LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps announced the hiring of Brooke Kalman as head coach of the softball program. Kalman, who will officially begin her role on Aug. 14, becomes the 10th coach in the program's history.
"It is a great pleasure to welcome Coach Kalman back to the Centennial Conference (CC), where she was both a successful student-athlete and assistant coach," said Epps. "I am confident that her head coaching experience at Ripon makes her an ideal choice to lead the Diplomat softball program into the future."
Kalman spent the 2017 season as head softball coach at Ripon College in Wisconsin. In the first season, she led the Red Hawks to the program's highest win total in the last five years while keeping Ripon in conference playoff contention until the final week of the regular season.
No stranger to the CC, Kalman spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as an assistant coach at Ursinus where she was responsible for scheduling, practice planning, creating workouts, game day management, recruiting, and fundraising for the program. A native of Edgemont, Pa., Kalman was also a student-athlete in the Centennial as a four-year letter winner at Gettysburg where she served as the softball team's co-captain in each of her last two years.
A Second Team All-Conference selection as a catcher following her senior campaign, Kalman was also named to the 2014 All-CC Sportsmanship Team, while also earning Academic All-Conference honors in 2013. She ranks fourth in Gettysburg history for runners caught stealing, and ranks 12th in program history for career fielding percentage (.977).
"I could not be happier to be named the head softball coach at Franklin and Marshall, and I look forward to continuing to build upon the success that has been established by this great program," said Kalman. "To have the opportunity to not only be back in the Centennial, which has always been a goal of mine, but to be at an institution as prestigious as F&M is a dream come true."
After graduating from Gettysburg in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Kalman received her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Villanova in 2016. While at Villanova, she was the recipient of the Beverly B. Kahn Memorial Scholarship, given to the person who demonstrates a passion for assisting with the growth of underprivileged students.
Kalman takes over the Diplomats' program following the resignation of 10-year head coach Mike Cooperstein, who retired from collegiate coaching. Cooperstein became the program's all-time wins leader in 2016, producing a 172-176-2 overall record at F&M while guiding the Diplomats to their first-ever CC Championship in 2017.