Zias softball coach resigning

CNJ staff

The Eastern New Mexico University softball team will soon be searching for its program’s sixth coach.

Amber Daniel, who has spent the last two years as head coach, announced her resignation, effective May 31.

“Over the past five seasons, I feel I have learned a great deal about intercollegiate athletics, and most importantly, I have grown as a person,” said Daniel, who went 87-87 in parts of four seasons at the helm. “I am grateful for the opportunity that ENMU has given me and I will cherish the relationships I have gained since coming to Portales.”

Daniel, 26, posted a 52-51 record in her two years as full-time head coach.

The Zias went 24-23 this season.

She also filled in during the 2005 season when head coach Armando Quiroz was injured and took over as interim coach when Quiroz resigned five games into the 2007 campaign.

“I appreciated Amber’s contributions to the athletic department, particularly to the softball program,” ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said. “She has filled every role asked of her since coming to the program in 2005.”

Since the departure of Kathleen Rodriguez, who built the program and led it to its only NCAA tournament appearance, Daniel is the only coach who lasted more two complete seasons.

Maguire said the university will conduct a national search to fill the position.