Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset has announced Josh Dzurick will assume head coaching duties for the Spartans' softball program effective immediately.
"It's a great opportunity (for the university) to be able to extend the utilization of the passion and talent of a coach of Josh's stature," Espeset said. "His success at the helm of the women's basketball program speaks for itself. I'm confident his work as a volunteer assistant for softball can provide strong leadership to take the program on continuous upward heights."
Dzurick had been a volunteer assistant under former head coach Tracy Cromer since 2011.
"I'm very humbled and honored by the confidence President (Dave) McFadden, Dr. (Mark) Huntington and Rick have in me to lead two collegiate athletic programs along with my other responsibilities within athletic administration and the Exercise and Sport Sciences department," Dzurick stated. "I hope it's very obvious that I'm passionate about Manchester University and its mission to develop graduates of ability and conviction.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to lead the softball program as it's an impressive group of student-athletes … a very talented and passionate group," he added. "Passion is important, and I see it aiding the foundation of this program. I look forward to quickly building relationships with the first year student-athletes and getting started on building strong team chemistry. There are no restrictions on the program's success. This is not a rebuilding project … we'll hit the ground 'running'."