Katie Burkhart has become a coach.
Burkhart, a former San Luis Obispo High softball star and The Tribune’s San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year as a Tigers junior and senior in 2003 and 2004, has been hired as a pitching coach at Central Connecticut State University.
“Katie comes to us with proven success,” Blue Devils head coach Jeff Franquet said in a statement of Burkhart, whom he drafted with the No. 1 overall choice in 2008, when he was the coach of the Philadelphia Force in the National Pro Fastpitch League. “We are so fortunate to have a coach with her experience and ability. She will make a huge difference with our pitching staff this year.”
Burkhart was drafted following a stellar career at Arizona State, which she led to the College World Series title as a senior. In 2009, she was on the U.S. national team roster.
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“Our pitchers now have the ability to pick the brain of a national champion pitcher on a daily basis,” Franquet said. “Katie’s ability to help with all aspects of pitching is going to make our staff very good this year.”
Templeton volleyball team wins
The Templeton High girls volleyball team swept Pioneer Valley 25-17, 25-17, 25-16 on Tuesday night.
Jeanine Madson had a team-best 10 kills for the Eagles (2-0) in the win.