BALTIMORE – UMBC head softball coach Joe French has announced the addition of Larry Alvis to the 2013 coaching staff. Alvis, a 1979 graduate of UMBC, once again makes his return to the Retrievers, having also served on French's staff from 2002-04.
"Having Larry back at UMBC is a tremendous addition for our team," French said. "Larry has been very successful at every stop in his coaching career. The last time he was here as our pitching coach, we amassed 114 wins which is the second most in any three-year period in UMBC softball history, behind only the 1995-97 record of 115 wins.
"Teaming with coach Julia Culotta and volunteer coach Kristy Kaemmerlen, this is one of the strongest and most experienced staffs that we've had in some time. Larry is an aggressive recruiter who has attracted quality student-athletes to UMBC in the past. He will assist in day-to-day operations of the program, as needed by assisting Julia, Kristy and myself."
Alvis spent the past two seasons at Notre Dame of Maryland University, where he helped the Gators to their best record in the program's short history in 2013. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Alvis spent six seasons as the head coach at Mount St. Mary's, where he compiled 118 wins, the most in program history, and was honored as the 2006 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.
During his time with the Retrievers, Alvis helped French guide UMBC to a Northeast Conference (NEC) regular season title, an NEC Tournament Championship and an NCAA Regional Tournament game victory, the first by any Retriever team in school history. During his stint, UMBC amassed a 114-77 overall mark, including a program-best 47 victories in 2002.
"I want to thank Tim Hall, Joe French and the administration for this opportunity to come back and be reunited with the softball program," said Alvis. "I have fond memories of my time at UMBC in the past and hope to have many more in the future.
"I am very excited to be back with Coach French and looking forward to working with Coach Culotta and Coach Kaemmerlen," Alvis continued. "I have come full circle to be back at UMBC and with the Retrievers' softball team and I can't wait to get started."
Alvis also spent seven seasons with the Anne Arundel Community College softball team, as an assistant coach for six years and moving to the helm in 2001. He led the Pioneers to a second-place finish at the NJCAA National Championship. AACC advanced to the National Championship game five years in a row, including back-to-back third-place finished during Alvis' reign.
Alvis, a 1979 graduate of UMBC with a bachelor's degree in political science, currently resides in Pasadena, Md. with his wife, Sharon.
"This well-rounded staff has the program excited about the upcoming fall and spring seasons," said French.
The Retrievers open the fall season at George Washington on Sunday, Sept. 22. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1:30 p.m.