Jason Olson, Deseret News
BYU softball coach Gordon Eakin guided the Cougars to their first-ever berth in the NCAA Super Regionals this season.

PROVO — BYU and the Western Athletic Conference today announced that BYU will join the WAC for softball beginning with the 2011-12 athletic season.

On Sept. 1, 2010, BYU announced its football program would go independent and the Cougars would join the West Coast Conference in the majority of its other sports. Because the WCC does not sponsor softball, the BYU athletic administration has been actively exploring other options for conference affiliation.

"As a softball program, we are excited to compete in the WAC," said BYU softball coach Gordon Eakin. "It has been a nationally competitive league, and we are looking forward to contributing to the success of the conference."

The Cougars are coming off the most successful season in school history and are ranked No. 16 heading into 2011. BYU claimed its second-straight conference title in 2010, finishing the season ranked No. 15 with a 46-13 record—the most wins in program history.