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Kinberger, Holub leaving FHSU

8/18/2014

By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Fort Hays State University officially announced Tuesday the resignation of Fort Hays State University softball coach Erin Kinberger.

Kinberger, formerly Brunt, accepted the same position at her alma mater, Saint Leo University, in St. Leo, Fla. Kinberger was the starting catcher for four seasons for the Lions. She is replacing John Conway, who resigned at Saint Leo last week after four seasons.

Kinberger just wrapped up her third season at the helm of the Tigers after she replaced Julie LeMaire, now the head coach at Emporia State University. Kinberger was an assistant to LeMaire for three seasons prior to taking over as head coach for the Tigers.

“There are so many people I want to thank for making my years at Fort Hays State University the best decision of my life,” Kinberger said in a release from the sports information office. “First and foremost, Curtis Hammeke for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to begin my career as a head coach, and all of my student-athletes who worked day in and day out for me and this University.

“Without their dedication and love for the game, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to reach one of my goals of coaching at my alma mater (Saint Leo University),” she said.

Kinberger was second all-time in program history in wins after going 107-51 in three years as head coach. The Tigers finished 29-20 a season ago. Two years ago, Kinberger guided the Tigers’ best finish in program history. FHSU finished 47-12, won the MIAA Tournament championship, and claimed the No.1 seed in the Central Regional, the Tigers’ second tournament appearance in program history. That season also saw the Tigers’ first top-25 ranking in history.

“Erin has done an outstanding job with our softball program as head coach the past three years,” Hammeke said. “We wish her the best in her opportunity to return home.”

Graduate assistant coach Maddie Holub, a Thomas More Prep-Marian graduate, will be continuing her coaching career alongside Kinberger at Saint Leo, according to the release.

The position has been advertised since Friday.