Mohr is FHSU's new softball coach
By AUSTIN COLBERT
By AUSTIN COLBERT
Adrian Mohr already knows a lot about the Fort Hays State University softball program. A 2010 FHSU graduate, Mohr's name can be found sprinkled throughout the Tiger record books. She was an important piece in the construction of the current program, both as a player and for two seasons as a graduate assistant coach until she earned her master's in exercise science in 2012.
For the last two years Mohr has been an assistant coach at Emporia State University under Julie LeMaire, who coached FHSU softball from 2009-2011. But on Monday in the Tiger Room at FHSU, it was announced Mohr was returning to Hays as the Tigers' eighth head coach in its NCAA Division II history.
"I'm extremely excited to be back in Hays," Mohr said. "I know this is a great school and even better community and the community support and involvement is unbelievable in this town. I'm extremely excited to be back here at my alma mater and I'm looking forward to this opportunity to work with a great group of girls."
Mohr replaces Erin Kinberger, who resigned last week after three years leading FHSU. She accepted a position as head softball coach at her alma mater, Saint Leo University, in Florida. Mohr spent the 2012 season as a graduate assistant under Kinberger at FHSU.
Mohr, a native of Thornton, Colo., is one of the most prolific players in FHSU history, having been a pitcher and outfielder. She ranks fourth in career hits with 197, is second in career doubles with 44, third in career runs scored with 116, and second in runs batted in with 121.
"Very excited to have the opportunity to bring Adrian back home," said FHSU Athletic Director Curtis Hammeke. "I'm real excited about the vast experience that she's picked up in the past four years working under both of our previous head coaches who have done such a really good job. ... We felt very, very blessed to have the opportunity to have someone of her credentials to step in and take over our program."
As an assistant at Emporia State, Mohr helped guide the Hornets to an 87-34 overall record including back-to-back NCAA Central Region appearances. Her role with ESU was all-inclusive, but she specialized in coaching the outfielders and assisted with recruitment and budget management.
Mohr met with the current FHSU players on Monday prior to her introductory press conference. She inherits a team coming off a 29-20 season, a year removed from a program best 47-12 record in 2013.
"I think I got a good base. I've got a big group of girls and an extremely talented group. I think in terms of that I just want to keep the tradition and success going," Mohr said. "I loved my time here as a student athlete and I also loved my time here as a coach. I was a part ... of the building process of this softball program and I thought it was going in a great direction. I was real excited when I got the opportunity to come back and be a part of it."
Hammeke said he had 17 applicants apply for the position. With school having already started, the quality of applicants was a major concern of his, as many head coaches wouldn't apply, leaving mostly assistant coaches and unemployed former head coaches to choose from. But in the end, Hammeke feels confident he made the right decision.
"I feel very fortunate to have Adrian here to take over this program, which I think is in very good shape," Hammeke said. "This situation is unfortunate when you lose a head coach so late in the year, but I feel really good (about) the hands we are placing these young ladies in right now and look forward to their future."