Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage announced today Eileen Schmidt has resigned as the Cavaliers’ head softball coach.
Schmidt joined the Virginia staff in June of 2007. Her six-year record was 145-168 and included a 38-81 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. UVa has gone 1-6 in ACC Tournament play during Schmidt’s tenure.
Schmidt inherited a program that went 1-20 in ACC play in 2007. In her first season, the Cavaliers upped their conference win total to six games. By 2010 UVa had improved to 13-7 in ACC play and earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers won their first-ever NCAA postseason game en route to a 34-23 record. This year’s UVa team finished 21-28 with a 4-17 mark in ACC play.
“After a long period of soul searching and reflection, I have decided to retire from coaching,” Schmidt said. “It has been an incredible journey. I am happy that I was able to lead my alma mater to its first and only appearance in the NCAA Tournament while graduating amazingly successful student-athletes. But the job is not complete. This program, alumni, and especially current team deserve new leadership and energy to finish the job. At this time I am just tired and my heart and body are telling me it is time for a break. I want to thank Craig Littlepage for his incredible support and insight throughout this process. I also want to thank all my great co-workers at Virginia.
“I love my players and this University. For me personally, I am at peace with this decision. We have some incredible recruits coming in, so the future is bright. I look forward to being a fan of the game and watching this program take the next step.”
Schmidt competed for Virginia from 1991-94. She was the first Cavalier softball player to earn all-ACC honors three times and became Virginia’s first All-American. A catcher, she captured third-team All-America accolades in 1994. She was named the 1993 ACC Player of the Year and was chosen to the ACC all-tournament team in 1993 and 1994. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from Virginia in 1994.