CANTON, Mo. -- Less than a month before student-athletes begin reporting to campus for fall workouts, Culver-Stockton College is searching for a new softball coach.
Jordan Bastian, who led the Wildcats to a 31-victory season last spring and engineered a complete turnaround during her five seasons at the helm, resigned to become the head coach at Christian Brothers College, an NCAA Division II program located in Memphis, Tenn., that is part of the Gulf Shores Conference.
"There will be a void left by the departure of Jordan Bastian," C-SC athletic director Pat Atwell said. "Jordan built a really nice program and recruited gifted student-athletes who excelled both on the field and in the classroom. Whoever replaces Jordan will have her to thank in the future as they reap the rewards of her hard work."
The Wildcats were coming off seven straight losing seasons when Bastian was hired in 2015 after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Olivet Nazarene. C-SC went 14-24 in her first season before the turnaround began in earnest as the Wildcats went 32-16 in 2016 for their highest victory total since 2004.
Bastian her five-season tenure with a 131-114 record and a 79-70 mark in Heart of America Athletic Conference play. In 2019, C-SC finished with a 31-21 record and 24-12 in league play, finishing second in the North Division.
Over the past five years, the Wildcats had 12 players named to the all-conference team, including seven first-team selections, and a freshman of the year. In 2019, Avery Johnson became the first player to be named to the NAIA All-America team under Bastian, earning second-team honors.
Atwell said a search for Bastian's replacement will begin immediately.
CBC is coming off an 11-38 season in which it failed to qualify for the Gulf Shores Conference Tournament. The Buccaneers have not had a winning season since the program's inception in 1995.
"It is an honor and privilege to be at the helm for the new era of Buccaneer softbal," Bastian said. "The future looks bright and I am excited and ready to get started."