Itawamba Community College

Itawamba Community College Athletics
602 West Hill Street Fulton, MS 38843
NJCAA Mississippi Southeast
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Kelly Beth Ernst


BS in Business Administration from Blue Mountain College

Masters of Business Administration from Blue Mountain College

Coaching Highlights:

Delta State University Assistant Coach (2022)

ICC Volunteer Assistant (2021)

Southaven Blue Angels 16U and 18U (2019-21)

Corinth American Freedom 16U and 18U (2017-18)

Arkansas Blast 12U (2016)

Awards and Recognitions

As a Coach:

Named Head Coach at ICC (2022)

MACCC Coaching Staff of the Year (2021)

As a Player:

Played at Harding University (2015-17)

Played at Blue Mountain College (2017-19)

Ranked first in the Great American Conference with 10 saves

Ranked second in the NCAA DII with 10 saves

Ranked fourth in the Great American Conference with 42 strikeouts


Native of Selmer, Tennessee

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Kristen Hawkins


Bachelor of Arts and Science: Sociology from University of Virginia

Masters of Education: Sports Administration — MED from Midwestern State University

Coaching Highlights:

First Assistant Coach at The University of New Mexico (2021-2022)

First Assistant Coach Alderson Broaddus University (2019-2021)

Assistant Coach at Western Illinois University (2015-2016)

First Assistant Coach at Midwestern State University (2013-2015)

Awards and Recognitions

As a coach:

At University of New Mexico:

- Helped program achieve best season since 2014

- Coached Olympian Andrea Howard who led the Mountain West Conference (MWC) in six offensive categories and broke multiple school records

- Two First Team All-Mountain West Conference selections

- 1 Mountain West NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee and Winner

- 1 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

- 1 CoSIDA Academic First Team All-American

- 1 First Team Academic All-District honors

- 10 Scholar Athletes

At Alderson Broaddus University:

20 student-athletes to Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) Academic All- Conference honors

At Western Illinois University:

- 12 NFCA All-American Scholar honors

- 1 Summit League Academic All-League Team

- 3 Second Team All-Summit League selectees

- 1 Summit Softball All-League Team selection

At Midwestern State University:

- Participated in the NCAA 2014 Division II South Central Regional Championship game

- 1 NFCA All-American

- 2 Daktronics All-Region Team members

- 1 Lone Star Conference (LSC) All-Postseason Tournament Team

- 7 All-LSC Team Members

- 2 NFCA National Hitter of the Week honors

- Achieved ranking of 24th in the country

- Led all of Division II in home runs per game (1.73) in 2014

- Shattered school record in 2014 for most HR in a season (95)

As a player:

- 4-year starter and captain at The University of Virginia (2009-2013)

- Nationally ranked in the NFCA/NCAA Top 25

- Led team in several offensive categories every year

- Among top ACC offensive category leaders during playing tenure

- Team made program history by making it to the NCAA Tournament and achieving first program win the NCAA Tournament (vs. Louisville)

- 4-year All-ACC Academic Team

- Holds Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League records

- 3-time All-State Selection

Personal Information:

Originally from Pittsburgh (Elizabeth), Pennsylvania. Has a dog named Cher.

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