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Kassie Stanfill Named Assistant Softball Coach

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - Kassie Stanfill, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee, has been named the assistant coach for the Ball State softball program, according to head coach Craig Nicholson.

   "We are thrilled to have Kassie join the Ball State softball family," Nicholson said. "She brings a wealth of knowledge as both a coach and a player to our program. During her stint at MTSU, Kassie helped develop the Blue Raiders into one of the top offensive programs in the Sun Belt Conference. We look for her to help our offense continue to grow, as we work towards turning Ball State into a top-25 caliber program."

   Primarily responsible for developing the hitters and outfielders at MTSU, Stanfill helped the Blue Raiders offense establish a program record with 41 home runs last season. The team's batting average also climbed from .247 in 2010 to .272 in 2012 under her guidance, while the program finished the 2012 season with the second-best slugging percentage in program history at .424. She also helped coach a pair of players to All-Sun Belt First Team honors during her tenure.

   "I am excited to be a part of the Ball State softball family," Stanfill said. "I believe Craig has a great vision for the program, and I appreciate the opportunity he has given me to coach one of the premier programs in the Mid-American Conference."

   Stanfill's duties at Middle Tennessee also included developing and implementing practice plans, recruiting and scouting opponents. She also planned the program's annual fall and summer camps, arranged community service events, organized alumni events and coordinated the team's travel.

   Prior to joining the MTSU coaching staff, Stanfill served as the varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach at La Rue County High School in Hodgenville, Ky., in 2009-10. In addition, Stanfill has worked numerous camps at Louisville and Tennessee.

   Before her coaching career, Stanfill was a four-year letterwinner (2006-09) and two-year team co-captain (2008-09) for the Louisville softball program. A two-time All-Big East Third Team selection, Stanfill was a .293 career hitter for the Cardinals, posting 155 hits over her career, including 29 doubles, six triples and 10 home runs. She also made 68 career appearances in the circle for U of L, posting a 2.72 career earned run average, a 27-13 record and 227 strikeouts.

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