Riverland Community College 2018 Softball Preview

Riverland Community College 2018 Softball Preview
Head Coach, Year(s) at School, Overall Record at School 

Jason Heller, Entering 2nd season,  4-26 record in 2017

Additional Coaching & Support Staff
Allison Sharp,  Assistant Coach
Top returning players:

Kayla Crowell- C, Hancock MN;  Brandi Myers, ss-3b, Austin MN

(Brandi Myers, photo courtesy of Austin Daily Herald)

Top incoming/new players:
McKayla Swenson, SS-P, Austin MN; Aubree Latrell, 2b, Farmington MN
Coach Heller on Blue Devil Pitching in 2018: 
"Pitching this year will be done by all freshman. They will be exciting to watch the next couple years." 
Coach Heller on Blue Devil hitting and offense for 2018 season:

"Our 2 returning players both hit over .400 last year and we look for that to inspire the freshman." 

Coach Heller on the 2018 Blue Devil squad: 

"We are looking to improve on last years record."

About Softball in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference:

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference boasts a strong tradition in fastpitch softball; multiple decades of intercollegiate NJCAA competition has allowed student-athletes in the MCAC to pursue careers at four-year college programs and compete for National Championships. 

Currently, MCAC Softball teams compete in a two-division alignment.  Northern Division teams include Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, Central Lakes College,  Northland Community & Technical College and Vermilion Community College.  The Southern Division is home to St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Ridgewater College, M State Fergus Falls, Anoka-Ramsey CC, Minnesota West CTC, Riverland Community College and Rochester Community & Technical College. 

At the conclusion of the 2018 spring season, MCAC Division Champions and Divisional runner-up, as well as third and fourth-place finishing teams, will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III Region XIIIA and B Tournaments.  The Region XIII A & B Tournaments will be hosted by the regular season champion.   Winners of the 2018 NJCAA Region XIII A & B tournaments will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III National Tournament, held in Rochester, Minnesota on May 17-19. 

Softball in the MCAC features athletes from over Minnesota and many surrounding states.  Our campus environments include the opportunity to attend college and compete in a variety of Minnesota State System colleges, from the urban hubs of the Twin Cities, Rochester, and St. Cloud, and the picturesque college towns ranging from Thief River Falls to Ely, Worthington to Brainerd.  Learn more at: http://www.minnstate.edu/

More on Riverland Community College:

Riverland is inspiring personal success through education. Campuses in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna make it convenient to earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree or complete one of more than 50 career program options in accounting, agricultural and food sciences, business, business and office technology, construction, computer technology, health, management, manufacturing, public safety and service, transportation and several bachelor degree partnerships.

Gopher Sport, based in Owatonna, is an industry leader in Physical Education, sports and fitness equipment.  Gopher Sport is dedicated to providing programs and departments with the products to improve fitness, develop skills, create fun and reach a high standard of learning and living. Gopher Sport has diligently served teachers, coaches and athletic directors around the world for over 65 years. 


About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system.  The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions.  The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.

For more information, visit www.mcacsports.org