Truman State University Softball Camps
Head Coach Erin Brown
For the 11 seasons that Erin Brown (290-263/.524 winning percentage) has been at the helm, Truman State University softball has become accustomed to 40-win seasons and NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. Of the program's six 40-win campaigns, two have come under Brown, and of the school's 16 NCAA DII berths, four (in a row) have come thanks to her direction.
After a start of just 6-8 for the 2017 season, Truman rattled off wins in 13 of its next 14 games before eventually making into the finals of the GLVC tournament for the first time in program history, which resulted in an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, five Bulldogs were named All-GLVC, five were featured on All-Region lists and two (Christa Reisinger and Lex Van Nostrand) were named All-Americans. As a team, 2017's edition of Truman softball was one of the best offenses this school has ever seen. The Purple and White set new school records for runs scored (356), hits (588), doubles (100), RBI (319), total bases (831), and batting average (.329), not to mention games played (63).
In 2016, Brown led the Bulldogs (30-20, 20-10 GLVC) to a third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament, which gave Truman 15 such appearances in program history. Individually, Christa Reisinger was a finalist for NFCA Freshman of the Year, her and Riley Cook picked up all-region honors and Reisinger was one of six Bulldogs to earn all-GLVC accolades. Reisinger was on the first team while the other five were Kindra Henze (first team), Kelsea Dorsey (second team), Cate Simon (third team), Lex Van Nostrand (third team), and Ashley Murphy (third team).
Brown guided the Bulldogs to their second-straight NCAA tournament appearance in 2015 en route to a 33-16 overall record. A year before, in 2014, her team won 43 games and set new program records in total runs, hits, doubles, RBI, total bases, and batting average, while also recording a program-best .970 fielding percentage defensively. Four players picked up NFCA all-region accolades, while eight – including co-Pitcher of the Year Kindra Henze – added all-GLVC honors.
Prior to the Bulldogs entering the GLVC in 2014, Brown helped guide the program to four MIAA postseason tournaments and five 20-win seasons in her first seven at the helm. She coached 17 different players to 28 total all-MIAA selections, headlined by Christen Belcher’s third-team all-American and MIAA MVP accolades in 2008. That season, Belcher broke both the school’s and the MIAA’s single-season and career stolen base record.
From 2012-14, at least one outfielder earned first-team all-conference honors, as Bridget Schade (2012) , Kelsey Bollman (2013, 2014), and Danielle Lewellen (2014) each landed on the conference’s top team.
In 2010, pitcher Richelle vanGennip broke the Truman single-season strikeout mark with 230 punchouts to help guide that year’s squad to the conference’s postseason tournament.
Pitcher and utility player Katie Noski earned first-team accolades under Brown also in 2008 after being named second team in 2007 and honorable mention in 2006. Brown has also had at least two players named to the all-conference team in each of her seasons and has had numerous players earn league academic honors.
Brown rejoined her alma mater as head coach on Aug. 17, 2006, after previously serving as the head coach and Sports Information Director at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. She took over the program in 2004 and improved the team from two wins in its previous two seasons combined into 17 throughout the next two years. She had four players named all-conference by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletics Conference, including the school’s first first-team pick in three seasons.
Prior to Westminster, Brown served as a graduate intern at the Missouri State High School Activities Association in the summer of 2004 after completing her master’s degree at the University of Central Missouri. She assisted long-time Jennies coach Rhesa Sumrell for two seasons in Warrensburg as CMSU went 69-40 during that period.
Brown transferred to Truman from Culver-Stockton College in 1999 and was a letterwinner on three NCAA regional finalist squads.
The Bulldogs went 133-34-1 over the three-year period under then-head coach Kristy Schroeder, including a school record 46 wins in the 1999 season. Brown was used mostly as a utility player and had a career high .313 batting average in 1999 and was second on the team in 2000 with 14 stolen bases in 48 games played.
Erin played high school softball at nearby South Shelby High School in Shelbina, Mo.
Brown is married to former Bulldog Basketball standout, Brian Brown, who serves as a principal in the Knox County (Mo.) School District. They have two children, Teryn and Brooks.