SEATTLE – Seattle University softball head coach Geoff Hirai has received a contract extension, Director of Athletics Shaney Fink has announced. The deal will keep Hirai with the Redhawks through the 2023 season.
“Geoff led the softball team to its most successful season ever,” said Fink. “We’re thrilled with his vision for the program and his tremendous impact across our department.”
"I want to thank Shaney for her belief in our program," said Hirai. "I'm looking forward to keeping the momentum going from this season. I also want to thank everyone who has supported Seattle U softball. I'm proud to be a Redhawk."
Seattle U had its best season in program history in 2019, accomplishing many firsts. It won its first-ever WAC regular-season title, first-ever WAC Tournament Championship and won its first Division I NCAA Tournament game. SU set a school record with 40 wins, including its first win over a nationally ranked opponent.
In Hirai’s four seasons at SU, the program has continually improved. The Redhawks won 20 games in 2016 and then advanced to the team’s first WAC Tournament Championship game in 2017. Last season, Hirai guided the Redhawks to a Division I-program record 33 victories.
In 2019, Seattle U won 40 games, including wins over three NCAA Tournament qualifiers. SU rolled through WAC play, going 15-3 and winning all six series, including three sweeps. It then went 3-0 at the WAC Tournament, winning on a pair of Carley Nance walk-off hits and then a Nance complete-game win in the finals. The Redhawks claimed a 1-0 eight-inning win over Fordham in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Mississippi State twice to close the season at Washington.