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App State Softball Rounds Out Coaching Staff

App State softball coach Shelly Hoerner has announced the addition of Courtney Campbell and Nicole Bowman to the staff for the upcoming season. Campbell enters the program to serve as the director of operations while Bowman joins the staff as a volunteer coach.

Courtney Campbell | Bonney Lake, Wash. | UT Tyler
Campbell comes to the High Country from Southern Methodist University where she served as an event operations assistant. She played college softball, splitting time between Weatherford Community College and UT Tyler. The former Patriot appeared in 12 games, tallying a .308 batting average to accompany four hits and a pair of runs batted in. During her time at UT Tyler, she also served as a game day operations assistant. She also spent time working for The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Campbell’s experience in operations has profited her the experiences of working with many different coaches and student-athletes in a wide array of capacities.

Nicole Bowman | Downers Grove, Ill. / UNC Charlotte
Bowman joins the staff as a volunteer coach following a collegiate career at UNC Charlotte and Rutgers University. She finished her playing career at nearby UNC Charlotte, starting in 47 games during her senior season. The former 49er recorded a .321 batting average, picking up 42 hits and 28 runs scored. She also registered 20 RBIs with five home runs en route to Second-Team Conference USA honors. Bowman was with the Scarlet Knights for the first three years of her playing career as she started 140 of the 145 games she appeared in. The Illinois native tallied 111 hits to go along with 79 RBIs and 52 runs scored. She is a graduate of Downers Grove South High School where she helped lead the Mustangs to four consecutive West Suburban Gold Conference championships, also garnering all-state honors.

Hoerner hopes that the addition of these two positions will help enhance App State’s softball program. “We are excited for Courtney and Nicole to join our App State family,” she said.

“Courtney will not only bring a softball background, but an organizational background as well. Her experience of working with multiple coaches and student-athletes made her the ideal candidate for us. As our director of operations, Courtney will be handling a lot of the behind-the-scenes work which will allow our coaching staff to focus more on player development. We are grateful that Doug Gillin has invested in this position for our program,” she added.

“Nicole brings a wealth of softball experience with her stemming from her family roots. From her playing days to travel ball coaching and college coaching, we are thrilled she chose us to continue her coaching journey. Nicole will assist in all areas of the program on and off the field with her main focus being outfield. Her enthusiasm for life and love for the game will fit right in here on the mountain,” Hoerner said.

“We look forward to these two making an immediate impact on our program.”

With Hoerner finalizing her staff for the 2023 season, App State looks to build on its recent success. The Mountaineers are fresh off their fourth consecutive winning season, a year that featured a Sun Belt series win at Texas State and a series-opening victory over national powerhouse Louisiana.