Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie has announced the hiring of Cheryl Milligan as the new head softball coach. Milligan brings a wealth of experience in collegiate softball as she was the head coach at Division III Tufts University for 15 years before joining Army's coaching staff last season as an assistant coach. "I am thrilled that Cheryl will be leading our softball program," Buddie said. "Her record of success running a national caliber program and her obvious commitment to developing leaders of character made her a perfect fit for our department." Under Milligan, Tufts became the first team in NCAA Division III history to win three consecutive national championships from 2013-2015.
"I'm very honored to be the next softball coach at Army West Point," Milligan said. "On behalf of our family, I want to thank Mike Buddie, Dan McCarthy, Wen Chang and the entire search committee for their dedication to this program. The future of Black Knight softball is very bright, and I look forward to getting started with our amazing cadet-athletes." The Jumbos played in five of the last eight NCAA Finals in the final eight years of Milligan's time at the helm. Prior to the three straight national titles, Milligan coached the Jumbos into the NCAA Finals in 2009 and 2012 as well. Tufts won four straight NCAA Regional/Super Regional championships (2012-15) and six overall during Milligan's tenure. They earned four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crowns in a span of Milligan's final five years and 10 in total.
Milligan was named NESCAC Coach of the Year four straight times and is an eight-time recipient overall. Her teams have a combined record of 437-124 for an outstanding .779 winning percentage.