Varner Resigns as Lafayette Softball Coach
EASTON, Pa. – Jexx Varner, who recently completed his fourth season as the head coach of the Lafayette softball program, has resigned his position in order to pursue other professional opportunities, Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced Thursday.
“Jexx’s departure comes as surprising news to everyone, myself included,” McCutcheon said. “We’re proud of the strides the program made under Jexx’s leadership and grateful for his hard work. We wish him well in the future.”
Varner’s tenure was marked by strong defensive play and outstanding academic achievement. His 2017 squad set a program record for fielding percentage (.970) highlighted by Brooke Wensel’s selection as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. His teams also owned the second-best (.967 in 2016) and fourth-best (.955 in 2015) single-season fielding percentage performances. In the classroom, the softball team has won the Department of Athletic Academic Excellence Award the past three semesters while having six players named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team.
“It is with a heavy heart that today I have resigned from my position as head softball coach. This has been an extremely emotional and difficult decision for me and my family,” Varner explained. “I want to personally thank my former assistants for their tireless effort and commitment to the program. I know we have left this program in a better place. I also want to thank the athletic administration for the opportunity to lead this program and their continuous support.”
Varner won 40 games over four seasons on College Hill, including 13-win seasons in 2016 and 2017. A search for Varner’s replacement will begin immediately.