YPSILANTI, Mich.--Former Adrian College softball student-athlete Andrea Vangoss '09 has joined the coaching staff as an assistant at NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan University, the school announced on Tuesday. For the past four seasons, Vangoss has been the head coach at Austin College which is out of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
A 2009 Adrian graduate, Vangoss was a two-year starter in 2007 and '08 for the Bulldogs in the circle after spending her first two collegiate seasons at Macomb Community College. She led Adrian in victories both seasons and was top-two in strikeouts. At MCC, Vangoss fueled MCC to the NJCAA State Championship. A strong hurler for both teams, Vangoss finished her career with five one-hitters and two no-hit performances.
"I am excited to welcome Andrea to the Eagle softball family and look for her to make an impact right away," EMU head coach Melissa Gentile said. "She has been a very successful head coach, brings a strong work ethic, knowledge of all facets of the game, and a passion to continually grow and challenge herself. She will work primarily with our pitchers and will also take over as our recruiting coordinator."
In her new role, Vangoss will serve as EMU's primary pitching coach, while also taking over the role of recruiting coordinator. She inherits a squad that features three hurlers who set career-highs in strikeouts and career-lows in earned run average a season ago.
A native of Dearborn Heights, Vangoss comes to Ypsilanti after a four-year stint guiding the Austin Roos. In addition to leading the softball program at Austin, a NCAA Division III institution located in Sherman, Texas, Vangoss served as a Recreation Sports Supervisor and Adjunct Professor. She coached 20 All-SCAC honorees and one all-region selection, while compiling the best winning percentage in program history.
Prior to her time in Texas, Vangoss was a graduate assistant coach at nearby Concordia University in Ann Arbor. There, she directed camps and clinics, while also helping with the day-to-day responsibilities. She also spent time as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she oversaw the pitching staff.
Her coaching experience reaches outside the collegiate ranks, having spent six seasons (2005-11) at the high school level, serving as an assistant coach at Riverview High School in Riverview, Mich.
Vangoss holds a bachelor's degree in education from Adrian College and a master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University (Mich.).
(Editor's note: Portions of this report courtesy of EMUEagles.com.)