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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Houthoofd will not return to USA next season

SEBEWAING — For five straight years, Lary Houthoofd and the Unionville-Sebewaing Area softball team have ended the season in Battle Creek.
If the Patriots make their sixth trip, it will not only finish their season, it will bring to a close Houthoofd’s tenure as coach.
Following last Thursday’s practice, Houthoofd was informed that his contract would not be renewed, and the program would be heading in a different direction.
USA is 23-4 overall this season and 215-25 during Houthoofd’s six years. In that span, the Patriots have won three state championships.
USA athletic director Mark Gainforth declined to comment on the move, as did Houthoofd. A message was left with superintendent Kip Walker seeking comment. 
The No. 1-rated Patriots will attempt to send their coach out with his fourth title as they begin postseason play at noon on Friday against Port Hope in the Division 4 districts.