Mizzou softball hitting coach leaves to join Tennessee

After a phenomenal season that saw the Tiger softball team make a Super Regional, Mizzou hitting coach Chris Malveaux is moving to Tennessee, and will retain the same role, according to Justin’s World of Softball.

PowerMizzou.com and KOMU 8 Sports’ Ben Arnet later confirmed the report.

Malveaux will join a Lady Volunteers squad that 42-15 last season, but just 12-11 in SEC play. Tennessee hosted a Regional this past season, but lost to Liberty and WCWS participant James Madison.

Malveaux, a Texas A&M alum, joined the Missouri softball team in June of 2018, shortly after Head Coach Larissa Anderson was hired. He had previously been working at the University of Kansas.

Before his time at Kansas, Malveaux held stints at the University of Louisiana, Bradley, and was head coach at McNeese State where he won a Southland Conference Championship in 2005.

Malveaux’s wife Kate serves as a Director of Operations at Mizzou. The school has not announced if she will be leaving the program as well.

Missouri, who rode great hitting from Jenna Laird, Brooke Wilmes and Kimberly Wert all the way to a Super Regional, will no doubt be looking to fill the hole left by Malveaux soon.