The Clemson Tigers, whose softball program is scheduled to start competing in February of 2020, have named longtime USA National Team Coach John Rittman as its first softball coach in school history.
Rittman comes to Clemson from Kansas, where he spent the past two years as an associate head coach with the Jayhawks. His longest-tenured position came while at Stanford, where he spent 16 seasons coaching the Cardinal.
While in Palo Alto, Rittman had a winning season every year he was there, and 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford made two trips to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma under his watch, and had an All-American on his squad during 15 different seasons.
His involvement in USA Softball includes winning the gold medal in the Pan-American Games and the Women’s Softball World Championships. He also coached in the team that won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2004, and the silver medal in 2008.
Click below to listen to his first press conference with Clemson: