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College softball: Dragons hire Armitage as head coach

Minnesota State Moorhead's head coach arrives after three years as an assistant at Illinois State.

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New Minnesota State-Moorhead softball coach Mike Armitage is shown in a 2019 file photo as an assistant coach at Illinois State. Shelby Hild / Illinois State Athletics

Mike Armitage is the Minnesota State Moorhead softball program's new head coach.

MSUM announced the hire on Friday, Sept. 2. Armitage arrives in Moorhead after three years as an assistant at Illinois State. He helped lead the Redbirds to the 2021 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

Armitage earned a physical education degree at Wisconsin-Platteville in 2008 and a master's degree in kinesiology and recreation at Illinois State in 2018.

He worked in the Lexington (Ill.) Schools Unit 7 from 2013 to 2019 as a physical education and health teacher, and he head coached softball and baseball teams that won conference, region and section championships. Armitage left high school coaching to join the Illinois State program as a volunteer assistant for the 2018-19 season and was promoted to full-time assistant later that year.

An accomplished fastpitch player, Armitage played on North American Fastpitch Association teams and was a first-team All-American. He also was an assistant for the USA U19 National Men's Team from 2017 to 2019.

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Armitage and his wife, Katie — a Redbirds pitcher in 2001-02 — have two children.

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