Kristin Chaney resigned as softball coach for ECCC after six seasons.
Kristin Chaney resigned as softball coach for ECCC after six seasons.
After six seasons, 233 wins, and six trips to the postseason, East Central Community College head softball coach Kristin Chaney is hanging up her coaching cleats.

Chaney informed the college and her team she was stepping away from coaching after the Lady Warriors’ 2018 season ended in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Tournament Friday.

She will resign effective June 1 to accept a position in the private sector.

East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart thanked Chaney for her exemplary leadership of the Lady Warrior softball program and announced that a search will begin immediately to find a replacement.

“We have known for some time that Coach Chaney was considering leaving the coaching profession,” said Stewart. “After many months of consideration and prayer she is convinced that God is leading her to make a change in her life at this time, and we are excited to see how God will use her as she begins this new chapter in her life.”

Stewart said he will be forming a search committee next week to begin the process of finding the next head softball coach at East Central Community College.

Chaney took over the East Central softball program in 2012 after four years as the assistant coach.

She led the Lady Warriors to a 233-80 record in those six years, including a second-place finish in the 2015 NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship Tournament in Clinton. All six of her ECCC teams qualified for postseason play.

Her 2018 team finished the season with a No. 10 national ranking, a 36-14 record, and a trip to the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. The 2017 Lady Warriors finished with a 42-6 record and a No. 8 ranking in the final NJCAA Top 20 poll. Her 2016 team was 42-8 and ranked No. 11 in the final poll.

Chaney is a 2005 honor graduate of ECCC and an academic Hall of Fame member. She is recognized as the college’s only two-sport All-American (basketball/softball) and was selected an NJCAA Academic All-American. She finished second in the NJCAA Female Athlete of the Year competition.

Chaney helped lead the 2005 ECCC softball team to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Central Division Title and a third-place finish in the MACJC/NJCAA Region 23 Tournament en route to a record 34 wins and only five losses. She received NJCAA All-American, All-Region 23, first team All-State and All-Central Division honors following the record-setting campaign. In addition, she received the Lady Warriors’ most valuable offensive and defensive player awards.