The men’s and women’s golf teams have a new head coach. Mount St. Mary’s Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson has announced the hiring of Kevin Farrell to the head coach position.
In a statement, Robinson said, “Kevin’s successful collegiate coaching experience perfectly positions him to lead our golf programs during this exciting time. Throughout Kevin’s coaching career, he has exhibited a commitment to student-athlete academic and athletic success: values that he will continue to embrace at Mount St. Mary’s. Under Kevin’s leadership, the future of our men’s and women’s golf programs is very bright.”
Farrell was the head coach of Bowling Green State University in Ohio from 2012-2017. During his time with the Falcons, he coached five All-MAC performers, one MAC Freshman of the Year and nine MAC Golfers of the Week. During the 2015-16 season, the program posted the lowest 18-hole score in history and the second-lowest 54-hole team score.
Before he took the helm at BGSU, Farrell was the assistant men’s and women’s golf coach at the Mount from 2008-2009. He was then promoted to head coach after only one year as an assistant and held that position until the Mount announced the discontinuation of their golf programs.
In other sporting news, softball head coach, Anna Nagro, has announced the return of Mount alumna and 2017 NEC Player of the year, Rachel Heinze, to the position of assistant coach.
In a statement, Nagro said, “Rachel Heinze is a prime example of what Mount Softball is all about and we are very lucky to add her to our staff. Her journey as a student-athlete embodied the core values that we built this program on and our players are so excited to learn from one of the best. Rachel is an unbelievable hitter and her ability to pass the knowledge of hitting along to our players will be an advantage for them.”
Heinze is a graduate from the class of 2017 and was a four-year member of the softball team. She became the first Mount athlete to earn the NEC Player honors and during her stint as a utility player, she earned her spot at the top of the Mount’s all-time leader list in home runs (43), runs scored (128), RBI (121) and total bases (327). She also sits second in slugging percentage (.690) and doubles (35), third in hits (157), sixth in batting average (.331) and sixth in stolen bases (32). In her last season at the Mount, Heinze set the bar high for future players by hitting a single-season school record, 19 home runs. In addition, she set two more school records with 56 runs scored and 129 total bases.
“Since she is so well respected by her peers I look forward to her helping our hitters gain confidence through her positive personality. The fact that she is one of the best players to have ever played here is just one piece to what Rachel means to this program,” Nagro added.
In addition to earning NEC Player of the Year honors, Heinze was named First Team All-NEC at the catcher position, Third Team All-Region honors at catcher from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Second Team All-ECAC honors for the second consecutive season. Heinze is also the first Mount player to earn First Team All-NEC honors in consecutive seasons. Last year, she was named First Team All-NEC at the utility position while also collecting the league’s Most Improved Player award. She joins Liz Christiansen (C’13) as the only Mount players to earn First Team All-League honors twice in their career.