It did not take long for Jenny Condon to replace Claire Sua-Amundson.
Less than a month after Stanford announced Sua-Amundsen would be joining the Cardinal after five seasons as an assistant to Condon at Cal Poly, the Mustangs introduced a new softball associate head coach Thursday.
Former Wright State head coach and UNLV standout Linda Garza — who directed Wright State to a 31-30-1 record, a Horizon League Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament during her lone 2010 campaign with the program — will join the Mustangs for the upcoming season.
“We’re excited to add Linda to our coaching staff as she brings an incredible amount of experience as both a coach and player,” Condon said in a news release. “It’s rare to have the opportunity to bring in someone with postseason head coaching experience. I believe she’ll be a great complement to our staff and will transition seamlessly into the Cal Poly softball family. Her passion, knowledge and experience will be felt immediately.”
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Team HTC-Columbia excels in Europe
Riders for San Luis Obispo-based Team HTC-Columbia scored victories in three different races Thursday, a rare feat for a professional cycling team.
Sprinter Mark Cavendish won a hard-fought sprint finish to take the 18th stage of the Spanish Vuelta. The British rider finished the 92.5-mile ride from Valladolid to Salamanca in 3 hours, 27 minutes, 11 seconds.
The race marked Cavendish’s third win in the Vuelta, the third major race on pro cycling’s schedule. HTC-Columbia has won five stages in this year’s Vuelta.
In England, Andre Greipel of Germany captured HTC-Columbia’s third win in six days when he took first in a sprint at Great Yarmouth. Teammate Michael Albasini, of Switzerland, continued to hold the race’s overall lead.
In the Giro di Toscana in Italy, Noemi Cantele won a mountain stage from Pontedera to Volterra. Teammates Eveyln Stevens of America took third, and Germany’s Judith Arndt was fourth. With their performance, they clinched the top three places overall.
Bertoni opens with 66
Former Cal Poly star Travis Bertoni shot a first-round 66 and is three shots off the lead at the Nationwide Boise Open in Boise, Idaho on Thursday.
Bertoni shot a 5-under on the par-71 Hillcrest Country Club course. He is tied with 13 other golfers for ninth place.
Cliff Kresge, who shot a back-nine 30, is the leader at 63, one shot ahead of Barrett Jarosch. Five other golfers are two strokes behind Kresge at 65.