MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Katie Field has been named assistant softball coach at Mount Olive, it was announced Tuesday by Trojan head coach Jaime Kylis-Higginbotham. Field begins her duties in August.
Field spent a year as a graduate assistant coach at Division I Gardner-Webb University and two years as an assistant coach at Seminole Community College (Fla.). She played softball at University of North Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education/sports leadership. Field played multiple positions, including pitcher, shortstop and outfield. Prior to her collegiate career, she was the Seminole County Softball Player of the Year during her senior year at Oviedo High School (Fla.).
Outside of softball, she helped launch Elite Training Academy, a fitness center in Oviedo, Fla. She has been serving as a personal trainer and a softball pitching and hitting instructor at Elite Training.
As assistant coach, Field will work with the Trojan pitching staff and will also assist with hitting, as well as recruiting.
“I am extremely excited for the arrival of Coach Field,” said Kylis-Higginbotham. “She has been in the game for a while now and has experience in all aspects of softball. Her personality and passion for the game make her a perfect fit and I think my girls are going to respond to her immediately.”
Mount Olive posted an overall record of 25-18-1 in 2009 and finished second in the Conference Carolinas regular season standings with an 11-5 mark. The Trojans placed third in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, becoming the only team in the conference to finish in the top three in the regular season standings and the conference tournament in each of the last three years. Mount Olive was ranked No. 8 in the final regular season NCAA II Southeast Region Poll and received votes in the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll during the regular season.