Reading, Pa. (July 24) – Alvernia University Director of Athletics Bill Stiles has announced the hiring of Wes Landrum as the Head Softball Coach of the Golden Wolves.
Landrum joins the Alvernia staff following 13 years as the head coach at Frostburg State University. He takes over for Jenn Castle, who returned to Marietta College, were she was an assistant for eight years, to serve as the head coach for the Pioneers.
“Coach Landrum is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff,” said Stiles. “He is a proven winner – with over 300 wins, two 30-win seasons, and multiple Conference Championships and Coach of the Year honors. Most importantly, his coaching philosophy and desire to develop the whole student-athlete fit perfectly with Alvernia’s Mission and Core Values.”
Landrum began his coaching career as an assistant softball coach for Frostburg State in 2002, and in 2005 he was promoted to head coach. During his 13 years with the program, Landrum has accumulated a 321-227 record, and has led his team to the conference tournament all 13 years. In 2010, Frostburg State won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament and earned the program’s first berth into the NCAA tournament. Landrum has been named the AMCC Coach of the Year (2010), Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2017), and ECAC DIII South Coach of the Year (2017).
Since 2005, Landrum has coached 64 all-conference athletes between the AMCC and CAC. He has also coached 12 NFCA All-Region selections, two NFCA All-Americans, and two Capital One Academic All-Americans. Landrum has also coach five Rookie of the Years, two Players of the Year, and a Pitcher of the Year.
“I am thankful to Athletic Director Bill Stiles and the search committee for giving me this opportunity,” said Landrum. “We have some good recent success to build off here. I am looking forward to starting my next chapter here in southeastern Pennsylvania.”
Landrum also has previous history with Alvernia. In 2013, Landrum coached his Frostburg State team to two victories over Alvernia to take the ECAC South Championship, which was hosted at Alvernia’s Angelica Park.
Landrum will begin work immediately, with the Golden Wolves hosting a fall play-day on September 29, and the spring season set to get underway on February 24.