By Alaena Fletcher In a press release on Thursday, May 3, Amy Suiter announced she is stepping down as head coach of Western’s softball team. Citing a desire to spend more time with her family and utilize her sports psychology degree, Suiter will stay on staff to consult during the summer, according to the press release. “I am happy that Amy has agreed to stay onboard during the transition period as we begin a national search to fill this position,” Steve Card, Western’s director of athletics, said in the press release. Suiter will aid in the search and transition of a new coach and will assist with summer camps, according to the press release. “[She] will be instrumental as we look forward to the next era for [Western] softball,” Card said. Suiter is leaving the Vikings after posting a 211-179 record over eight seasons. She was the Great Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and led the team to two GNAC championships, in 2011 and 2017. The Vikings finished the 2018 season with a 15-32 record overall, after winning the GNAC in 2017 with a 34-19 record. The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.