NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- Norwich director of athletics Tony Mariano announced Julie Craig as the new head softball coach Tuesday. 

Craig takes over a program that is coming off its best season in nearly a decade after the Cadets finished with a 25-10 overall record and claimed their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference regular-season title.

Norwich went 20-4 in league play last year and also boasted a program-record 19-game winning streak before being upset in the first round of the GNAC tournament by Suffolk. Norwich’s 25 wins were the most since 2004.

“It is an absolute honor to be serving as the head coach for the women’s softball program,” Craig said. “I’m very excited about the upcoming season and look forward to building upon the traditions of success that Norwich University instills on and off the field.”

Craig is a 1998 alumnus of Norwich and was a four-year member of the softball program from 1994-1997. She also was an assistant coach with the 1998 squad while she finished up her degree.

Craig made an instant impact as a freshman, leading the Cadets in nine offensive categories including hits, runs, doubles, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. In her final two years, Norwich compiled a 29-14-1 record, which included a GNAC semifinal appearance in her junior season.

Craig won the Coaches Award in 1997 and was GNAC Honorable Mention All-Conference in '96.

After graduating from Norwich, Craig served active duty in the Army from 1999-2011. In 2007, she played for the All-Army softball squad.

This past February, Craig returned to Norwich and now serves as the Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer.

Craig takes over the reins of the program from Greg McGrath, who compiled a 69-72 record during his four years, which included playoff appearances in three of the four years.