May 8, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - After three seasons as the head coach of the Ole Miss softball program, Windy Thees is being relieved of her duties, as announced Thursday by Director of Athletics Ross Bjork. A national search to find Thees' replacement will begin immediately.
"Although three years is a short window for most athletic programs, we have decided that an immediate change in leadership is needed for Ole Miss Softball," said Bjork. "In the ultra-competitive SEC, our program did not show the amount of progress we had hoped for during Coach Thees' tenure. We want to thank Windy for her efforts over the past three seasons."
The Rebels posted a 22-31 mark this season, including a 3-21 record in Southeastern Conference play. In her time at Ole Miss, Thees accumulated a 69-94 record and was 13-63 in SEC action.
"In our overall evaluation of the program, we simply did not see the evidence or predictors for success that are necessary ingredients to be competitive in our conference and on the national level," Bjork said. "Ultimately we have to make the best decisions for our student-athletes, university and athletics program, and it is our belief that a new voice was needed for the program. Ole Miss has become a destination both academically and athletically, and we believe we can attract a top-flight coach to lead our program to a competitive place and build a tradition of success for Ole Miss Softball. We will begin a national search right away."
Thees came to Ole Miss from Memphis, where she was the head coach for the program's first six seasons. The Mesa, Ariz., native has been a head coach for 14 years, including nine at the Division I level, and boasts a 404-337 career record.
The Rebels increased their hits total each year under Thees, including a program-record 396 hits in 2014. Ole Miss also set program records in 2014 in RBIs (217), walks (150) and tied the program's single-season saves mark (5).