CCU

Green Adds Erb and Forrester to Softball Coaching Staff

       

July 23, 2012

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina softball head coach Kelley Green has added Kristin Erb and Jessica Forrester to her staff for the upcoming season. Erb will serve as an assistant coach with her primary focus on the development of the pitching staff, while Forrester will become the program's first director of softball

Kristin Erb
Jessica Forrester

operations.

Both Erb and Forrester played on Green's national championship-winning teams in 2006 and 2009 at Lock Haven University.

"Kristin is an excellent addition to our coaching staff," Green said. "Her passion and energy level along with her knowledge of the game will benefit our program tremendously. Her experiences as a two time national champion and professional player will help us continue to take Coastal softball to new heights."

Erb joins 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.

A native of Phoenixville, Pa., Forrester's primary responsibilities as director of softball operations include facilitating team and individual workouts, setting up practice and coordinating camps. Forrester will also supervise the programs' video services.

"We are fortunate to have added this new position in our program this year and Jess will do a fantastic job handling our daily operations," said Green.

Forrester previously served as the head softball instructor at the Bases Loaded Training Facility in Montevallo, Ala., and served as an assistant softball coach at McAdory High School in McCalla, Ala.

During her playing career at Lock Haven, Forrester helped the Lady Eagles to four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference division and tournament championships as well as four regional championships.

Forrester graduated from Lock Haven in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration. She married her husband Sean in June of 2010.