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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kelsi Dunne Named Head Coach at ERAU

Former Alabama all-American and SEC Pitcher of the Year Kelsi Dunne has been named the head coach at Embry-Riddle University, an NAIA school.

This will be Dunne's first head coaching position. Following a stellar playing career that finished with a single NPF season with the Tennessee Diamonds, Dunne's coaching resume includes one year as a volunteer assistant at Mississippi State and two seasons as pitching coach at Oklahoma State.

Dunne led the Alabama Crimson Tide to three Women's College World Series appearances during her career there, and her list of accolades and records set is vast and lengthy. Some of them, from the press release announcing her hiring:

"Named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, she was a four-time NCAA Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American as well as a four-time Easton first team All-American. A four-time All-SEC pitcher, Dunne was the 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year and was the MVP of the 2010 SEC tournament. She was a USA Softball top-10 finalist for Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011, and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch League by the NPF Diamonds.

Dunne closed out her career with the Crimson Tide as the all-time leader in strikeouts (1,219), strikeouts per seven innings (9.82), complete game no-hitters (9) and shutouts (40). She also finished with 113 career wins, which ranks sixth on the SEC's all-time list."

Dunne replaces Sarah Lockett at the position. Lockett began the program and led the team through their first two seasons before announcing her resignation on June 16. The Eagles are coming off of a 23-17 season in which they also took home the regular season conference championship.

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