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GRCC Announces New Softball Coach After Brian Skudre Resigns

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By Kaia Zimmerman 

On Sat. Aug. 21, Grand Rapids Community College Athletics announced the new softball coach, Molly McKinney, following Brian Skudre’s resignation. 

“(McKinney) has Division I playing experience, she played at the University of Maine,” said GRCC Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo. “She also has multiple coaching experiences, she has some head coaching experiences and some assistant coaching experiences as well. The thing that was most attractive was that she was already an employee here… she is on campus a lot, so those student athletes will have access to her throughout the day.”

McKinney was the assistant coach for GRCC under Skudre for the previous 2020-21 season, and was given the job by Ferullo, following Skudre’s resignation after five years with the Raiders. 

According to Ferullo, Skudre resigned on July 23 because of some ongoing health issues he had been dealing with. 

“Over the course of last season, I started developing some health issues,” Skudre said. “I was able to handle it enough where I made it through the whole season, but it was tough. It took a lot out of me. Well, going into this past summer it got worse. After talking to my doctor and getting a second opinion, we decided I could not go through another season like last year, especially with it getting worse. So I decided to put my health and family first and take some time off to get better. I couldn’t put my full energy into the program like it deserved and still get healthy. Plus my kids are getting to the age where I was missing a lot of their activities. Just seemed like it was the right time to step away.” 

There was no official announcement from GRCC Athletics of his resignation because Ferullo was going into her first few days as an athletic director when Skudre resigned. 

“It was probably a bad mistake on my part that we didn’t do an official release, but I was literally just on the job for four days before this happened,” said Ferullo. “I was caught a little off guard.”

McKinney played varsity softball at Byron Center High School for four years along with playing travel ball, where she won a national title and was named Second Team All-American. 

She continued her athletic career with a scholarship to the University of Maine where she started in the outfield all four years. 

As well as experience on the field, McKinney has years of experience as a coach. She coached at Byron Center and the University of Maine as well as Frank W. Springstead High School in Spring Hill, Florida. 

McKinney earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from the University of Maine and later earned a master’s degree in Health and Human Performance from Western Michigan University. She would later go on to teach math at GRCC starting in 2009. 

The Raiders underwent a tough season in the 2020-21 season as they finished 6-26 under Skudre. They will look to bounce back from last year’s tough season this year under McKinney. 

With very few players returning from the previous season, the Raiders are looking for players to fill the roster for the upcoming 2021-22 season. There will be an informational meeting on Sept. 1 at 4 p.m located in room 214 in the Ford Fieldhouse. There will also be tryouts for the team on Sept. 7-9 and Sept.13 from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. at Belknap Park. 

If you are interested in playing for the GRCC softball program, you can email McKinney at mmckinney@grcc.edu

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