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All about the Eastern Michigan Softball Program under Coach Gentile
In the 4 years that Coach Gentile has taken over the program, the Eagles have seen a tremendous jump in the majority of on-field categories. In 2015, the Eagles saw one of the best offensive years in program history. In 2016, the Eagles improved their conference ranking by four spots and put three athletes on All-Conference teams, including Michelle Kriegshauser who received All-Region honors. EMU Softball has seen significant improvement in all areas of the game and look to compete for a Conference Championship in 2018!
Under Coach Gentile EMU Softball has set program records in home runs, RBI, number of MAC Scholar Athletes, and home game attendance. Her teams have also finished in the all time record books in the following categories: 3rd All Time in hits and walks, 4th All Time in RBI and stolen bases, 5th All Time in runs scored, 7th All Time in fielding percentage, 9th All Time in doubles and tied for 9th for the fewest strikeouts in a season.
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The 2017 season marks the fourth year for Kimberly Burke as an assistant coach with the EMU softball team, where she works primarily with the outfielders as well as with the Eagles on their baserunning.
Prior to coming to Eastern, Burke spent three years as the head coach at Ohio Northern University and served as an assistant coach at both Kent State University and the University of Massachusetts.
While at Ohio Northern, Burke coached the Polar Bears to a 71-43 overall record with one NCAA Division III National Championship appearance. During Burke’s tenure, the Polar Bears notched two Ohio Athletic Conference regular season titles, two NCAA Division III regional appearances and one regional title.
Burke was part of the NFCA Division III Central Regional Coaching Staff of the Year after leading Ohio Northern to a 31-14 overall record and 14-3 record in conference play in the 2012 season. In her three seasons at the helm with the Polar Bears, Burke coached 14 All-Ohio Athletic Conference selections, six OAC All-Tournament team honorees, one OAC Player of the Year, one OAC Rookie of the Year, ten NCAA All-Central Region selections, seven NCAA Central Regional All-Tournament team members, one All-Central Region Tournament MVP and one NFCA All-American.
Before her three years at Ohio Northern, Burke served as an assistant coach at Kent State University for four seasons. While at Kent State, the Golden Flashes recorded 46 wins in the 2008 season to write their names in the record books for most wins in a single season, along with making a NCAA Regional appearance. Burke helped lead the team to two 30+ win seasons, one Mid-American Conference regular season championship and one MAC Tournament Championship in 2008. KSU saw 11 All-MAC team honorees and five all-region selections along with one Academic All-American selection in Burke’s time with the program.
Burke also spent two years as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan University and three years as an assistant coach at UMass. While at UMass the team made two NCAA Regional appearances and set the single season win record with 53 in the 2002 season. In her final year with the Minutemen, Burke garnered Northeast Regional Coaching Staff of the Year accolades while helping the team to an Atlantic 10 season and tournament championship.
Prior to her coaching years, Burke was a member of the Central Michigan softball team from 1998-2001 where she was named second team all-region and also earned First Team All-MAC honors. In her senior campaign, Burke was named to the MAC All-Tournament team. The former infielder tied for fourth all-time at CMU with 36 career doubles and helped the Chippewas to two first-place finishes in the West Division of the MAC during her four-year career.
The Mt. Pleasant, Mich. native attended Mt. Pleasant High School where she was a three sport athlete, participating in basketball, volleyball and softball. She was a three-time all-regional honoree and was named honorable mention all-state as a junior. Burke closed out her senior campaign garnering all-state honors.
Burke earned her bachelor’s degree in sports studies from Central Michigan in 2001.