YOUNGSTOWN, OH- For the last 19 years, Coach Mike Kernan has dubbed Ursuline Softball “Softball U” and now the right opportunity has come along for the longtime captain of the Lady Irish Ship to advance his career to the next level.
For the first time in nearly two decades, Mike Kernan will not be in the third base coach box for Ursuline, but rather will pack his bags and head down to Ave Maria University in Florida to accept their head coaching position.
A shock for many in the local ranks, Kernan has invested time, and many resources to bring championships back to Ursuline, and the teams he had during his tenure. He sent many young ladies on to top programs around the country to not only continue their careers but gain an education along the way to become outstanding outside the lines as well.
To be frank, Kernan was a game-changer for local softball.
It took the right situation to pull Coach K away from the program he’s helped build, but with every door closing, a new one opens. It was imperative to Kernan to not leave behind a program with an empty cupboard, but instead, he leaves a program that can compete for a state title as early as next year.
We at YSN are honored to feature an exclusive sit down with Coach as his final appearance as the Ursuline Skipper in this week’s Ursuline Softball Coach’s Corner: A New Softball U.