Longtime Oklahoma assistant coach Melyssa Lombardi has been hired as Oregon’s new softball coach according to a report by The Oklahoman newspaper.

Lombardi will replace Mike White, who was hired by Texas last month after nine seasons with the Ducks in which he compiled a 435-111-1 record with five Women’s College World Series appearances, including this past season.

Oregon did not confirm Lombardi’s hiring, with Jimmy Stanton, the senior associate athletic director for communications, telling The Register-Guard via text message that “we expect to have an announcement regarding our softball head coaching position in the coming days.”

Lombardi has been an assistant at Oklahoma for 21 seasons under coach Patty Gasso. She joined the staff as a graduate assistant after her Sooner playing days ended in 1996.

The former catcher was named the pitching coach in 1997 and associate head coach in 2007.

During her time in Norman, Oklahoma had 12 Women’s College World Series appearances and won four national titles.

The strength of the Sooners’ pitching staff was a big reason for their success, as Lombardi guided the careers of some of the best pitchers in NCAA history in Paige Parker, Michelle Gascoigne and Keilani Ricketts, a two-time national player of the year award winner.

At Oregon, she’ll inherit a talented pitching staff that includes 2018 Pac-12 pitcher of the year and first-team all-American Megan Kleist, who is back for her senior season after going 21-7 with a 1.32 ERA and 221 strikeouts last season. The Ducks also have first-team all-Pac-12 junior Miranda Elish (25-2, 1.20, 249 strikeouts), who was also a second-team all-American, and junior Maggie Balint (7-1, 2.11, 62).

Overall, the Ducks pitchers had a combined 1.38 ERA with 537 strikeouts and held opponents to a .179 batting average. Among that string was a 5-0 home win over Oklahoma in which Kleist threw a one-hitter

Oregon went 53-10 in 2018 and won the Pac-12 title. It was the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason fro the second time under White, who also led Oregon to five Pac-12 Conference titles, including in 2018. But the Ducks went 1-2 in Oklahoma City and were sent home early, just as in their previous four appearances.

Not long after, White left for Texas.