Holly Carnes

Holly Carnes, who posted a 368-489 record in her 19-year tenure, is out as UNK softball head coach. She also played for the Lopers from 1995-99 and served as an assistant coach in 2000. Athletic director Marc Bauer announced the change Thursday.

KEARNEY — Holly Carnes is out as the University of Nebraska at Kearney softball coach after 19 seasons, athletic director Marc Bauer announced Thursday via a press release.

Carnes posted a 368-489 record in her tenure as head coach. She also played for the Lopers from 1995-99 and served as an assistant coach in 2000.

The Lopers (20-24, 12-14 MIAA) finished 10th in the MIAA standings this spring. It was their best seasons since 2012. The Lopers failed to qualify for the conference tournament since joining the MIAA in 2013.

They nearly made the tournament this year. Entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Lopers needed to sweep a doubleheader against Fort Hays State, who also missed the tournament. They lost both games to the Tigers and were eliminated from postseason play.

The Lopers had five winning seasons and qualified for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament 10 times under Carnes.

Assistant coach Steve Stutzman will be the interim head coach until the completion of a national search and hiring process, which the Lopers hope to have finished by the start of the school year in the fall.

The Lopers will return most of this year’s team, minus starting third baseman Cheyenne Hamilton and catcher Alexis Howe.

Bauer declined to comment on the decision.