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Coffer hired as softball coach at Columbus North
July 23, 2014Columbus North High School
Robyn Coffer has been hired as Columbus North varsity softball coach for the 2015 season, Bull Dogs athletic director Jeff Hester announced Tuesday (July 22).
Already on staff at Columbus North as a certified athletic trainer, Coffer will take the lead role in a softball program that posted a 17-11 record in 2014 and finished as runner-up in Conference Indiana and runner-up in Class 4A Sectional 14.
Coffer will continue in her job as a certified athletic trainer that serves all sports at CNHS.
"I can barely wait to get started," said Coffer, 26, a former softball player at Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis and Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion. "The excitement of working with the girls every day, day in and day out, is going to be incredible."
In high school, Coffer was a three-time Indianapolis All-City selection as a pitcher while competing for Heritage Christian from 2003-06.
In college, from 2007-10, Coffer was a pitcher, center fielder, shortstop and second baseman at different times for Indiana Wesleyan. She was selected all-conference and academic all-conference in the Mid-Central Conference while a player for the Wildcats.
That versatility will allow Coffer to instruct players all across the diamond.
"I feel like I have a lot to offer," she said. "Knowing the perspective from the outfield, the middle infield or as a pitcher, everything has to work together to get the outs. Then everything else can come together."
Columbus North athletic director Jeff Hester expressed confidence in Coffer.
"I've known Robyn for more than 10 years, and she will be a transformational coach," Hester said. "She has a good grasp of the culture at Columbus North, and I'm excited to see a new chapter for our softball program."
Coffer has worked as a personal pitching coach in the past and also served a summer assistant coach in the Heritage Christian program while she was in college. She is enthused about what lies ahead for the Columbus North program, which expects to return nine letterwinners and six starters to the 2015 squad.
Rising senior Kelsay Lucas and rising juniors Tommi Stowers, Christine Bombardiere and Katie Prall headline the holdovers for the Bull Dogs. Lucas hit .364 with a team-high 30 RBIs last season. Stowers hit .418, Bombardiere hit .375 and Prall hit .357.
"There is so much potential," Coffer said. "There are some great players coming back, several with qualities they can put forth toward the new team. I am ready to roll with it."
Coffer succeeds Jerry Burton as the skipper of CN softball. Burton retired from coaching at the end of the 2014 season. His teams won 369 over 23 seasons at Columbus East, Jennings County and Columbus North. Over the past five seasons, Burton guided the Bull Dogs to an 88-53 mark, including two sectional titles and one regional crown.