SALINA — KCAC member Kansas Wesleyan has a new head softball coach.
Hailey Torrez, who had been the assistant to veteran coach Daryl Hoelting, was named as his replacement on Tuesday. Hoelting recently announced his resignation after building a top-notch program.
Torrez joined the Coyote staff in January after a five-month tour playing professionally in Therwil, Switzerland. This past season, she was in charge of catchers, hitting and recruiting.
"Hailey is a rising star in the coaching profession," KW Athletic Director Mike Hermann said in a press release. "As an assistant, she quickly built a connection with our student-athletes. She has a great vision for the softball program and I'm confident she'll provide a great experience for the student-athletes and continue to keep our program at the top of the KCAC."
"I couldn't be more fortunate to step into such an outstanding program," Torrez said. "KWU has been very successful over the years and I am excited to carry the tradition of a winning program. Being a part of the KWU softball team last season gives me great confidence that this team will continue to do great things not only this season but in the future."
"Hailey made an immediate positive impact on our program," Hoelting said. "The students really respect her. I expect that she'll do a great job here."
Torrez was a two-year starter at Boise State University, hitting .273 her senior year with 23 RBIs. She also played some third base. She was a .331 hitter with 27 RBIs as a junior.
Torrez played her first two years at Central Arizona College.
KW was 36-18 last season and the school has won at least 35 games in the past five years.