest highlight came in 2016, when the Fire won 44 games, won the Grand Rapids Bracket of the NAIA National Championship, and finished third at the NAIA Softball World Series.
The Fire also made three additional NAIA postseason appearances under Welsh. Additionally, SEU has had five All-Americans, and 25 All-Conference award winner, including three conference pitcher or player of the year winners.
“From the beginning, Anna has shown a team-first attitude and approach to her job here,” said Watson. “She not only built a program who perennially challenges for the top spot in the Sun Conference, but she faithfully served as our first compliance coordinator and laid the groundwork for many of the things we do now in that area. I am appreciative of her investment in Fire athletics and wish her the very best.”
Arizona Christian begins its seventh season of competition in 2019, and posted a 15-28 record last season, with a 6-12 mark in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
“There have also been so many SEU faculty and staff too numerous to count who have impacted my family’s time here. For their support and friendship, I will be forever grateful,” said Welsh.
A national search for Welsh’s replacement will begin immediately.