CMU Hires Davenport’s McCall Salmon as Softball Coach
MT. PLEASANT – Central Michigan announced the hiring of McCall Salmon as its head softball coach on Thursday.
Salmon comes to Mt. Pleasant after spending the previous six seasons as head coach of NCAA Division II Davenport University’s program in Grand Rapids. Salmon led Davenport through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and posted a 235-63 record in six seasons.
“We are thrilled to have McCall as our new softball head coach,” CMU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford said in a release. “We had tremendous interest in the position, and throughout the search, McCall’s strong leadership qualities stood out, especially through their recent transition. She has had success at the national level and has great relationships throughout the state and the region. McCall has shown she can lead a program that puts the student-athletes first and provides an excellent experience.”
Salmon led the Panthers to four consecutive Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference championships from 2014-17 and a berth in the 2017 NAIA World Series before Davenport moved to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the NCAA in 2018. She was twice named WHAC Coach of the Year and coached six All-GLIAC first team honorees and five NAIA All-Americans. Salmon also mentored three WHAC Newcomers of the Year and two WHAC Players of the Year.
“As has been a common theme with our recent head coaching hires, McCall has had success throughout her career, being a part of championship programs,” Alford said. “Hiring head coaches that have won titles as student-athletes, as assistant coaches, and as head coaches has been a recipe of success for us and McCall certainly fits that mold.”
Salmon played collegiately at Aquinas College, leading the Saints to three straight WHAC titles from 2005-08. She began her coaching career at Davenport as an assistant from 2008-13.
Salmon replaces longtime coach Margo Jonker, who announced her retirement in May after 40 seasons at CMU. Jonker concluded her career as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history. Her career record of 1,268-808-7 ranks ninth all-time.
“I am so excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to be a part of the Chippewa family,” Salmon said in a statement. “It is such an honor to follow in the footsteps of Coach Jonker and continue to build on the great things she has done for this program. Very few teams have a tradition like we have here at CMU, and we are going to be a program that embraces that. Our student-athletes will work hard to reach the high standards set by those who came before them.”