A former Louisiana Ragin' Cajun assistant softball coach has been selected for his first Division I head coaching job.

Former Louisiana softball assistant coach Joe Guthrie was officially named the new head coach at UAB on Thursday.

The job became open when Jimmy Kolaitis, who became the head coach at UAB in 2019, left to take an assistant coaching job at Arizona St. last month.

Guthrie held the title of associate head coach under Kolaitis.

In his second season as an assistant at UAB last year, Guthrie was a part of Gerry Glasco's first coaching staff at Louisiana in 2018, helping guide the Cajuns to a 41-16 record, and their 19th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Guthrie, who served as a scout for the Miami Marlins from 2006-2007, worked as an assistant for Penn St. (2014-2016) and Bucknell (2017), prior to his one season at UL.

Guthrie is married to UAB assistant coach Courtnay Foster, who also served as an assistant coach for the Cajuns during the 2018 season.

We congratulate Guthrie and wish him the very best as the head coach at UAB!