Minnesota Duluth introduced Lynn Anderson as its new softball coach Thursday at Junction Avenue Field.

Anderson comes to Duluth after spending the past three seasons as the head coach of Grinnell (Iowa) College, an NCAA Division III program.

Anderson becomes only the fifth coach in the last 40 years of the UMD program.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Twin Ports community,” Anderson said in a release. “Not only is the Bulldog softball program nationally respected, the success of all the coaches and student-athletes at UMD is second to none. The leadership at the university and the athletic department is first class.”

Anderson led Grinnell to a 13-5 conference mark in 2019 as the Pioneers set a single-season conference wins record. Prior to Grinnell, she spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Oshkosh, working primarily with hitting and outfielders. The Titans compiled a 138-63 record during Anderson’s tenure and made two consecutive NCAA Division III national tournament appearances, winning a regional title in 2017.

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Anderson, a native of Neenah, Wisconsin, is a 2008 University of Wisconsin graduate. She walked on with the Badgers and went on to letter four years while playing shortstop. She was named team captain in 2008 and voted the team’s defensive player of the year. She led the Badgers in home runs (nine) and total bases (68) that season while ranking second in batting average, on-base percentage, runs, hits and RBIs.

Anderson said she “fell in love” with Duluth the moment she arrived.

“I could feel the strong support the student-athletes have here,” Anderson said. “There’s a great sense of UMD pride here and I’m grateful for this opportunity to be a part of it. I am looking forward to jumping right in with this current roster, building relationships and getting this program back to the NCAA tournament and competing for NSIC championships.”