Francine Stadler wears visor and stares into distanceFrancine Stadler is returning to Lancer softball as head coach.

Founding coach returns to head Lancer softball

The new head coach of Lancer softball is a familiar face with the blue and gold: Francine Stadler played a key role in creating the program and was a member of the team’s original coaching staff back in 2003.

“We are so pleased to welcome Francine back into the Lancer family,” says director of athletics Stephanie White. “Her history with the program gives her a true understanding of what it means to be a Lancer, and her wealth of experience and knowledge is going to help elevate our program to the next level.”

Stadler served as assistant coach for infield and first base until 2007. During her tenure, the squad celebrated its best finish — a silver medal at the provincial championships in 2004.

She says she’s excited to be back with the team.

“I am passionate about the sport, and I look forward to leading this team as we begin the 2023 season,” says Stadler. “I was lucky to be a part of the original Lancer coaching staff, and on the 20th anniversary of the program, I am hoping that the community will come out to our games to support the athletes as we celebrate this milestone.”

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