Michigan State softball head coach Jacquie Joseph steps down after 29 seasons


MSU coach Jacquie Joseph walks during the Spartans’ 2-1 loss to Ohio State on April 3, 2022/ Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

Liam Jackson, Sports editor

EAST LANSING – Jacquie Joseph has stepped down as the head coach of Michigan State softball after 29 seasons. Joseph amassed 753 wins at MSU and leaves as the winningest coach in program history.

Although Joseph is leaving her job on the diamond, she will not be away from the athletic department. She will be working in a sports administration role for MSU.

Joseph’s head coaching career began at Bowling Green in 1989. MSU hired her in 1994 after she led BGSU to a MAC championship and earned coach of the year honors in the conference.

At Michigan State, Joseph has led four teams to NCAA Regional appearances. The last being in 2004, when MSU won the Big Ten tournament.

Her contributions to the sport warranted an induction into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016. On top of winning nearly 900 games in her coaching career, Joseph has written two books about coaching softball, “Defensive Softball Drills” and “The Baffled Parents Guide to Coaching Youth Softball.”

“I appreciate the confidence that Athletic Director Alan Haller and Deputy AD Jennifer Smith have shown in asking that I contribute to the department in a new manner. I look forward to working toward enhancing the experiences of our student-athletes and coaches from a different perspective,” Joseph said in a press release.

Joseph is a Michigan native. She graduated from Flint Carman-Ainsworth high school and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame as an individual in 2005. She attended Central Michigan University and played softball for the Chippewas. After graduating from CMU, she began her softball coaching career as an assistant coach for her alma mater.