Aug 23, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head softball coach Steve Johnson announced Friday the rounding out of his coaching staff with the additions of Michelle Schroeder and Sarah Sigrest.
"I am extremely excited about bringing Michelle and Sarah on board. Both played and achieved at a high level in college so they know what it takes to win. As coaches, they also have great knowledge of the game and their specialty areas," Johnson said. "In addition, they both bring a level of enthusiasm and excitement to the Utah State program, that will be instrumental in building a winner."
Schroeder joins the Aggie staff after working for the Softball Performance Workshop in Placentia, Calif. She was a private softball instructor, working with kids from ages 8-18 years old. Schroeder also brings a wealth of experience to the Aggies outside of the softball world, working for companies such as Gablit and lululemon athletica.
"I've had the opportunity to work with Michelle in the past so we're both familiar with what and how each other teach and coach, which is important as we will both be working with our hitters. She has a great passion for the game and especially some of the finer points that often get overlooked. I'm looking forward to seeing her develop our slappers and base running into a potent part of our offense," Johnson said.
Schroeder was a three-year letterwinner at Stanford, graduating in 2011 with a degree in human biology with an emphasis in adolescent development. She played for the Western Australia Women's Open softball team in 2010 and 2011, while also playing for the Western Australia Women's Open baseball team in 2012.
The Yorba Linda, Calif., native graduated from Esperanza High School in 2006, where she was an all-California Interscholastic Federation selection her senior season.
Sigrest (Cy-grest) comes to Utah State after one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas Tech. She will take the reigns as the Aggies' pitching coach. With the Red Raiders, she worked primarily with the pitchers and the outfielders.
"Sarah came highly recommended to me and the first time I talked to her she impressed me with her knowledge of pitching and catching as well as her approach to teaching. Pitching is such an important part of our game and I am confident that Sarah will develop a strong staff and battery to lead us into the Mountain West," Johnson said.
The Red Raiders were a solid 30-26 last season, ending the year with a 3.31 team ERA. Texas Tech has now won at least 30 games for four-straight seasons.
Sigrest graduated with a degree in exercise science from Jacksonville University in 2012 and was a four-year starter for the Dolphins. During her playing career at JU, she was named the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and was first-team all-conference. Sigrest also finished her career with the most wins in school history.
In 2011, she finished the season with a stellar 27-7 record, leading the Dolphins to their first-ever NCAA Regional appearance. Her 1.10 ERA was a Jacksonville single-season record, as well as ranking eighth in the NCAA that season.
Sigrest, a native of Daphne, Ala., and a graduate of Daphne High School is, still the Alabama High School Athletic Association single-season leader in shutouts with 33.
Johnson became the ninth softball coach in Utah State history and will be the first to coach in the Mountain West as the Aggies joined the conference on July 1. Johnson came to Utah State after five years at Auburn as an assistant coach. In 2013, he helped the Tigers to a 30-23 record in the always-tough Southeastern Conference.
The 2014 edition of the Aggies will begin on the road at the St. George Tournament on Feb. 7-8. Utah State's first Mountain West contest will be at home on March 21 against Colorado State.
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