Julie Wright was named head softball coach at Maryland today, athletic director Kevin Anderson announced today. Wright has led Idaho State to three straight Big Sky titles.

"We are excited to welcome Julie to our Maryland Athletics family," Anderson said. "She has done a remarkable job at Idaho State. Julie brings outstanding energy and passion to our program. Throughout her accomplished coaching career, she has been committed to successfully developing students both academically and athletically."

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Wright has spent the last five seasons as Idaho State head coaching, winning 126 games.

"Maryland Athletics has great momentum moving into the future and I cannot wait to get started," Wright said. "I also want to thank the student-athletes, coaches and fans at Idaho State for their wonderful support."

Idaho State's turnaround began in 2013 as ISU won the first-ever Big Sky regular season title while winning a program-record 29 games. The win total was eclipsed a year later when the Bengals finished 35-20.

Prior to Idaho State, Wright spent four seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at Wisconsin. While with the Badgers, she was primarily responsible for recruitment and scheduling while serving as the team's academic liaison.

Wright served as head coach at Akron for two seasons from 2004-06, leading the team to a 53-52 record and the Zips' first appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in four years.

She is an Ohio University graduate with a bachelor's degree in sociology/criminology and a minor in psychology.

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