The 2021 season will be the fourth for Gregg Sauve at the helm of the Northwood University softball program.
Sauve guided Northwood to one of its best seasons in school history in 2019. NU won its most games (31) in 13 years and reached the GLIAC Tournament Championship for the second time in program history.
In 2018, the Timberwolves returned to the GLIAC Tournament for the first time since the 2014 season. NU reached the postseason despite season-ending injuries to their top two pitchers. Northwood also picked up a win in the GLIAC Tournament, defeating Ashland 9-7.
In his first year as head coach, Northwood posted a 19-25 overall record while going 10-12 in the GLIAC. The Timberwolves missed out on the GLIAC Tournament narrowly due to a tiebreaker. NU finished the year with a .455 winning percentage in conference play one year after Northwood had a .269 clip (7-19).
He was named the eighth head coach in the 33-year history of the program in the summer of 2016.
“Gregg is highly respected as a coach and as a person in our community, on campus, and within our program,” said Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director. “He has a wealth of softball experience and success at many levels and has a broad understanding of the game. We are excited to have Gregg leading our softball program.”
Sauve brings over 40 years of experience in fastpitch softball to the program in both the men’s and women’s game. Over the past three seasons, he has been an assistant coach at Northwood, working with all aspects of the program. During his time coaching, he has been a part of four state championships and over 40 World and National Tournament appearances. Sauve was a part of the 2013 Midland Emerson Aces staff that took home the ISC II World Championship. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Midland High School.
“I feel very blessed to be able to move forward with the program,” said Sauve. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the student-athletes over the last few years and am excited to continue that process. We’ve also got a great group of new players coming in the future. I look forward to continuing the tradition of Northwood softball.”
Gregg and his wife Terri resides in Midland. They have two sons: Brett and Nicholas.