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Pete D’Amour

 
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Guiding Virginia Tech to one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA softball history, Pete D’Amour led the Hokies in his first year to a 24-game win improvement.

The 47 wins were the fourth most in school history while the 20 ACC wins were the most in program history. On Tech’s way to 20 league wins, it earned an ACC regular-season title and a Coastal Division crown after being picked 10th in the ACC preseason poll. By doing so, it also earned the Hokies their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2015, winning two games at the Lexington Regional to pick up their first NCAA win since 2014.

No stranger to success, D’Amour, out of the new 11 Power Five head coaches in 2019, picked up the most wins of the group. The 2019 ACC Coach of the Year earned the nod to mark just Tech's second time winning it, while a school-record five Hokies made an All-ACC first team. Under D’Amour’s direction, pitcher Carrie Eberle was named ACC Pitcher of the Year and third baseman Kelsey Bennett was tabbed Freshman of the Year.

He also tutored two Softball America All-Americans in outfielders Emma Strouth and Darby Trull, who both hit over .400 and tallied 60-plus putouts, as well as a school-record seven NFCA All-Region (Mid-Atlantic) selections and a school-record eight VaSID all-staters. D'Amour also was tabbed VaSID Coach of the Year.

Under his watch, Tech became ranked during the season, something that hadn’t been done since 2015, and got up to as high as No. 19 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA poll. The Hokies were ranked for 11 consecutive weeks in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, breaking the program record set in 2007 of 10 weeks, and picked up two ranked wins on the year, beating then-No. 8/8 Georgia and then-No. 20/17 JMU.

Tech took big strides at the plate in ’19, resetting over 20 individual and team school records, including batting average (.334) and home runs (97), just to name a few. The Hokies led the ACC in batting average and home runs per game (1.67), while also getting it done in the circle with shutouts (22). D'Amour had the Hokies ready to play against in-state rival Virginia in the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, sweeping the Cavaliers 3-0 and not allowing a runner to touch third base or home plate in the series, a first in program history, for three shutout wins.

Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced D’Amour’s hire on May 31, 2018.