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Lassen College Welcomes New Softball Coach

New Lassen Community College softball coach Kim Fritts. -photo provided

Lassen Community College has announced the hiring of a new softball coach, Kim Fritts, a highly accomplished player and longtime collegiate coach who served as head coach of Southern Oregon University’s softball program for eight seasons.

Prior to arriving at SOU, Fritts served as the top assistant at College of Charleston and helped the program to a 53-18 record in 2005, including a Southern Conference Championship and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

Hailed for her hitting and pitching instruction and recruitment skills, Fritts served as the lead assistant at Lewis & Clark College (2003-04) and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2000-02).

The Riverside, Calif., native began her coaching career in 1998 as an assistant at Miami University (Ohio), where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in sport organization.

The sought-after softball camp clinician coached a Nevada state championship youth 16U ASA team, and she was the co-owner of Desert Storm Softball Academy in Las Vegas, which produced several eventual NCAA standouts, including UCLA’s Crissy Buck and Oregon State’s Heather Valenty.

As a player, Fritts garnered first-team All-American honors at Fullerton Junior College in 1992 before transferring to UNLV, where she earned Big West Conference and all-region accolades as a catcher. She helped the Rebels rank third nationally by batting .357, driving in 30 runs and gaining team MVP honors in 1993.

She went on to play professionally on a traveling team that was the precursor for the Women’s Professional Fastpitch League.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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