Kristin Erb is in her fifth year on Kelley Green’s staff, serving as an assistant coach, with her primary focus on the development of the pitching staff.
The Chanticleers in 2017 had an overall record of 32-23 but finished 8th in the Sun Belt in their first year of conference play.
Coach Erb's pitching staff had two hurlers finish in the top 10 of the conference in earned run average. Sophomore Ashley Guillette and Senior Taylor Rahbach both had a sub 3.00 ERA and tied each other for 9th in the Sun Belt with 13 victories.
Guillette started 22 times and ended the season with a 13-10 record, a 2.48 ERA which was 7th best in Sun Belt. She also led the conference with four saves, allowed opponents to hit a paltry .190, and struck out 182 in 146 innings which was third best in the conference. Six of her victories were of the seven innings or more and three hits or less.
Rahbach had a 13-9 record with an earned run average of 2.77 (10th SBC )and led the Chants with four shutouts.
In 2016, the Chanticleers finished second in the Big South with an 18-6 record and 37-22 overall record. The 18-win season ranked third best in school history behind the 2014 (20) and 2013 (19) seasons. Under the guidance of Erb, senior pitcher Kelsey Dominik recorded 19 victories, which tied for third-most in the Big South and senior Mackenzie Conrad recorded a Big South-leading four saves in the 2016 season. Also, freshman Ashley Guillette made her first pitching career start against NC State for the Chanticleers as she tied the single-game strikeout record with 13, which set by Ashley Bagwell in 2011. Guillette threw a no-hitter to lead the second-seeded Chanticleers to an 8-0 five-inning victory over #3 seed Liberty in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals.
The Chanticleers finish second in the Big South with a 16-7 record and 33-24 overall record. Coastal advanced to the semi-finals of the Big South tournament but fell short of the title game. Kory Hayden and Morgan Noad were selected to the All-Big South first team. Amanda Daneker and Kiana Quolas earned second-team honors while Kailey Mellen and Annie Robinson were named to the All-Freshman team.
Under Erb, Coastal's pitching has led the Big South Conference in every major category each of the last two years and ranked among the top 10 in the nation in 2014. The Chanticleers finished 2014 with a 1.61 team ERA, ranking as the sixth-lowest in the NCAA. Individually, Kiana Quolas ranked eighth nationally with a 1.29 ERA, the fourth-best in school history, and totaled 27 wins, the second-most by a Chant pitcher in a single season. Quolas was an NFCA All-Region second team selection and the unanimous Big South Pitcher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014 and, guided by Erb, pitched a no-hitter against North Carolina on March 12, 2014. Teammate Ashley Bagwell joined Quolas on the All-Big South first team as a pitcher last season while posting a career-best 2.01 ERA and she finished her Coastal career ranked second in program history with 638 strikeouts.
Erb joined the Chanticleer staff after spending the 2012 season at James Madison University where she served as the pitching coach and was responsible for all coaching aspects of the pitching staff as well as working with the catchers in the development of game-calling strategies. In 2012, under the direction of Erb, the Dukes pitching staff produced eight shutouts while lowering the team ERA from 3.67 in 2011 to 3.03. In addition, the pitching staff lowered opponents' batting average 25 points over the previous year and produced 50 more strikeouts.
Before joining the staff at James Madison, Erb served a one-year stint as the pitching coach at Austin Peay and oversaw all aspects of the team's pitching staff, including developing in-season and off-season pitching workouts and charting the pitching staff for evaluation. Erb also spent a season as an assistant coach with Lock Haven University, where she worked with the team's pitchers and catchers and also served as the first base coach.
As a player at Lock Haven, Erb amassed one of the greatest playing careers of any Division II softball player in history. She went 168-18 with a 0.389 ERA while recording 1,388 strikeouts and 100 shutouts. She ranks first in Division II history in victories, single-season wins (50), shutouts, games started (171), innings pitched (1,240) and consecutive scoreless innings pitched (86 1/3). In addition, she threw seven career perfect games and 13 no-hitters while being named a four-time NFCA All-American. She was a two-time winner of the Division II Honda Award for National Player of the Year and a three-time Daktronics Pitcher of the Year.
After finishing her playing career for the Eagles, the Reading, Pa., native spent two seasons playing in the NPF, formerly the Women's Pro Softball League. In 2009 she led the Philadelphia Force in wins, ERA and innings pitched and in 2010 she was second on the Tennessee Diamonds in ERA and innings pitched.
Erb graduated from Lock Haven University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration.