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Fort Hays State announced Tuesday (Aug. 19) the resignation of head softball coach Erin Kinberger, who will become the new head coach at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Fla., her alma mater.
 
Kinberger compiled a career record of 107-51 in just three seasons as head coach at Fort Hays State, helping the Tigers transition into a top-tier program, both in the MIAA and nationally.  Kinberger ranks first all-time in win percentage among coaches in FHSU history, at .677, and is second all-time in wins to Ed Wilkerson's 142.  Additionally, the Tigers' 47-12 record in 2013 was the winningest season in program history and Kinberger was named MIAA Coach of the Year, prior to her team winning the 2013 MIAA Tournament.  Kinberger also served three years as an assistant with the Tiger program.
 
"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.  "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.
 
The Tigers were ranked as high as No. 10 in the NFCA Top 25 poll during Kinberger's time, and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Central Region Tournament during the 2013 season.  She coached several award winning players, including one NFCA and Daktronics All-American, five All-Region awardees and 22 All-Conference honorees, including the 2013 MIAA Pitcher and Player of the Year (Maddie Holub) and the 2012 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year (Adriana Wortley).
 
"These past six years have been the best years of my life and will be leaving a big piece of my heart in Hays," Kinberger said.
 
Fort Hays State Athletics Director Curtis Hammeke announced that a search for Kinberger's replacement is in progress.

"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 will be continuing her coaching career alongside Kinberger at Saint Leo.