Former Wildcat Named Head Softball Coach At Hanover



Hanover, IN (by Tyler Jester/Hanover College) – The Hanover College Athletic Department has named Cori Eckerle as the new head coach of the softball program.

Eckerle comes to Hanover after spending the last seven seasons, both as a player and a coach at the University of Indianapolis, where the team appeared in the NCAA Division II National Tournament Regional, Super Regional and World Series rounds.

Eckerle will look to build upon the recent success of the Hanover softball program, which has won at least 18 games in each of the past four seasons. The Panthers finished 18-14 overall this past spring and logged their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 2016 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

“I am honored and excited to continue the previous success of the Hanover softball program and take it to the next level,” stated Eckerle. “I am very thankful to Melissa Frost, Sara Kubuske, Dr. Willey and the University of Indianapolis for their support and guidance in the previous years.”

Eckerle spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant for the UIndy softball program, which accumulated a 132-41 overall record during the span.

The Greyhounds appeared in the NCAA National Tournament in all three seasons with Eckerle on the staff, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2015. Eckerle and her fellow UIndy coaches added 2015 NFC Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year to their resumes.

Prior to her coaching stint with the Greyhounds, Eckerle was a four-year starter for the squad as a catcher and infielder, with the team accumulating a 184-44-1 overall mark. She was voted to the all-Great Lakes Valley Conference teams on three occasions, while also earning 2011 GLVC Freshman of the Year honors. Eckerle’s freshman campaign also garnered her NFCA Academic All-American and second team Midwest region awards.

“I want to thank Hanover College, Lynn Hall and the administration for this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the Panther softball team members, their families and alumni.”

As a student-athlete at UIndy, Eckerle was a four-year starter at catcher, helping the Hounds to a stellar 184-44 record in her four years. The Jasper, Ind., native was three times voted to the All-GLVC Team as well as being dubbed the 2011 GLVC Freshman of the Year. She finished her career ranked highly in the UIndy career annals in a number of statistical categories, including walks (3rd, 97), home runs (6th,18), runs batted in (11th, 84) and runs scored (13th, 94).

Earned three letters each in softball and basketball at Jasper High School where she graduated in 2011.  She batted .407 as a senior team captain…starting catcher for the IHSAA 3A state runner-up squad as a sophomore, batting .418 with a .508 on-base percentage…earned team leadership award as a senior…two-time All-Big 8 Conference and All-Southwest Indiana selection.

Cori is currently finishing her Masters of Business Administration program at UIndy with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She resides in Northern Kentucky with her fiancé, Alesa Collinsworth.

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