The 2013-14 season will be Elle Fracker's first year as head softball coach at Valley City State University. Fracker served as an assistant coach for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons before being promoted to head coach in July 2013. She is the 10th head coach in program history.
As assistant coach at VCSU, Fracker worked in all aspects of the program but served primarily as the hitting coach and worked with outfield defense and the catchers. She was also heavily involved in recruiting.
A four-year varsity letter winner at NCAA Division I Indiana State University, Fracker was a catcher for the Sycamores during her playing career.
After graduating from Indiana State in 2008, Fracker worked as an intern for the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch Association. Fracker then joined the coaching ranks at NCAA Division I Drexel University in Philadelphia, working as the number one assistant for two seasons.
From there, Fracker moved to Oberlin College where she also served as the assistant coach. While at Oberlin College, Fracker focused on hitting, helping lead the hitters to break nearly every offensive record in program history. Defensively she worked with all aspects of the game including both infield and outfield.
"Elle has been a great asset to Viking softball the past two seasons, and we're excited to give her the opportunity to be a head coach," VCSU athletic director Jack Denholm said when announcing her promotion. "With several years of experience as both an assistant coach and former player, she's ready to make the transition to head coach."
Megan Chapman is the newest assistant softball coach at VCSU, hired in September 2013 to fill the spot vacated when Elle Fracker was promoted to head coach.
Chapman played her college softball at NCAA Division I Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. She faced off against some of the top teams in college softball throughout her career, taking on Texas, UCLA, Stanford, USC and Hawaii among others.
Chapman was a four-year team captain at Winthrop, playing mainly shortstop. She was also in charge of planning and organizing all camps. She graduated from Winthrop in December, 2012.
At VCSU, Chapman will work to further the abilities of everyone on the team, both defensively and offensively.
Hayley Bevan joins the Viking Softball coaching staff for the 2013-14 season after completing her playing career at VCSU in 2013.
A native of South Surrey, British Columbia, Bevan played in 160 games during her four years as a Viking athlete. An outfielder, Bevan hit .269 during her college career, including a .318 average as a freshman and a .304 average as a junior.
Bevan will serve as a student assistant coach.
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