Kristen Erb, a former All-America pitcher at Lock Haven (PA) University who twice was named NCAA Division II Honda Award recipient as softball’s most outstanding player, has been hired as assistant softball coach at Austin Peay State University.
Erb will assume Lady Govs pitching coach duties as well as assist with recruiting. She will join Jessica Rohn as an assistant under head coach Casey Dickson.
“We are excited to have Coach Erb join our coaching staff and bring a wealth of success to our team,” Dickson said. “It’s exciting to have a coach with as much success as she and the inspiration it will bring to our team.”
Erb comes to APSU after serving this past year as an assistant coach at her alma mater. This summer she has been pitched for the Tennessee Diamonds of the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) Softball League. She previously pitched for the Philadelphia Force, also of the NPF.
Erb enjoyed a historic college career at Lock Haven. She led the Lady Eagles to two Division II championships in 2006 and 2009, being named the tourney’s most valuable player both years. The Eagles also finished second in 2007 and third in 2008. Erb was a four-time All-American (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) and four-time member of the NCAA Division II All-tournament team.
The Reading, PA, native was named the Division II Honda Award recipient in both 2006 and 2009 and was a finalist in 2007. She was named Daktronics Pitcher of the Year from 2007-09.
She left Lock Haven as the Division II career leader in victories (168), shutouts (100), games started (171), innings pitched (1,240) and consecutive scoreless innings pitched (86 1/3). She is tied for the most single-season victories (50).
During her illustrious career, she threw 13 no-hitters, including seven perfect games. Offensively, she also hit .322 for her career with 22 home runs and 130 RBI.