Ashley Spencer became only the second softball coach in McPherson College history on Tuesday.
The school announced that she will be replacing Mike McCormick, who had led the program since its inception before stepping down after this past season.
“Ashley has a tremendous softball background and will serve as a wonderful mentor to our young ladies,” McPherson College Athletic Director Doug Quint said. “She has known nothing but success on the field and in the classroom. I look forward to watching her transform this program to emulate her experiences.”
Spencer has been an assistant coach at Tabor for the past two years. The Bluejays have produced some outstanding players during her time, including two All-KCAC pitchers and an All-KCAC catcher. The Bluejays were second in the KCAC Tournament this year, their best-ever finish.
Spencer sounds determined to send the Bulldog program on an uptick.
“I may be young, but I definitely have qualifications to build a program up that has potential behind it,” Spencer said. “I’m a competitor, I want to win, but I want to bring out the best in my players. My knowledge, passion and intensity for the game of softball and academics will be shared with all of my future student-athletes.”
Spencer played collegiate softball for the University of Kansas, where she was a pitcher for her junior and senior seasons. She appeared in 22 games, throwing 43 2/3 innings and striking out 18 batters.
Before attending KU, she was a two-time NJCAA All-American at national powerhouse Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City and the Tigers were fifth nationally her freshman year.
Spencer was named the Jayhawk East Conference MVP, posting a 24-1 record with a 1.20 earned run average.
Spencer is a graduate of Southeast High School and still has family in Weir, Kansas.