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  • Pittsburg State names Elizabeth Economon as new head softball coach

  • Pittsburg State University Athletics Director Jim Johnson announced the hiring of Elizabeth Economon as the 10th head coach of the Gorilla softball program.

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  • Pittsburg State University Athletics Director Jim Johnson announced the hiring of Elizabeth Economon as the 10th head coach of the Gorilla softball program.
    "We are excited to have Elizabeth join the Pitt State family," Johnson said.  "She is a talented young coach and the person we feel is the right fit to lead the Gorilla softball program into the 2012 season and beyond. Elizabeth has a diverse coaching background, coaching at the high school, Division II and Division I levels; and she has good knowledge of the MIAA through her experiences both as a student-athlete and as a coach."
    Economon is no stranger to the MIAA, as she played for Truman State from 2001 to 2004, where she earned All-America honors at shortstop three seasons and was named the league's most valuable player in 2002 and 2003. She still holds Truman records in runs scored, home runs, total bases, runs batted in, walks, batting average and slugging percentage.
    Following her career as a player, she began her coaching career as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs for two seasons. In her six seasons as a player and a coach at Truman, the Bulldogs made five trips to the NCAA Tournament. Truman took the 2003 and 2004 MIAA regular season titles and won the MIAA Tournament in 2003.
    Economon went to New Mexico in 2006 and served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Lobos under Ty Singleton. In her position she served as the camp coordinator and primarily assisted in coaching the defense on the field.
    Following her time as a volunteer assistant, Economon took on head coaching duties at V. Sue Cleveland High School, a 5A school with over 1,500 students in Rio Rancho, N.M. In addition to her duties as head coach and physical education teacher, Economon established the Chaos Softball Organization, a club team out of Rio Rancho.
    A native of St. Louis, Economon got a chance to return to the Midwest last fall when she was hired as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo. In her last position, Economon, specialized in hitting and defensive instruction on the field and was primarily responsible for practice planning, monitoring student-athletes academic progress and coordinating the Redhawks camps. She also taught classes in the exercise science department.
    "I am really excited for the opportunity to be the head softball coach at Pittsburg State," Economon said. "It is a big move for me professionally and I want to thank President Scott and Jim Johnson for giving me the chance to strengthen this program. I am excited to get back in the MIAA, especially to a program that has as much potential as Pittsburg State. I am ready to get to Pittsburg and get started, I know from my interview that the support from the athletic staff, the university and the community is strong and I am eager to be a part of that."

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