Former Saint Leo Softball Standout Named Head Coach at Fort Hays State
Erin Kinberger (Brunt) Earns Head Coaching Nod
FORT HAYS, Kan. – Former Saint Leo softball standout Erin Kinberger (formerly Brunt), was named Fort Hays State University Head Softball Coach, it was announced Monday by Fort Hays Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke.
Kinberger, a three-year assistant coach at Fort Hays State, takes over for former coach Julie LeMaire.
Prior to her tenure at Fort Hays, however, Kinberger was a staple on the field and sidelines for Saint Leo University softball (2003-2008).
Graduating in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education, Kinberger was a.291 hitter; finishing her career with 12 home runs, 40 doubles, and 97 RBI for the Green & Gold.
Starting each of her 208 games over a four-year span, Kinberger was part of two teams that qualified for the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament, earning All-Sunshine State Conference honors all four years and Second Team All-South Region in 2006. In addition to those honors, she was the recipient of the 2006 Women in Sports Sodexho Scholarship; 2007 Sunshine State Conference Female Sportsmanship Award; 2005-2006 SLU Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Award; 2005-2006 SLU Community Award; 2004-2005 SLU Personal Development Award; and was a four time NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete.
Earning critical coaching experience early on, Kinberger was named the Head Coach in the summer of 2007 for the Team FLA 16U travel ball squad, and moved up to Head Coach of Team FLA 18U Gold in the summer of 2008.
Also in 2008, Kinberger grabbed her first bit of collegiate coaching experience as she was named the Lions' graduate assistant, helping Saint Leo to their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
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