ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of Anna Ball as the ninth head softball coach in the history of the school. Ball takes over a very successful program after Kristina Schweikert stepped down after 178 wins in seven seasons.
"It was important to find someone with collegiately head coaching experience to continue our highly regarded softball program," said athletic director Michael Duffy. "Anna had been at her previous institution since 2011 and knows what it takes in terms of recruiting and managing a program. Adrian College is very lucky to have someone of Anna's caliber step into a great situation of talent and make it even better."
Ball comes to Adrian College from Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina where she was the head coach since the 2011 season. In 2014, she guided the softball squad to the best offensive season in school history and coached the conference freshman of the year as well as Lizzie Fela who led the SSAC conference in batting and was a NFCA and NAIA All-American. Fela became the first Warrior softball player in 10 years to be named an All-American.
Ball led the Warriors to the program's first 20-win season in nine years during the 2013 season. Under Ball's leadership the Warriors racked up wins over four nationally-ranked NAIA teams and finished runner-up in the NCCAA South Regional in 2013. While at SWU, Ball also served as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee advisor and was an adjunct professor.
Ball began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, Notre Dame College (Ohio), from 2009-2011. She was the assistant softball coach for the Falcons who made NAIA National Tournament appearances in every year she was on the staff. The Falcons finished sixth during the 2009 NAIA National Tournament.
As a Falcon athlete, Ball was a two-time All-American and a three-time American Mideast Conference Player of the Year. As a first-year Falcon, she received the AMC's Freshman of the Year award. She holds nine different NDC offensive records and at the summation of her career, became the NAIA's all-time leader in career batting average (.516), slugging percentage (.892) and ranks second in the NAIA with 87 doubles.
The Mansfield, Ohio native has a bachelor of arts degree in Middle Childhood Education and is currently working on her master's degree at Notre Dame College in Educational Technology.