The Hanover College Athletic Department announced Cori (Eckerle) Collinsworth as the new head coach of the softball program prior to the start of the 2017-18 academic year.
In her first year at the helm, Collinsworth guided the Panthers to a 19-17 overall record and a 7-9 conference mark. The Panthers' record in 2018 made Collinsworth the first coach in program history that produced an overall winning percentage above .500 in their first season. Collinsworth also guided Dabney Skutt to National Fastpicth Coaches Associationa all-region honors, an award a Hanover softball player had not received since 2002.
Collinsworth comes to Hanover after spending the last seven seasons, both as a player and a coach at the University of Indianapolis, where the team appeared in the NCAA Division II National Tournament Regional, Super Regional and World Series rounds.
Collinsworth will look to build upon the recent success of the Hanover softball program, which has won at least 18 games in each of the past four seasons. The Panthers finished 18-14 overall this past spring and logged their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 2016 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
“I am honored and excited to continue the previous success of the Hanover softball program and take it to the next level,” stated Collinsworth. “I am very thankful to Melissa Frost, Sara Kubuske, Dr. Willey and the University of Indianapolis for their support and guidance in the previous years.”
Collinsworth spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant for the UIndy softball program, which accumulated a 132-41 overall record during the span. The Greyhounds appeared in the NCAA National Tournament in all three seasons with Collinsworth on the staff, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2015. Collinsworth and her fellow UIndy coaches added 2015 NFC Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year to their resumes.
Prior to her coaching stint with the Greyhounds, Collinsworth was a four-year starter for the squad as a catcher and infielder, with the team accumulating a 184-44-1 overall mark. She was voted to the all-Great Lakes Valley Conference teams on three occasions, while also earning 2011 GLVC Freshman of the Year honors. Collinsworth's freshman campaign also garnered her NFCA Academic All-American and second team Midwest region awards.
“I want to thank Hanover College, Lynn Hall and the administration for this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the Panther softball team members, their families and alumni.”
Collinsworth is currently finishing her Masters of Business Administration program at UIndy with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She resides in Northern Kentucky with her spouse, Alesa Collinsworth.