Mike Eaves, who spent the past 14 seasons leading Division I Wisconsin before being fired following the season, was named coach at St. Olaf on Friday.
Eaves' Badgers appeared in seven NCAA tournaments, winning a national title in 2006, while compiling a 267-225-76 record in Madison.
"Mike is a proven winner at every level he has coached and embodies everything our department and college stand for," Oles athletic director Ryan Bowles said.
"It's a unique situation to do something special," said Eaves, who began his collegiate coaching career at Division III Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1986.
St. Thomas lost 2-0 to St. John Fisher (N.Y.) in an elimination game in the NCAA Division III softball tournament in Salem, Va. Lindsey Thayer of St. John Fisher threw a two-hitter and struck out seven. The Cardinals scored on a solo homer in the sixth inning and three singles in the seventh.
The Tommies, who finish 43-8, played without Kierstin Anderson-Glass, a .374 hitter who was 30-5 in the circle. She was injured late in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Emory.
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Five Gophers women advanced to the NCAA track and field meet by finishing in the top 12 in their events at the West Preliminary meet in Lawrence, Kan.
Heta Turri tied for first in the high jump (5-10¾). Lyndsey Thorpe broke the school record in the hammer throw (203-6) in placing seventh. Nicolle Murphy was eighth in the javelin (166-7). Liz Berkholtz was ninth in the 10,000 (34:28.58) and Kaila Urick 12th in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:14.49).
The national meet is June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.
In the men's competition, Sean Donnelly of the Gophers took fourth in the hammer throw (217-8) and Mitch Hechsel sixth in the 800 (1:48.37).
• In the NCAA Division II track and field meet in Bradenton, Fla., Breanna Colbenson of Minnesota Duluth took fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:20.73) and Rafael Saez of St. Cloud State seventh in the men's discus (168-8).
• Amelia Campbell of Carleton won the heptathlon (5,108 points) at the NCAA Division III meet in Waverly, Iowa. Travis Jacobson of Hamline finished fifth in the men's shot put (55-9¾).
• First baseman Alex Wojciechowski of Minnesota Duluth earned his second national player of the year award — this time presented by the NCAA Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association.
• Gustavus softball coach Jeff Annis retired after 11 seasons. He had a record of 325-134-1 and his Gusties won the 2015 MIAC tournament and regular-season conference titles in 2003 and 2009.
• Steve Mohs, the swimming and diving coach at St. Catherine for four years, has resigned.