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2 assistants leaving MSU softball program

Tony Paul, and Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Two of the four Michigan State softball coaches are leaving the program.

JT Gasso, who joined the staff last summer, is leaving to join the staff at Oklahoma, which is coached by his mother, Patty Gasso.

JT Gasso will serve as hitting coach for the Sooners, he told MSU players in a letter Tuesday. Oklahoma hasn't yet announced the hiring, but has announced that Tripp MacKay has stepped down as hitting coach to take a job in Texas.

Gasso spent two seasons at Oklahoma prior to his tenure at MSU.

"I want to say thank you for allowing us to come in and contribute to the development of the program," Gasso said in a letter to MSU players. "I am grateful for your respect and trust in the work we were doing. I hope that we had an impact on your softball career and personal life because we know that you have had that impact on us."

Gasso wrote the letter on behalf of himself and MSU volunteer coach Andrea Harrison, who also joined the staff last summer and is leaving as well. Harrison and Gasso are engaged to be married; it's not clear if Harrison also will be joining the Oklahoma staff in some capacity.

Gasso thanked coach Jacquie Joseph in his letter to MSU players Tuesday.

"I want to thank Coach J for the opportunity to help her in her continued standard of program excellence," Gasso wrote. "We know that Coach J will lead you to championships type excellence and trusting in the process provides unlimited success in all aspects of your life."

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