As summer rolls around, the athletic year slowly draws to a close.
Despite this lack of games on campus, there are still plenty of things going on within USF Athletics.
The Bulls continued their coaching overhaul with the addition of former Illinois State coach Mark Kingston.
Kingston was hired to replace former coach Lelo Prado after Prado resigned following a losing season. The Bulls’ record of 27-31 was their worst since 2010-2011 when the team went 25-29.
But despite the Bulls’ poor record, pitcher Jimmy Herget was able to bring some success to USF. Though he fell short of making the final 24-man roster, the sophomore was invited to try out for Team USA because of his impressive season. Herget was second in the AAC with a 1.26 ERA.
After the USF softball team made an early exit from the NCAA Regionals with two losses to Florida State, former pitcher Sara Nevins had the opportunity to represent the Bulls again when she was selected for the second consecutive year to Team USA.
Calling on Nevins to start the championship game on Sunday, USF softball coach Ken Eriksen coached Team USA to win this year’s General Tire World Cup of Softball title. The two will compete together until the season culminates at the 2014 International Softball Federation Women’s World Championship.
Track and Field
Triple jumper Matthew O’Neal and high jumper Courtney Anderson leaped their way to top-10 finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June, earning All-American status for the second consecutive year.
Ranked as the 47th seed, USF tennis player Roberto Cid upset UCLA’s Clay Thompson, who at the time was the No. 1 player in the ITA rankings, in two sets. Called “Super” Cid by USF Athletic Director Mark Harlan on Twitter, his run did not stop there. Cid also earned the title of All-American one round before his quarterfinal exit from the tournament, just two wins shy of becoming a national champion.
All USF teams will encounter conference membership changes that went into effect this summer. East Carolina, Tulsa and Tulane were added to the AAC and Louisville and Rutgers departed for other conferences.