One of the most decorated softball players in John Carroll University history has returned to her alma mater.
After spending four years as JCU’s starting catcher, Mackenzie Griffin is back in University Heights as an assistant coach under new head softball coach Nicole Loudin.
“I am very excited to have Kenzie back as a coach to help mentor her former teammates,” Loudin said. “Her knowledge of the program’s history and ability to relate to the current team makes her an invaluable piece to the transition process for myself.”
Griffin, the only JCU athlete to be named a Capital One All-American of the Year (2013), will primarily work with pitchers and catchers. The Lake Oswego, Oregon native holds a number of school records such as most games played (165), most base hits (199) and most runs scored (126).
“Her passion for the program and knowledge of softball made it easy to see she would be a great asset to the program,” Loudin said.
Many members of the squad are psyched to have a beloved former teammate as a coach. Junior pitcher Rachel Byrnes (19-6, 2.10 ERA in 2013) is especially excited to have Griffin back.
“She had lots of success as a player the past four years at Carroll, so I am looking forward to see how she excels as a coach as well,” Byrnes said. “Personally, I am excited to have an assistant coach who has caught for me and knows me very well as a pitcher.”
Griffin’s most successful season was her senior campaign in 2013, as she hit .548 (a school-record) en route to the team’s second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regionals.
“Now that I have gotten to have some conversations with her, it is great to see that she is also just as accomplished a person as a player,” Loudin said. “I’m really excited to be able to have her continue to be a positive influence on this program and help us to reach our goals for this season.”