FROSTBURG, Md. —
Frostburg State University Athletic Director Ralph Brewer recently named Wes Landrum head coach of the Bobcat softball program. Landrum had served as the interim head coach since April 1, when former head coach Chris Starke resigned to focus more on his duties as the school’s sports information director.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity, and I hope I can continue to build the softball program here at Frostburg State,” said Landrum, who earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from FSU in May 2000 and completed his master's of education in curriculum and instruction from FSU in May 2002.
Landrum began his coaching career as FSU’s top assistant in the fall of 2002 and helped the Bobcats quickly become one of the top teams in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
After a 13-12 showing in 2003, FSU enjoyed record-breaking success in 2004, finishing 26-14 overall and 11-1 in the AMCC, and setting 28 school records, including marks for overall and conference victories.
The Bobcats claimed their first-ever regular-season AMCC title, hosted the AMCC Tournament for the first time and earned a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament, the first post-season invitation in the program’s nine-year history.
“Wes has gained excellent experience with the softball program as an assistant to Coach Starke,” said Brewer. “I feel confident he will be able to continue to take the program to a higher level.”
This past season, Landrum took over the Bobcats with a 5-8 record and guided the team to 11 victories in its next 14 games, including six straight wins to close out that stretch, which pushed FSU to 16-11 overall and 11-1 in the AMCC.
Bad weather forced the Bobcats to close out the regular season with three key AMCC road doubleheaders in a four-day span, and FSU dropped all six contests, including four by just a single run, to fall to 16-17 overall and 11-7 in the league.
FSU earned the No. 4 seed in the AMCC Tournament and downed No. 5 Hilbert 14-0 in a single-elimination play-in game before dropping 4-2 contests to No. 1 La Roche and No. 6 Penn State Behrend in the double-elimination championship round.
Seven Bobcat players earned All-AMCC honors, including three who were named to the first team.
In all, Landrum has coached 17 All-AMCC selections, including the 2003 Newcomer of the Year and the 2004 Co-Player of the Year.
FSU has also enjoyed great success in the classroom during Landrum’s tenure as an assistant, ranking among the top National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III academic squads in 2004. The Bobcats have also had four NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete selections over the past three years.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303