MTSU names Riverdale's Jeff Breeden next softball coach

MTSU names Riverdale's Jeff Breeden next softball coach

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MTSU names Riverdale's Jeff Breeden next softball coach

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MURFREESBORO — Riverdale softball coach Jeff Breeden has resigned and accepted the same postion at MTSU.

Breeden, who guided Riverdale to the 2009 Class AAA state championship, leaves after 22 seasons as a high school head coach. The past nine were at Riverdale. He was at Coffee County for 13 years prior to coming to Murfreesboro. He leaves with a 764-190 career record. He was 423-72 in his tenure at Riverdale.

“Jeff has proven at Coffee County and Riverdale he can coach winning softball,” MTSU athletics director Chris Massaro said. “He will bring toughness and direction to our softball program, and I am eager to see the results under his leadership. I have watched his teams the past few years from afar and I have been impressed with his success.”

Riverdale finished 45-13 in 2012 and won the District 7-AAA regular season and tournament championship before falling to Soddy-Daisy in a Class AAA sectional at Soddy-Daisy.

Breeden, an East Tennessee State graduate, is a 1984 Sweetwater graduate. He has sent more than 50 high school players on to college to play softball.

MTSU went 16-33 under former coach Sue Nevar in 2012. MTSU has not been to an NCAA regional since 2000 under former coach Karen Green, who is now the head coach at Siegel High. MTSU has never advanced to an NCAA regional as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Breeden also has been the defensive line coach for the Riverdale football team. He was the defensive tackles coach on the 2004 Class 5A championship team and has coached Mr. Football LaDarius Verge and Mr. Football finalists Eugene Goree and Chris Mayes.

Read more in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News Journal and on dnj.com.

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