Creighton softball head coach Brent Vigness is returning to the Bluejay dugout, after withdrawing his name from the head coaching position at Wisconsin. Vigness will be back to coach his 18th season at Creighton next spring after announcing he would accept the Wisconsin job last week.
“Creighton University and Omaha have been my home for the last 17 years,” said the three-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. “Family is what is most important to me. I kind of lost sight of that during this process and with each passing day I’ve realized that more and more. I want to thank (athletics director) Bruce Rasmussen for welcoming me back with open arms. Creighton and Omaha is where I want to be.”
Vigness, just the second head coach in the 34-year history of Bluejay softball, recently concluded his 17th season at Creighton, where he has logged a 553-375-2 record. He will enter the 2011 season just 11 wins shy of Creighton Hall of Famer Mary Higgins’ school-record 564 victories. Under the guidance of Vigness, the Bluejays have won six MVC regular-season championships, six Valley tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times. His 701 career wins ranks him among the top-40 active coaches in the NCAA in victories.
Creighton ended its 2010 season with a 37-23 mark after appearing in its sixth NCAA Tournament in the last eight years by capturing its fifth MVC Tournament title in the past eight seasons. The Bluejays must replace six senior starters lost from the 2010 team, including record-setting All-Americans Tara Oltman at pitcher and Renae Sinkler at first base.