HERKIMER, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Louie Friend has been named the next Head Coach of the Herkimer Generals softball program, replacing former Head Coach PJ Anadio, who departed the school for an open position at The College of Saint Rose following 16 years with HCCC.

Friend comes to the school after a two-year stint as an Assistant Coach at Cazenovia College, where he helped lead the Wildcats to their first consecutive winning seasons since 2017-2018, along with coaching various travel softball teams in the Mohawk Valley, including the CNY Heat, Conklin Raiders, and Utica Lady Comets up until 2022.

There will be big shoes to fill for Friend, he replaces PJ Anadio, who in 16 years with the Generals led the team to a national championship in 2013 and runner-up finishes in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019, along with a national Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2013, and in his tenure 19 All-Americans.