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DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University has elevated Cat Tarvin to interim head softball coach to replace former head coach Vashion Johnson, who resigned to pursue another professional opportunity.

"I want to thank Coach Vashion Johnson for his dedication and service to our student-athletes and the softball program," said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. "We achieved many conference and program accomplishments during his tenure as head coach, which will be a part of his legacy."nccu cat tarvinTarvin

Johnson, who was hired as NCCU's softball head coach in September 2016, led the Lady Eagles to consecutive 20-win campaigns, capturing 20 victories and a third-place finish at the MEAC Championship in 2018, and amassing a Division I era program record 23 wins with a 10-5 MEAC record in 2019. NCCU capped the 2019 regular season by upsetting nationally-ranked North Carolina (No. 24) in Chapel Hill.

"We are thrilled to appoint Coach Cat Tarvin to serve as interim head coach," McCree said. "She is ready and poised to lead our young women and the softball program."

A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Tarvin was named assistant coach in September 2017, helping with all facets of the NCCU softball program with an emphasis on pitching.

Tarvin earned a master's degree in physical education and recreation with a concentration in athletic administration from NCCU, graduating with honors in December 2019.

A search will be conducted to hire a permanent head coach by July 1, 2021.


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