Iowa State names new softball head coach

Jamie Pinkerton arrives at Iowa State as an assistant after five years as a head coach at Arkansas. Pinkerton brings with him the experience of leading the Razorbacks to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Photo courtesy: ISU Athletic Department.

Jamie Pinkerton arrives at Iowa State as an assistant after five years as a head coach at Arkansas. Pinkerton brings with him the experience of leading the Razorbacks to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Photo courtesy: ISU Athletic Department.

Aaron Marner

Iowa State found its new head softball coach Wednesday morning.

Jamie Pinkerton, who was last the head coach at Montana, will be taking over head coaching duties. Pinkerton was an assistant coach at Iowa State from 2010-2013.

“I am delighted to return to Iowa State and lead the Cyclone program,” Pinkerton said in a press release. “Our family loved Ames, so the return is an easy one. However, running my own program at Montana rekindled my desire to do so again. Getting that chance at a Power 5 Conference school, and one that I’m familiar with, is just perfect. I’m very appreciative of the confidence that Calli [Sanders] and Jamie [Pollard] have shown in my vision and abilities.”

Pinkerton was named Big Sky coach of the year twice in his three year stint with Montana. He has also been a head coach at Arkansas and Tulsa.