Osterman returns to McCombs Field, but not as a Longhorn

Sara Beth Purdy

This weekend, two Texas alumni return to Red and Charline McCombs Field. However, neither will be wearing burnt orange and white and neither will be rooting for the Longhorns. Olympic gold medalist and former star pitcher Cat Osterman and former NCAA all-American Lindsay Gardner will be watching the Longhorns from the visitor dugout as recently named coaches for the St. Edwards University softball team.

Prior to the start of the fall exhibition season, the Hilltoppers named Gardner as their head coach and Osterman as their assistant coach. Gardner was the assistant coach at St. Edwards from 2007-2008 before she left for a job as a private instructor. Osterman returns to Austin after serving as the assistant coach at DePaul University from 2008-2010.

Coincidentally, this Friday the Longhorns are hosting Alumni Weekend on the 40 Acres, a fitting setting for Gardner and Osterman’s visit.

The Longhorns are coming off of two commanding performances against Temple College and St. Mary’s College, winning by a combined score of 35-1. St. Edwards recently competed in the Spring Klein College Classic, finishing in a tie for first with Baylor.

Senior Courtney Craig and junior Taylor Hoagland are having a productive fall season and will lead the potent Texas offense this weekend. Junior all-American Blaire Luna will take command of the circle along with sophomore Rachel Fox, junior Kim Bruins and freshman Gabby Smith.

Printed on Friday, October 14, 2011 as: Former alumni coach St. Edwards