TACOMA, Wash. – Puget Sound Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of Kellyn Tate as its next head softball coach. Tate brings 14 years of coaching experience to Puget Sound with the last three years coming at Portland State University.
"I am thoroughly excited to have this opportunity to serve as Puget Sound's head coach," said Tate. "The minute I walked onto campus, I could tell that excellence is important in every aspect. That is what I'm hoping to bring to the softball program within the highly competitive Northwest Conference."
Tate comes to Puget Sound with a wealth of experience and a track record for success. Her 14 years of coaching experience include stops at Portland State, Miami (Ohio), Texas Tech and Penn State. As an assistant coach, Tate has helped lead five of her teams to the NCAA Tournament and mentored several All-Region and All-America players.
"Kellyn will infuse a great amount of positive energy to our program," said Director of Athletics Amy Hackett. "She is a highly motivated and driven individual, which is evident by her playing and coaching success."
Most recently, Tate has helped the Portland State Vikings to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. She has served as the recruiting coordinator for the Vikings over the past three years in addition to working primarily with the outfielders and hitters.
While at Miami (Ohio), Tate also worked with the hitters and outfielders while helping the team to and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. In 2000, she also helped the Nittany Lions of Penn State to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
"Puget Sound is getting a fantastic coach! Kellyn has enthusiasm for the game and dedication to the student-athlete experience that can be matched by few," said current Ohio State and former Miami (Ohio) head softball coach Kelly Kovach Shoenly. "She is dynamic, knowledgeable, and competitive. This is a great selection for Puget Sound!"
Tate's record of success reaches back to her days as a player at the University of Michigan. As a player, she led Michigan to four appearances in the Women's College World Series (1995-98) and three Big Ten Championships (1995-96, 98). She was a three-time All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten selection.
After completing her bachelor's degree at Michigan, Tate went on to play professionally from 1998 to 2004 in the Women's Professional Softball League. She played for the Orlando, Wahoos, Akron Racers and the WPF Sacramento Sunbirds.
Tate completed her Master's of Higher Education at Texas Tech where she coached from 2003-06.
She will officially start as the Loggers' Head Coach on August 1. Last year, the Loggers finished the season with a 3-31 overall record and seventh in the Northwest Conference.