After making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, the Boise State softball program has hired a coach with plenty of experience at the national tournament.
The Broncos announced Maggie Livreri as the third coach in program history Thursday. She replaces Cindy Ball, who left the program June 27 to take over Central Florida.
Livreri has spent the past seven years as an assistant at Utah, including the past two as the Utes’ associate head coach. She helped lead Utah to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances between 2015 and 2017.
This will be her first head coaching job.
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“Maggie is someone who can continue to build on the recent successes of our softball program,” Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey said in a news release. “She comes highly recommended by some of the most respected coaches in the game, has a proven track record with player development and a high level of character, which makes her a great fit at Boise State.
“I am excited to be able to call her a Bronco and confident that she can take this program to the next level.”
Livreri inherits a Boise State program on the rise. The Broncos went 40-16 this spring to win the first Mountain West Conference title in program history. They return the conference player of the year (shortstop Rebekah Cervantes), pitcher of the year (Kelsey Broadus) and freshman of the year (Alison Seng) for 2019.
“I can’t picture a better scenario for my first head coaching opportunity,” Livreri said in a news release. “Boise State is a national brand that young women want to be part of — a place that can consistently compete for conference championships and has the resources to consistently be in the NCAA Tournament conversation.
“... There has been a great foundation laid here by the previous two head coaches, and I look forward to building upon it. I cannot wait to get to work.”
Livreri began her career with a five-year stint at her alma mater, UNLV, including two seasons as a volunteer assistant. As a full-time coach, the Las Vegas native helped UNLV reach the NCAA Tournament in 2009.
“She is a great coach and an even more incredible person,” Utah coach Amy Hogue said. “She was right by my side as we transitioned into the Pac-12 in 2010, and she played a huge role in our elevation to a top-25 program at Utah.”