Wichita State Shockers

Perniciaro out at Wichita State softball after six seasons

A third straight losing season cost Wichita State softball coach Mike Perniciaro his job on Monday.

Perniciaro said he resigned after six seasons at WSU. He compiled a record of 168-179, a victory total that ranks second among WSU coaches.

"It is what it is," he said. "We just didn't win enough games."

The 2011 Shockers went 20-37, 12-14 in the Missouri Valley Conference to finish seventh. Creighton eliminated them in the first game of the post-season tournament.

"No hard feelings," Perniciaro said. "I enjoyed my time here at Wichita State. I appreciate the opportunity. I wish it would have ended differently."

Perniciaro took over for coach Tim Walton in 2006 with the program on the upswing. Walton coached WSU to three winning records in three seasons and the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

Perniciaro's first team went 35-23 and finished second in the MVC Tournament. That season was highlighted by a 9-1 stretch that included wins over nationally ranked Baylor and BYU, as well as Iowa State and Houston. After losing in the first game of the MVC Tournament, WSU won three straight to advance to the title game. Missouri State ended their season with a 4-0 victory.

The Shockers went 37-28 in 2007 and 33-28 in 2008. Their highest regular-season finish in the MVC was fourth in 2006 and 2007.

WSU slipped to 21-32 in 2009 and finished in a tie for eighth in the MVC and failed to make the conference tournament. In 2010, WSU went 22-31 and finished seventh in the MVC.

Perniciaro said he intends to remain in college coaching. He came to WSU after one season as coach at Northwestern (La.) State. He spent six seasons as assistant coach at Auburn.