BANGOR, Maine — Kristie Hawkins, who spent the last five years coaching at the Colorado School of Mines, has been named Husson University’s new head softball coach.
A 2007 graduate of the University of Maine, Hawkins replaces Amanda Bourgoin, who led Husson softball to five straight North Atlantic Conference Championships and NCAA tournament appearances.
Husson won its first ever NCAA tournament game this past spring.
At the Colorado School of Mines, an NCAA Division II school in Golden, Colo., Hawkins served as an assistant softball coach from 2008-10 and took over as the head coach in fall 2010. She led the team to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season championships 2011-13, a conference tourney title in 2013, and NCAA regional tourney berths in 2011 and 2013.
Hawkins’ team set a record for most conference wins (28) and single-season wins (40) in 2013, and she was named RMAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013.
Hawkins played first base, the outfield and catcher for the UMaine softball team that competed in the NCAA tourney in 2004 and set a school record for wins (35) in a season en route to the America East regular-season title.
She is a Portland native who played softball and basketball and ran cross country at Deering High.
In addition to coaching, she will be in charge of game management she said.
The 28-year-old Hawkins said she was indebted to new athletic director Frank Pergolizzi, former interim AD Warren Caruso and the search committee for giving her this opportunity.
“Colorado is great and I enjoyed a lot of success. I built a great career but ultimately family and friends are really, really important to me. So getting back to Maine and being able to do what I love is a huge, huge positive. I’m excited to be back in the state,” said Hawkins.
She wants to find the best athletes but they must also be quality people who “really want to be at Husson.
“I want to get to know them on and off the field. I want genuinely good people who are going to work hard,” said Hawkins who also focuses on the mental aspect of the game and having her student-athletes play with a positive attitude.
She will inherit a veteran team and said she doesn’t see any reason the Eagles can’t aspire to win a regional someday.
Colorado School of MInes is strictly an engineering school so Hawkins likes the fact Husson has a diversified curriculum. She said that should help her recruiting.
She knows the importance of pitching but also stresses defense.
“I’m really into defense. We led the conference in fielding percentage for three straight years,” said Hawkins.
Husson assistant athletic director and baseball coach Jason Harvey, who chaired the search committee, said “she has experience at a very good school at the Division II level and had a lot of success there. She exceeded our expectations. We were very lucky that she was heading back this way looking for a coaching position. She has the capability of continuing what Amanda did and taking this program to the next level. ”