Northwest Tech has announced they have hired Taylor Hatfield to be the first coach for the newly minted Maverick Women's Softball Team. The college recently announced its decision to start up an NJCAA Division I Women's Softball program and was on the hunt for a coach who could carry the weight of standing up a new program.
"I'm extremely excited to a part of such an exceptional school like Northwest Tech," said Hatfield. "I've always dreamed of building my own softball program, and this school is the perfect place to do so. Not only do I visualize an extremely successful group of women on the field, but I'm confident they will succeed in the classroom as well."
During her years as a player, Hatfield was a standout at both Cowley College and the University of Kansas. In her first year at Cowley, she led the team in 8 offensive categories and was selected as a First-Team All-Conference player. She was the starting catcher and was best known for her slugging abilities where she earned a .402 average and racked up 71 RBI's. She led the team in home runs, triples, doubles and RBI's.
While at the University of Kansas, she played outfield, led the team in triples and tied for fourth in the Big 12 in triples. She was third in team batting average with a .322 and tied for the longest hitting streak with 12 consecutive games.
Following graduation at KU, she returned to the NJCAA Division II Softball program at Cowley College where she was the assistant softball coach for the 2014-2015 season. During that season the Tigers went 31-14 and finished the season 16-6 in the Jayhawk East Division. After wrapping up the season with the Tigers, she headed west where she spent the 2015-2016 season as assistant coach for NJCAA Division I Dodge City Community College program. While a member of the Conquistador staff, the team amassed a 22-23 record for the season and went 11-13 in the Jayhawk West Conference.
"I've seen Taylor's talent and "get-it-done" attitude on and off the field, and she's exactly what we need to stand up a new program," said Ben Schears, Northwest Tech's president. "She has the ambition and recruitment skills to bring in a solid team of players to Goodland. We're excited to welcome her to the Northwest Tech family."
The program will officially kick off in August 2017, but in the meantime, Hatfield will spend a lot of time laying the foundation for the program and recruiting new student-athletes. "I have always had a passion for coaching and recruiting, and I am very honored to have the opportunity to build this program from the ground up."