On Tuesday afternoon the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s league office announced MSUM’s Mike Armitage as the NSIC Coach of the Year. Armitage joins Jason Sobolik (2004) as the only NSIC Coach of the Year recipients in program history.
The Dragons improved by 20 wins in 2023 from last season. The second-year head coach led MSUM to a 28-14 mark this season after finishing with an 8-34 record in his first season. 28 wins are the most in a single season for MSUM since 2007.
Under Armitage’s leadership MSUM has snapped a 15-year postseason drought as the team is eyeing its first appearance in the NSIC Softball Tournament since 2008. The #6 seeded Dragons will square off with #3 seed Winona State on Wednesday, May 3 in Rochester, Minn. with game time set for 12 p.m.
This season a handful of team and individual records have been broken for the Dragons. MSUM set the single-season school records in on-base percentage, runs, rune batted in. Freshman slugger Mack Gallagher set a pair of records herself, breaking the single-season home run and RBI records. Junior Evey Evans set the single-season school record with five saves.