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FLORENCE -- The contract for University of North Alabama softball coach Jeremy Reece will not be renewed for 2012-13, ending his 11-year coaching career with the Lions.
UNA finished the 2012 season with a 20-26 record and was just 8-21 in Gulf South Conference games. The Lions have not had a winning season in softball since 2008.
"UNA has been a great place to work for the last 11 years and it will always have a special place in my heart," Reece said. "I look forward to the new challenges ahead in my life."
"I appreciate Jeremy's character and professionalism and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder.
The fourth head coach in UNA softball history, Reece's 287 total victories are the most in the program's history but his final overall record with the Lions is 287-292. He led UNA to four straight winning seasons from 2005-08 that included banner seasons in 2005 and 2006.
Reece's 2005 club broke or tied 15 team and individual school records as UNA went 36-20 on the year. That team produced All-South Region selections Jessica Liddy and Krystal Hand.
The 2006 UNA softball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in school history. The Lions went 40-20 on the year and concluded the season with a berth in the South Region Tournament. The club broke or tied 24 team and individual school records, including most wins in a season.
Under Reece, the 2006 Lions also produced the school's first All-American in softball when junior Jessica Liddy was selected to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA second team All-America list.
Prior to becoming head coach at UNA, Reece had seven years of collegiate softball coaching experience. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Union University from 1995-97 before first coming to UNA in 1998, where he was a graduate assistant coach.