Prairie Fire hire Strinz to coach softball team

Thursday, April 12, 2007

GALESBURG - Jami Strinz has been named head softball coach at Knox College. She will replace Kathy Wagoner, who is retiring from coaching at the end of the 2007 softball season.

Strinz, currently the softball coach at Beloit College, was also named as the Senior Woman Administrator and assistant volleyball coach at Knox. She will begin her duties July 1.

Strinz has spent the past two years at Beloit College, serving as the head softball coach in 2006 and 2007 and the head volleyball coach in 2006. She led the Buccaneer softball team to a 16-18 record last year and is 5-6 in the early going this spring. In her only season as the head volleyball coach, Strinz guided Beloit to a 21-9 record, a Midwest Conference championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

An Oregon native, Strinz earned her degree in English from Bradley University in 2001. While playing softball for the Braves, she saw time as a pitcher, first baseman, third baseman and designated hitter. After her graduation, she began her coaching duties at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore. She also served as a player and coach for several amateur softball teams in Oregon. She was a player and coach for the Ireland National Softball Team from 2002-2004, and was an assistant softball coach at Texarkana Junior College (2004) and at George Fox University in Oregon (2004-05).

Strinz played overseas with the Langhirano team in the Italian Professional Softball League as a pitcher and third baseman in 2004-05. She also served as an assistant coach, where she worked with about 100 girls and women between the ages of 8-35.

Strinz comes from a coaching family. Her father was a fastpitch softball coach for more than 35 years, and was one of the original founders of high school softball in Oregon. Her mother coached both volleyball and softball.

Her younger sister is the head softball coach at Dakota Wesleyan University and had a successful playing career.

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