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Itawamba Community College

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

Education:

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


Personal:

Native of Selmer, Tennessee

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Kristen Hawkins

Education:

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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