Missouri Western names Joe Yegge sixth softball coach


August 6 – Based on the success of Jen Bagley Trotter’s two decades of reign, there were high hopes in and around the Missouri Western softball program on who their successor would be.

A 600-game winner is replaced by another as Missouri Western named Joe Yegge as the team’s sixth head coach. Former head coach of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his Eagles have gone 537-112 in 11 seasons, going to six NJCAA Division II World Series with eight conference titles.

“I’ve always said in my career that if a good D-II job opened up, you know that would be a nice place to call home,” Yegge said. “And that was what I thought was a good place.”

It’s a very familiar place for Yegge, who sent five Kirkwood players to Missouri Western during his tenure, including current senior Rachel Stewart. Former players Morgan Frost and Lexi Kinnaird will also be assistants on his squad, with Frost remaining and Kinnaird returning just weeks after accepting a position at Gulf Coast State in Florida.

“Everyone was a little nervous not knowing what it was going to be with someone new. Coming to him with the experience he has at the DI level and in Kirkwood is going to be a smooth and good transition. for everyone, ”said Stewart.

Yegge was most recently associate head coach with Division-I DePaul, helping the Chicago school win a Big East title this spring and the Conference Tournament Championship in 2019. He and the Blue Demons coaching staff won the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year award. This year.

Yegge and his team have been named the NFCA Midwestern Regional Coach of the Year three times at KCC. He developed 46 NFCA All-Americans, 33 NJCAA All-Americans and three National Player of the Year winners in Kirkwood.

“Coach Yegge is a proven head coach with a track record of excellence in competition,” said Associate Athletic Director Theresa Grosbach. “He is a tenacious recruiter with a deep love for softball. Most importantly, he believes in the importance of bonding authentically with student-athletes and helping them reach their full potential both on the field. in softball and in the classroom, and ultimately preparing them for life after the game.Our softball program has a long history of success, and we are confident in Coach Yegge’s ability to build on that foundation.

In his 25-year career, he is 616-225 in 15 seasons as a head coach. This includes a stint at North Iowa Area CC from 1999-2002 and Kirkwood from 2009-2018. He also served as an assistant at NIACC and Indiana State.

He replaces Bagley, who resigned in June to take up the head coach position at the University of St. Thomas. Trotter left MWSU with 676 wins, which is the most in school and MIAA history.

The Griffons are led by National Player of the Year finalist Sydni Hawkins, who led the MIAA in several hitting categories as a junior. The MIAA Player of the Year broke school records with a batting average of 0.483 and a base percentage of 0.522.

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