BILLINGS, Mont. -- Montana State University Billings Director of Athletics, Dr. Gary Gray, announced Tuesday that Anthony Stone, head softball coach, has submitted his resignation of the position effective immediately.

“I'm resigning today based on the direction the program is heading at this point in the season,” said Stone. “I take full responsibility for the poor start, especially when the expectations were so high for a positive beginning. However, I feel very badly that things are not going in the right direction and firmly believe that a change in the head coach is necessary. I would like to thank Montana State University Billings, in particular Dr. Gary Gray, for all of the things they have done for me and made the last four years unforgettable. I will miss all of the good people for which I am grateful to have had the pleasure of countless positive experiences with.”

Stone was in the midst of his fourth season with the Yellowjackets, posting a 6-11 record overall this season with a 4-8 start in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Stone departs MSUB with a record of 95-78 overall (.549); for his career, he is 137-114 in his six seasons as a head coach (.546).

“We will miss Coach Stone and wish him all the best in the future,” said Gray. “He's been a great asset to the development of our softball program.”

Under Stone's watch, MSUB players have enjoyed numerous individual awards. There have been two NCAA All-West Region award winners, back-to-back GNAC Freshman of the Year recipients (2008 & 2009), one GNAC Newcomer of the Year award winner, 14 All-GNAC Academic winners and 18 All-GNAC honorees.

Stone also guided the Yellowjackets to a school record 39 games in 2009, winning the GNAC title and advancing the team to the NCAA West Regional, earning him GNAC Coach of the Year honors.

Current MSUB assistant coaches Lisa Allen and Rebekah Tsatsa will guide the Yellowjackets for the remainder of the season. Allen has been named interim head coach, while Tsatsa will remain an assistant. A national search will begin at the conclusion of the season for Stone's replacement.

“I am confident in Coach Allen and Coach Tsatsa's abilities to lead the team going forward throughout the rest of this season,” Gray concluded. “We look forward to assisting them in any way we can as a department.”