Former Lady Topper Amy Tudor replaces Tyra Perry as new WKU softball coach

Elliott Pratt

Former Lady Topper Amy Tudor has been hired as the new softball coach at WKU, replacing coach Tyra Perry, who accepted the same position at Ball State earlier this month.

A 2002 WKU graduate, Tudor was a three-year captain during her time on the Hill. Tudor holds a WKU record as a catcher for throwing out 23 runners attempting to steal.

Tudor comes to WKU after spending the last four seasons at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Athletics Director Todd Stewart told the Herald on Wednesday that he hoped a search committee would hire a candidate by the end of the week.

“I am confident (Tudor) is the perfect person to accelerate our program’s growth and lead us to new heights,” Stewart said in a statement Thursday. “Eleven years after she graduated from WKU as a six-time member of the Dean’s List, it is great to have Amy back on The Hill as our head softball coach.”

Tudor said in a WKU press release that chance returning to WKU is a “very humbling and exciting opportunity.”

She is taking over a program coming off of its most successful season in school history.

Last season, the Lady Toppers finished 43-18 and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, where the Lady Toppers fell to Alabama in the Regional Championship.

Tudor served as coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for the past four seasons before accepting the job at WKU. She posted a .680 winning percentage in her time at IPFW and won the Summit League Tournament last season for the first time in school history.