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Kortny Hall Promoted to Head Coach of Thunderbird Softball Program

Published: July 19, 2018 | Author: Kyle Birnbrauer | Category: Athletics

Kortny Hall standing on the softball field, posing and smiling for the cameraSouthern Utah Athletics and Athletic Director Debbie Corum have announced current assistant coach Kortny Hall as the new head coach for the Thunderbird softball program.

“Kortny has known success in each stage of her career: as an athlete, assistant coach and head coach, and she returned to SUU last year to try to help the team she loves most become a winning team. During the interview process her passion for SUU was made clear and evident,” Corum said. “She impressed everyone on the search committee with her knowledge of the sport and her ideas for building a successful program. It is always special when a former athlete can return to help the program and we welcome Kortny into this role with great enthusiasm.”

Hall was named assistant coach ahead of the 2018 season and was responsible for developing pitchers and catchers, creating and implementing scouting reports, and calling pitches.

“I would like to thank President Wyatt, Debbie Corum, and the administration for the opportunity to be the next head coach at Southern Utah University,” Hall said. “I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead the Thunderbird softball program. Ever since I played at Southern Utah University, it has always had a special place in my heart. I am so excited to be back here at SUU and create an winning atmosphere that our players can take pride in.”

Hall came to Southern Utah from Southern Virginia University, where she was the head coach of the Knights for three years. During her time at SVU, the team improved in all major statistical categories, including dropping their team ERA by over three full runs.

Before jumping back into collegiate softball, Hall was the head coach at Liberty High School in Peoria, Arizona from 2007 to 2013. During her time with the Lions, she led the team to three Arizona State Championship tournaments, including the first appearance in the history of the program in 2010. She was named West Valley Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and was nominated for Big School Coach of the Year in 2011.

Previous to launching her coaching career, Hall attended SUU where she played softball for the Thunderbirds from 2005 to 2006. During her time as a Thunderbird she helped lead Southern Utah to back-to-back regular season Mid-Continent Conference Championships, a Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship, and the first ever NCAA Regional appearance for SUU in 2006. Hall was named to the Mid-Continent All-Conference First Team both seasons and was a member of the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team in 2006. She was also named to the NCAA Division I All-West Region Team and earned ESPN Magazine Academic All-American status for her work in the classroom. Hall holds the 11th highest career batting average (.334) and is 14th in career home runs (11).

Hall played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Phoenix College in Arizona where she was a member of the 2004 NJCAA National Championship team. She was named the Region I NJCAA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year following the 2004 season.

Hall graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Utah University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education/Health with an emphasis in Coaching/Teaching. She earned her Master’s Degree from SUU as well, graduating for a second time in 2010 with a Masters in Human Performance and Sports Conditioning.

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Contact Information:

Kyle Birnbrauer
760-468-5799
kylebirnbrauer@suu.edu