By SUU ATHLETICS STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
For Iron County Today
CEDAR CITY– The Southern Utah University softball team and head coach Tom Gray have announced the hiring of former Thunderbird Kortny Hall as a new assistant coach ahead of the 2018 season.
“We are excited to have Kortny joining our staff,” Gray said. “She has impressed me with her confidence and desire to help our pitching staff step up to the next level. It’s great that she is a Thunderbird softball alumni and is coming back to continue building the program.”
Hall comes to Southern Utah from Southern Virginia University, where she was the head coach of the Knights for last three years. During her time at SVU, the team improved in all major statistical categories, including dropping their team ERA by over three full runs.
Before jumping back into collegiate softball, Hall was the head coach at Liberty High School in Peoria, Arizona from 2007 to 2013. During her time with the Lions, she led the team to three Arizona State Championship tournaments, including the first appearance in the history of the program in 2010. She was named West Valley Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and was nominated for Big School Coach of the Year in 2011.
Previous to launching her coaching career, Hall attended SUU where she played softball for the Thunderbirds from 2005 to 2006. During her time as a Thunderbird she helped lead Southern Utah to back-to-back regular season Mid-Continent Conference Championships, a Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship, and the first ever NCAA Regional appearance for SUU in 2006. Hall was named to the Mid-Continent All-Conference First Team both seasons and was a member of the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team in 2006. She was also named to the NCAA Division I All-West Region Team and earned ESPN Magazine Academic All-American status for her work in the classroom. Hall holds the 11th highest career batting average (.334) and is 14th in career home runs (11).
Hall played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Phoenix College in Arizona where she was a member of the 2004 NJCAA National Championship team. She was named the Region I NJCAA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year following the 2004 season.
Hall graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Utah University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education/Health with an emphasis in Coaching/Teaching. She earned her Master’s Degree from SUU as well, graduating for a second time in 2010 with a Masters in Human Performance and Sports Conditioning.
“I’m excited to come back to Southern Utah. It’s a place that I love and I take a lot of pride in being a T-Bird,” Hall said. “I never thought I would get the opportunity to come back and coach where I played. We were really successful when I played here and I’m hoping that we will be able to do recreate that success.”