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Ali Brems | Assistant Coach

Brems finished her first season as an assistant on head coach, Erin Brown's, staff in 2018. Aside from her main duty as the program's pitching coach, Brems also coached the outfielders and was in charge of recruiting. For her first campaign in Kirksville, Brems' pitchers finished with a combined ERA of 2.80, which was good for fourth in the GLVC behind National Champion, Southern Indiana (2.63), as well as fellow Midwest Regional participants, McKendree (2.70) and Illinois Springfield (2.78).

Brems was hired on August 8, 2017 after spending six years at Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) foe, Lewis, which included five as a player (one redshirt season) followed by another as a graduate assistant.

The 2017 season saw the Flyers finish one game above .500 at 26-25, which included a GLVC mark of 14-16. As a graduate assistant, her responsibilities included instruction of pitchers and outfielders, assistance with recruiting and video analysis for film sessions. Prior to that, Brems spent her collegiate career in Romeoville, Ill. as a student-athlete from 2012-16.
On the diamond, Brems was a dual threat as she did damage in both the box and the circle. The right-handed hurler made 87 career appearances as a pitcher including 59 as a starter and finished with a 3.43 ERA in 420 and two-thirds innings pitched to go with a win-loss record of 35-30. During those four seasons of work, Brems struck out 328 batters, walked just 168 of them and enjoyed sub-three ERA campaigns in both 2012 as a freshman (2.95 ERA in 142.1 IP) and 2014 as a junior (2.91 ERA in 55.1 IP). She was named Second-Team All-GLVC East Division as a pitcher in 2013 after she turned in an ERA of 3.28 in 140.2 innings pitched.
At the plate, Brems finished with a career batting average of .304 (109-for-358), including .342 as a rookie, with a total of 35 runs scored, 15 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 60 RBI, 18 walks, nine hit-by-pitches, a .405 slugging percentage, an on-base percentage of .352, and only 29 strikeouts in those 358 at-bats. In fact, Brems never finished with more than nine strikeouts in a single season. Following the 2014 campaign, the left-handed hitter was named Second-Team All-GLVC as a utility player.
Brems was also a volunteer assistant coach for the Kenosha Cyclones (2011-16) and accumulated over 300 hours of time per year in that role. In that time, she helped to develop fundamentals while specializing in pitching, slapping and defense. Brems has coached three age levels including 12U, 14U and 16U.

Brems is a graduate of the 2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academy class No. 46 that was held in Denver, Colo. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, hosted in partnership between WeCOACH and the NCAA, is a four-day educational training available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels, and is designed for women coaches who are ready to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success.