Two-Time All-American Joins Coaching Staff
Katie Schroeder, a two-time All-American and 2012 graduate of UCLA, has joined the LMU softball coaching staff, Head Coach Gary Ferrin announced Monday.
Feb. 4, 2013
Schroeder is the second new coaching addition to the Lion staff for 2013, joining Cal State Fullerton alum Gina Oaks.
"Katie brings a winning attitude and a different level of athletic toughness," said Ferrin. "She has done (at UCLA) what we want to do here and she is proving already to be an outstanding teacher of the game."
Schroeder was a four-year starting outfielder for the perennial power Bruins. A Pac-10 honorable mention and All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection her rookie year, she had a breakout sophomore season in 2009, leading the Bruins in batting average (.402), home runs (14), runs scored (55), slugging (.684), on base percentage (.516), total bases (119), walks (33) and stolen bases (19) on her way to earning first team All-American and All-West Region honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, as well as being named to the first team All-Pac-10.
She received a medical redshirt in 2010 after being sidelined by a leg injury seven games into the season. Schroeder bounced back as a redshirt junior in 2011, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention team, leading the Bruins in runs scored (44), tying for second in doubles (12) and tying for fourth in batting average (.324). In 2012, she hit a career-best .407 along with team highs in runs scored (59), doubles (14), on-base percentage (.514) and stolen bases (17). She earned first team All-West Region and second team All-American honors.
The Bruins advanced into the NCAA Tournament all five seasons Schroeder was a member of the squad, including clinching the program's 11th NCAA Championship and 12 National Title in 2010.
The Yorba Linda, Calif., native helped the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team to gold at the 2007 ISF Junior Women's World Championships and was a member of the U.S. Team that won gold at the 2009 Pan American Games Qualifier, but did not play due to a leg injury.
Schroeder was drafted sixth overall by the Chicago Bandits in the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch draft, but opted not to play, instead spending the summer working in strength and conditioning for Athletes' Performance.
The 2013 softball season gets underway on Feb. 7-9 when the Lions head to St. George, Utah to take part in the Red Desert Classic. The Lions 19-game home slate begins March 12 with a doubleheader against Bethune Cookman.