He is Brad Downes, an assistant coach for the Gators in 2018 who takes over Carrie Markham.
Markham resigned after three seasons to return to her pitching instruction business full-time. She was 20-5 in her first season in 2016, was 8-15 in 2017 and 4-17-2 in the team’s most recent season.
Downes also is a coach for the Arizona Hotshots club team and serves as president of Hotshots Softball of Arizona, Inc. From 2009-17, he also was the softball and baseball coach at Horizon Honors High School in Ahwatukee.
According to Xavier athletic director Sr. Lynn Winsor, “Mr. Downes brings to Xavier’s softball program high school coaching experience and softball club involvement. We see Mr. Downes building on the foundation laid by Xavier’s former coaches and we anticipate an increase in interest and participation in the Xavier softball program.’’