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Following the retirement of Coach Eric Iverson after 26 years, administrators at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) have announced that Bailey Burnett will take the helm of the NEO Softball Program. Iverson announced his retirement earlier this year and Burnett was selected by a search committee led by Athletic Director Joe Renfro. “I am extremely impressed with Coach Burnett’s professionalism, goals, and enthusiasm towards NEO softball,” said Renfro. “She will obviously have big shoes to fill, but I am confident she is up to the challenge.”

Burnett comes to NEO from Neosho Community College, where she helped bring the team to its first winning record in six years. Before Neosho, she also served on the coaching staff at Central Christian College of Kansas, where she worked with infielders. In addition to her coaching experience, Burnett has on-field experience at both the two-year and four-year college level, earning All-Region Honors as a catcher for Allen Community College. She was also an NAIA All-American Scholar while playing for Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. She earned her B.A. in Athletic Training from Tabor and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.

“Bailey is a very educated, talented, and energetic individual who we believe will continue the tradition of national success,” added Renfro. “I am excited for the future of our Lady Norse student athletes.” Lady Norse Softball is set to kick off the spring 2022 season in February following a 33-13 season and Region II Tournament Final appearance. For more information on Lady Norse Softball, contact Lisa Severe at lsevere@neo.edu.

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