Belton, Texas - After serving as head coach of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team for the past 10 seasons, Larry Hennig is retiring effective May 29. The university will promote Assistant Coach Melissa Mojica to take over as the program's head coach.
Hennig guided UMHB to a 249-149 overall record (167-67 in conference play) during his tenure. UMHB advanced to the ASC Conference Tournament in all 10 of his seasons and finished each of the last 2 years nationally ranked by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The Cru finished 10th in the NFCA Top 25 Poll following the shortened 2020 season. This marked the highest final ranking in the Division III era of program. Hennig was also the Head Coach at Temple College for 12 years posting an overall record of 519-203. He finishes his collegiate coaching record with an overall record of 768-352 over 22 seasons.
"My time at UMHB has been amazing. The support from the administration has been wonderful," Hennig said. "Most of all, I will miss the players and I have the utmost respect for what they have done for me and my family. They have proven themselves to be winners on and off the field and given me memories for the rest of my life.”
Hennig is looking forward to retirement and getting to watch the future of Crusader softball unfold.
“It is someone else's turn to be the head coach. I'm excited about the decision to promote Melissa Mojica to that position and provide the continuity that the returning players and incoming recruits deserve,” Hennig said. “The success of the program is in good hands and I'm happy for her to be given the opportunity."
Mojica has been the assistant coach for the past five seasons. During her time with the program, UMHB has posted an overall record of 115-70. She is a graduate of Baylor University and was a two-year letter winner and played in two NCAA Tournaments with the Bears softball program. Mojica also played two seasons for Hennig at Temple College. She is married to David and has three daughters.