SB: Wigness leaving USCB for Gardner-Webb

After a stellar three-year stint at USCB, Bailey Wigness has earned her shot in the Division I ranks. The Sand Sharks’ head softball coach accepted a position Friday to lead Big South Conference member Gardner-Webb. 

“Coach Wigness has been an extraordinary coach and an amazing part of our family at USCB,” athletic director Quin Monahan said. “While I’m happy for her and the opportunities she’ll have at Gardner-Webb, I’m equally disappointed to lose her. As a young, relatively inexperienced coach coming here three years ago, I was confident she would do great things – and she certainly did. Our softball program is better today because of Coach Wigness’ impact and will be better tomorrow due to her contributions over these past three years.”

In her first head coaching position, Wigness accumulated 78 wins while leading the Sand Sharks to a Sun Conference tournament championship and NAIA Opening Round appearance in 2019. During that magical first season, Wigness’ squad raced out to an incredible 19-0 record and lost just two games at home. After the 2020 campaign was cut short, the Sand Sharks qualified for the Sun Conference tournament again in 2021 before picking up a pair of postseason victories. 

“It has been an absolute honor and privilege to lead the USCB softball program the last three years,” Wigness said. “The decision to leave the Lowcountry was very difficult, but I will always be thankful for my time here.” 

The search for the program’s next head softball coach will begin soon.

By Wes Kerr

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