HAWLEY ILL | ASSISTANT COACH
The Ursuline College softball program announced the addition of Hawley Ill to the coaching staff for the 2019-20 school year.
Ill comes to Ursuline after previously working as the head coach at Wake Technical College in Raleigh, North Carolina for one season in 2017. She spent last as an assistant coach at the College of Central Florida under head coach Kevin Fagan where they went 58-11 including a 23-1 record in conference play and finished third in the country.
The Patriots went on to win the first-ever FSCAA (Florida State College Athletic Association) State Championship in program history.
The Patriots had eight All-Conference players including the MFC Pitcher of the Year. Central Florida had the MFC home run leader, MVP of the FSCAA state tournament and three all-state players last season.
Ill was a standout as a player at the College of Central Florida (JUCO) as well as The University of Pikeville and St. Andrews University at the NAIA level.
As a player for the Patriots, she was a freshman All-Conference selection at second base and pitcher. She was named All-Conference as a sophomore after leading the team in runs scored and on base percentage.
At NAIA St. Andrews University, she was an All-Conference pitcher and led the AAC (Appalachian Athletic Conference) in strikeouts.
Ill attended Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida where she was a four-year starter and a four-time All-Conference selection. As a freshman, she was named Offensive Player of the Year and picked up Pitcher of the Year honors during her sophomore season.
Ill has spent time after graduation helping with the Lyman High School pitchers and catchers and coached with the Hatters Gold travel softball organization.
“Hawley is an intense competitor and has played and coached with some of the best players at the JUCO level,” said Coach Sue Woodford. “She has been coached and mentored by Head Coach Kevin Fagan whose team finished third in the nation this past season. Hawley will bring an added dimension to our team and we are very excited about working with her on the field,” added Woodford.
Ursuline finished the 2018 season with an 18-30 overall record and 13-13 in the Great Midwest including winning four of the last five games of the season to narrowly miss a tournament spot in the final week of the season.
KAT BURBRINK | ASSISTANT COACH
The Ursuline College softball program announced the addition of Kathleen Burbrink as an assistant coach for the 2020 season.
She joins Hawley Ill who joined head coach Sue Woodford’s staff earlier this summer.
Burbrink is no stranger to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference after she completed her playing career at Trevecca Nazarene in 2018. After she was done playing, Burbrink joined the Trojans coaching staff last season.
In her career, she played in 205 games at TNU while starting 194 in the outfield. She finished her career with a .985 fielding percentage while committing just three errors. At the plate, she batted .317 in her career.
She was a First Team All-Conference selection in 2015-16 and a Second Team selection in 2018-19. The Trojans won the G-MAC in 2015 and 2016 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament with an at-large selection.
Last season, after joinining the coaching staff, the Trojans batted .356 as a team which was a new G-MAC record. TNU led the conference in hits, doubles, RBI, and home runs.
Burbrink played high school softball at Lakota West High School where the team qualified for the State Final Four during her freshman season.