(Minneapolis, MN) — New University of Minnesota assistant softball coach Katie Richardson says she is excited to be returning to where she was an all-American third baseball for the Golden Gophers. New head coach Piper Ritter completed her coaching staff with the announcement of the Richardson hiring this week. Richardson says she feels like she was a big part of the resurgence of the program, helping them to regular trips to the N-C-A-A tournament as a player from 2012-2015. She says she will use that passion for the program and her background as a top player to keep instilling a toughness and winning attitude in players, and selling that to prospective recruits. The Golden Gophers advanced to the College Softball World Series for the first time ever last year and Richardson says they want to build on that in the coming years. Richardson says she will likely focus her coaching duties on hitting and infield defense, as well as recruiting. She most recently worked in athletic administration at Ball State, but has coaching experience at Arizona State. Richardson plans to arrive in Minneapolis today and get right to work.
New Golden Gopher softball assistant coach Katie Richardson spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: