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Kirkpatrick to lead Thiel College softball program


Kirkpatrick to lead Thiel College softball program

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Director of Athletics Amy Schafer recently announced the hiring of Kelly Kirkpatrick as Thiel College’s head softball coach.

Kirkpatrick arrives at Thiel after spending three seasons as the assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio. In 2018, she helped the Racers win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament title and a berth in the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Tournament.
“I want to thank Amy Schafer for the tremendous opportunity to lead the Tomcat Softball Program,” said Kirkpatrick. “I am very excited to part of the Thiel Family.”
In 2016 and 2017, Kirkpatrick served as the graduate assistant varsity softball coach and the head junior varsity coach at the University of Rio Grande. In her two seasons with the team, she helped the RedStorm compile a record of 128-19 and twice qualify for the opening round of the NAIA Tournament.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and graduate programs in, Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Communication and Leadership, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology. All of Thiel College’s master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce outstanding graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to diversity and inclusion. The College combines tradition with innovation as it honors its past and celebrates its future.

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