SAN ANTONIO (July 29, 2019) – The Our Lady of the Lake University Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Bruce Lenington as the university's new Softball Head Coach. Lenington comes to OLLU after an assistant coach stint at Michigan State University.
Athletic Director Shane Hurley commented, "I am really excited about the diverse background that Bruce has in education, coaching and administration. His background as an educator and high school coach for 17 years means that he's well-equipped with the experience to groom student-athletes with diverse backgrounds and needs; furthermore, his club and NCAA DI experience will lend connections across the country that he will capitalize on for the development of our softball program. We are really excited for our program and the women who represent OLLU and look forward to welcoming Bruce and his family to San Antonio and to our OLLU community."
Lenington boasts a long career at the high school, national travel ball, NAIA and NCAA D1 levels.
He joined NCAA D1 Michigan State softball head coach Jacquie Joseph in August 2018 as assistant coach and worked primarily with hitting and overall defense after spending one season at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
In 2016, Lenington, a native of the Detroit metro area, was hired as an assistant to help lead NAIA Lawrence Tech University (LTU) in its inaugural season. The Blue Devils became the first LTU program to reach the postseason conference tournament in their first year of existence finishing with a record of 22-28.
Lenington also served as the head coach at Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 1 Novi High School and led one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent memory. Prior to his hiring in 2013, Novi's last winning season was in 2001. After his hiring, the Wildcats enjoyed four consecutive winning seasons, including conference and district championships in 2014 and 2015 respectively. He also owned and operated the Michigan Lookouts, a travel softball training and recruitment service, from 2011-2017, where he assisted more than 60 student-athletes realize their dreams of playing college softball. In 2013, his 18U team finished in the top 10 at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) "A" National Tournament in Salem, Va. - one of the best finishes for any Michigan team prior to that time.
Lenington has held camps and clinics throughout the country for players at all levels including youth and college athletes. He began his coaching career at the high school level in Filer, Idaho, in 1992, where his teams made several final four finishes and won the 1995 State Championship.
"I would like to thank Mr. Hurley, Dr. Alvarez (Lourdes María Alvarez, PhD, OLLU Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs), members of the search committee and various coaches and athletic department members who took part in the interview process," Lenington commented. "I really felt a sense of community on campus and that was exactly what my family and I were seeking in the right position. As we considered other opportunities this summer, OLLU separated itself as the obvious choice, and our family is excited about the opportunity to contribute to this great university and make San Antonio our home."
The Saints began competing in the NAIA in 2009 and they marked a record of 269-185-1 overall and 158-82 in the Red River Athletic Conference. They have made it to the postseason every year except one. In 2014, the team won the conference championships and qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament. The Saints have also excelled in the classroom earning NAIA Scholar Team recognition from 2014-2018.
Lenington and his wife, Paula, have three children: daughters Jordan and Ashley, both former college softball players, and son Conner.