Piper Ritter has been promoted from within and is now the new head coach of the Gopher softball team at the University of Minnesota.
Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced the hire Sunday, saying Ritter "is the right person for the job," adding that "she was one of the best players ever to wear the Maroon and Gold and consistently developed All-American talent as an assistant coach."
Ritter earned All-Big Ten honors each year she played for the Gophers (2001-04) and prior to joining the Minnesota coaching staff she had coaching stints at North St. Paul High School and the University of Colorado.
Ritter replaces Jamie Trachsel, who coached the Gophers to the Women's College World Series last season and recently accepted the head coaching job at the University of Mississippi.
According to Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, Trachsel will see her salary go from $140,000 at the University of Minnesota to $245,000 at Ole Miss.