Illinois State's softball team welcomes a new assistant full-time coach. After one season as a volunteer assistant, Mike Armitage has been promoted to full-time assistant coach by Redbirds head coach Melinda Fischer.

"I would like to thank Melinda Fischer for my promotion to a full-time coaching position with the Redbird softball program," Armitage shared. "I feel honored to be able to invest in my education and passion for softball at an institution like Illinois State, which has enjoyed so much success over the years. I enjoyed my first season with ISU, and look forward to continuing working with our high-level coaches and student-athletes."

Armitage brings over 20 years of softball experience to the table. Before coming to ISU, he coached the girl's softball team at Lexington Unit School District #7. He also adds experience as an assistant softball coach for the U.S. Junior Men's 19U National Team along with serving on the International Softball Congress along with the NAFA and ASA for 20 years.

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSermersheim

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