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Questionable most recent comment on the FB post. It's okay for a coach to be a hard ass, but there's a point where you've gotta have the players backs on personal issues and she definitely crossed that with Emma, and who knows else.

Had a coach while umping low level fall ball yelling at the kids to pull their heads out of their asses and no constructive anything, can't intervene with that but had to get the site director to watch for a while, no place for anyone like that
 

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Jamie cashed in to the tune of a quarter million a year at Ole Miss. I hope she can learn something from her time here and treat her players better there. Those young softball players at Ole Miss deserve to have a coach who treats her players with dignity and respect. I hope Coyle hires a coach who truly cares about the players. I know it is D1 and wins and losses matter but no player deserves to be lied to, verbally and emotionally abused, and manipulated. I love the U and regardless of wins and losses this move can be positive. Coyle needs to hire the right person. Jamie Trachsel is not someone we want representing our university.

Edit: I applaud Emma Burns for publicly stating what many players suffered through. It is not isolated to Emma Burns or any player who couldn't hack it. Those players are tough and can hack it. They don't deserve to be abused by their coach. Folks have asked me to name specifics. It is not my place to put a player's name out there to give some random fan on a message board a specific example of Jamie's toxic leadership.
No need to violate any confidences, but how could her "style" of people management have made it through the original vetting process? It would seem that someone in the know would have tipped off Coyle that she treated people poorly.

Tangentially, the most bothersome part of Emma's post is the apparent deliberate strategy of Jamie portraying herself as one thing in public and quite differently in private. I know it happens, but there is not much lower in human interaction and leadership.

I'll give Coyle points for acting relatively quickly especially in the context of a successful program. I dock him for missing a huge red flag when he made the original hire.
 

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Good for her. A great player and a great family.
Wow! It took me days to get a new user name so I could respond to this. Decided there was no need to be anonymous. We really appreciate that! We probably know each other, but thank you for the kind words. We really hoped to be Gophers for four years, but I guess sometimes unfortunate circumstances happen. I am happy that Emma is willing to give softball another go. Best of luck Gophers Softball! Come back Coach Merchant! (wishful thinking, I know)
 

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Wow! It took me days to get a new user name so I could respond to this. Decided there was no need to be anonymous. We really appreciate that! We probably know each other, but thank you for the kind words. We really hoped to be Gophers for four years, but I guess sometimes unfortunate circumstances happen. I am happy that Emma is willing to give softball another go. Best of luck Gophers Softball! Come back Coach Merchant! (wishful thinking, I know)
Please send Emma our best and wish her good luck in the future! Bummed she's no longer a Gopher, but completely understand.

We'll all be rooting for her!
 

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Wow! It took me days to get a new user name so I could respond to this. Decided there was no need to be anonymous. We really appreciate that! We probably know each other, but thank you for the kind words. We really hoped to be Gophers for four years, but I guess sometimes unfortunate circumstances happen. I am happy that Emma is willing to give softball another go. Best of luck Gophers Softball! Come back Coach Merchant! (wishful thinking, I know)
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that Emma's discomfort and anxiety have improved enough for her to return to do something she loves!
 

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Please send Emma our best and wish her good luck in the future! Bummed she's no longer a Gopher, but completely understand.

We'll all be rooting for her!
Will do. Thank you!
 
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I've said Jamie was an @ss with a mean-streak since her first season here and got crucified for it by a few people. Glad the players have the courage to step out and go public with it now; they deserved better. Coaches like her have no place in the industry and around young people IMO.
 

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Speaking for myself, even if I suspected there might be fire behind the smoke regarding the problems with Trachsel's leadership that we were hearing about, it wasn't that easy to just buy it all at face value without some specifics to back it up. I'm not saying it was incumbent on the posters to reveal sources or give the specific anecdotes and events, just that it made it tough to not be skeptical.

She was a new coach and I wanted her to be good and do well so I was inclined to give her some benefit of the doubt.
 

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Speaking for myself, even if I suspected there might be fire behind the smoke regarding the problems with Trachsel's leadership that we were hearing about, it wasn't that easy to just buy it all at face value without some specifics to back it up. I'm not saying it was incumbent on the posters to reveal sources or give the specific anecdotes and events, just that it made it tough to not be skeptical.

She was a new coach and I wanted her to be good and do well so I was inclined to give her some benefit of the doubt.
Well said, and exactly my thoughts on the situation. I certainly understand those who had a closer relationship within the program knowing and being able to have strong opinions. For those of us simply fans outside the program, we only have limited info to go on. Abuses have gone both ways in the past, against players and against coaches.

Speaking as a coach of fastpitch softball, there is no excuse or reason to treat players in a way that creates undue anxiety and stress to the point they need to leave the game to protect themselves. Truly sad.

I trust Coyle will not make the same mistake twice. The whole situation is a serious bummer for a huge Gopher softball fan. Now get a great hire to lead these fine young ladies forward in a way we can all be proud of.
 

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Speaking for myself, even if I suspected there might be fire behind the smoke regarding the problems with Trachsel's leadership that we were hearing about, it wasn't that easy to just buy it all at face value without some specifics to back it up. I'm not saying it was incumbent on the posters to reveal sources or give the specific anecdotes and events, just that it made it tough to not be skeptical.

She was a new coach and I wanted her to be good and do well so I was inclined to give her some benefit of the doubt.
Just one of the difficulties of posting on message boards.

Anybody can come on, make a statement regarding players, coaches, etc and so on without much evidence from which to form an opinion.

When such comments come in the early going of a new coach's tenure, it's really difficult to differentiate between a real problem and simply a new approach. Sometimes, it can be a simple case of miscommunication which can be ironed out as those involved get to know and understand each other better.

When such stories continue for extended periods, it's becomes more and more suspicious.

And that's apparently where we were with Trachsel.

Obviously, there were big problems with Jamie behind the scenes and some posters (to their credit) did sound the alarm bell early.

Like others, I tend to give a coach the benefit of the doubt early on due to implementing a new philosophy and approach.

With that said, it has become obvious a fresh start was needed by everybody.
 

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All this being said, I'm pretty sure the main reason Trachsel is now the Ole Miss coach is because she got a $100,000+ raise for four years....during a potential depression for college sports.

Given Jamie’s hard-nosed approach, good luck with Ole Miss. Apparently a small but vocal number of disgruntled parents and players had a big part in driving the last coach out the door; the most successful coach in program history. She'll need to toe the line.
 

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“Apparently a small but vocal number of disgruntled parents and players had a big part in driving the last coach out the door; the most successful coach in program history. She'll need to toe the line.”
I will always remember this tweet on the topic of intense parental involvement in their softball playing children:

 

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I am not on this Forum as much as some of you. However, when Emma became our starting catcher I do know I was one of those singing her praises at her game at the plate. Loved it from the beginning to the end. Do not recall exactly who we were playing but that throw to second from her knees catching the runner trying to steal second was a thing of beauty. I will remember that forever.

Really glad to hear she has decided to go back to the sport she loves to play.
 

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Wow! It took me days to get a new user name so I could respond to this. Decided there was no need to be anonymous. We really appreciate that! We probably know each other, but thank you for the kind words. We really hoped to be Gophers for four years, but I guess sometimes unfortunate circumstances happen. I am happy that Emma is willing to give softball another go. Best of luck Gophers Softball! Come back Coach Merchant! (wishful thinking, I know)
I was bummed when she left as I am a Stevens HS Raider as well. Good luck to her.
 

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Just one of the difficulties of posting on message boards.

Anybody can come on, make a statement regarding players, coaches, etc and so on without much evidence from which to form an opinion.

When such comments come in the early going of a new coach's tenure, it's really difficult to differentiate between a real problem and simply a new approach. Sometimes, it can be a simple case of miscommunication which can be ironed out as those involved get to know and understand each other better.

When such stories continue for extended periods, it's becomes more and more suspicious.

And that's apparently where we were with Trachsel.

Obviously, there were big problems with Jamie behind the scenes and some posters (to their credit) did sound the alarm bell early.

Like others, I tend to give a coach the benefit of the doubt early on due to implementing a new philosophy and approach.

With that said, it has become obvious a fresh start was needed by everybody.
The posters are told not to talk bad about the program because they “are the program” so they fear retribution. It’s the worst form of manipulation and control .... fear! And to these young ladies who have been taught to sacrifice and put TEAM before self, well the environment is perfect for a predator who thrives on abusing and wielding power! And you wonder WHY posters don’t come forward! Proud of Emma for being brave and speaking her truth! Hope others will do the same.

NCAA really needs to improve player protections during the recruiting process. Last I checked, college sports are still considered amateur sports. These young ladies (and their families) are making significant financial investments to compete in D1 athletics. It’s not unreasonable to have mandatory transparency in annual scholarship allotments, roster depth charts and require program philosophy to help players make informed decisions prior to commitments. This would significantly reduce transfers using the new portal and make for a more enjoyable collegiate experience.
 

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A lot of money for a toxic personality. But the SEC schools have more revenue from the sport and a boatload from football. They have more they can pay. Jamie did a nice job of parlaying one WCWS appearance with a previous coach's players into a nice long term deal somewhere else, especially with the baggage she must travel with.

Odd thing I don't get is that if she is a bad people person, plenty of us are, why would she not surround herself and give responsibility to staff who are? Leadership 101 is surround yourself with people who can do the things you can't.
So the 245K supports Coyles version of her turning down the multi-year offers twice ... because she ALWAYS knew she was going to leave to get the money she wanted! Which also supports why she didn’t care how toxic her personality was or how horrible her recruiting or team management was. She knew she would only be at the U a few years until she could parlay a better gig. SMH -

One thing Jamie is good at ... playing everyone! since Jamie isn’t a good leader she wouldn’t know to surround herself with good people. Jamie likes control!!!! If have ever played for her or had a kid who played for her you would know EXACTLY how true that statement is!
 

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As an observer to my beloved program, from 900 miles to the south of Dinkytown, I guess what I don’t understand reading all these comments is if objectively Trachsel is the tyrant to the extent described, why the hell did Kate Reitcovich Browser leave with her?

Katie is from a coaching family. She is considered by some in the relatively small softball community to be a rising star I think. Why would she attach herself to an emotionally unstable sinking ship. Somebody probably knows. Educate me. Is she just like Trachsel in temperment too?
 

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As an observer to my beloved program, from 900 miles to the south of Dinkytown, I guess what I don’t understand reading all these comments is if objectively Trachsel is the tyrant to the extent described, why the hell did Kate Reitcovich Browser leave with her?

Katie is from a coaching family. She is considered by some in the relatively small softball community to be a rising star I think. Why would she attach herself to an emotionally unstable sinking ship. Somebody probably knows. Educate me. Is she just like Trachsel in temperment too?
Fair question. Her resume is filled with short stops which is understandable at this stage of her career. She clearly sees an SEC job as an upgrade from a B1G job. She may have clicked with Jamie, but she also may be doing this as a career only move, which I could understand.
 

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I will always remember this tweet on the topic of intense parental involvement in their softball playing children:

This might be one of the best Tweets I have ever read! Good for you MaKenna. Encouraging a bit of grown up activity in future recruits says a lot about her, too. Sadly, parents lugging the bags for their kids says, perhaps, more about the parents than the kid.
 

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As an observer to my beloved program, from 900 miles to the south of Dinkytown, I guess what I don’t understand reading all these comments is if objectively Trachsel is the tyrant to the extent described, why the hell did Kate Reitcovich Browser leave with her?

Katie is from a coaching family. She is considered by some in the relatively small softball community to be a rising star I think. Why would she attach herself to an emotionally unstable sinking ship. Somebody probably knows. Educate me. Is she just like Trachsel in temperment too?
From her gophersports bio-

Katie Rietkovich was named to the Gopher softball staff on July 3, 2018 following a three year stint as a volunteer coach and camp coordinator at Ole Miss. She just finished her second season after helping lead the Gophers to new heights in 2019.
 

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I wonder if that's how Ole Miss contacted her, then.

Three years as a volunteer coach? That must not pay very well ...
 

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Volunteers in the SEC get more than you think! The NCAA only gets a certain amount of paid assistant coaches, it’s always a debate topic. But I know a volunteer that makes roughly 65k paid out of clinics. Yes you have to pay for your own insurance etc, but for a young healthy person trying to build a career, it’s not a bad gig.
 

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When Mike White left Oregon for Texas, the Oregon players were furious with the Oregon athletic department for not offering White a competitive contract, and obviously many of those players ultimately transferred. I was worried that the same would happen here. But has there been ANY love shown to Jamie by current or former players? I admit I'm not up to speed on twitter or instagram, but I suspect many of you are and to date nobody has posted anything from the players in support of the coach or against the athletic department for not retaining her. If true, the silence speaks volumes.
 

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Saw Josey White is in the portal as of now. Anyone know for sure if Reitkovich is going or any new details so far? How about Reina as she has been with Trachsel awhile?

Hope a great coach is hired soon and the girls can rally and have an amazing year!
 

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When Mike White left Oregon for Texas, the Oregon players were furious with the Oregon athletic department for not offering White a competitive contract, and obviously many of those players ultimately transferred. I was worried that the same would happen here. But has there been ANY love shown to Jamie by current or former players? I admit I'm not up to speed on twitter or instagram, but I suspect many of you are and to date nobody has posted anything from the players in support of the coach or against the athletic department for not retaining her. If true, the silence speaks volumes.
The 6 months to a year after Mike White left Oregon was a straight up 4 alarm fire of disaster for that storied softball program. Maybe their 4 best players transferred and the team was, by Oregon (Phil Knight) University standards, horrible the year after he left.

The year after Jess Allister left, from an fanatical observer at a distance perspective, Minnesota was the epitome of continuity. I am hoping this situation more resembles Minnesota’s past experience with this and less the Oregon/White model. That is worst case scenario stuff.

This next month through year will be so important for Minnesota softball as there is nothing written in stone that Minnesota must be a top of the BiG Ten type team. For a vast majority of the last 30 plus years they have been middle of the BigTen. It is the last 7 years or so that have been the aberration.
 

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When Mike White left Oregon for Texas, the Oregon players were furious with the Oregon athletic department for not offering White a competitive contract, and obviously many of those players ultimately transferred. I was worried that the same would happen here. But has there been ANY love shown to Jamie by current or former players? I admit I'm not up to speed on twitter or instagram, but I suspect many of you are and to date nobody has posted anything from the players in support of the coach or against the athletic department for not retaining her. If true, the silence speaks volumes.
My impression is that the true workings of women's sports at the U are cloaked in silence to the public, by design or accident is hard to know. Re 2020 softball: 1) Hope Brandner, arguably their best all-around player, disappears from the team w/ only vague announcements about medical clearance denied & she's barely mentioned in print again, as though disappearing from the face of the earth (at least IMO). 2) Then the HC leaves. Did she quit? Was she maneuvered out? Was she told to leave? Was she good? Was she a detriment? As far as I can tell, no comment from the U Admin. A vague announcement from the AD. A few words from the departing HC (apparently none at all to her players). No incisive, investigative articles from the local media (to my knowledge). That leaves posters, like us on this site, who take one stance or another, often feeling strongly & sometimes claiming to know much, but giving no incontrovertible, conclusive, documented details to support the arguments. Despite reading everything I can find, I know no more now for certain than I did before. There is behind the words a silence that speaks nothing to me, not volumes, in all respect to MNsoftballfan.
 

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Saw Josey White is in the portal as of now. Anyone know for sure if Reitkovich is going or any new details so far? How about Reina as she has been with Trachsel awhile?

Hope a great coach is hired soon and the girls can rally and have an amazing year!
 

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Thanks.

Where are the Twitter sleuths reporting on Gopher softball? :unsure:
 
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