Christy Hebert Named Assistant Coach With Hoosier Softball Team
Aug. 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head softball coach Michelle Gardner rounded out her coaching staff on Tuesday, announcing the hiring of Christy Hebert as an assistant coach. Hebert has Big Ten ties, as she was a two-time All-American shortstop at Iowa and an assistant coach at Northwestern for two seasons.
"I am extremely excited to add Christy to my staff here at Indiana," Gardner said. "She was a two-time All-American at Iowa and was an assistant at Northwestern so she has some tremendous connections to the Big Ten. And her head coaching experience at Northern Iowa will also be an asset not just to the coaching staff but to the entire program."
Hebert (pronounced HEE-bert) was an assistant coach for the 2007 season with the New England Riptide of the National Pro Fastpitch league before moving on to be an instructor for Perfect Game USA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she helped with developing hitting mechanics and defensive skills for players ranging from 10 to 17.
"I am really excited to be back in the Big Ten Conference and to coach at such a successful and wonderful school like Indiana University," Hebert said. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach Gardner and Coach Rivera to bring success to the IU softball program."
With the Riptide, she coached the league's player of the year and pitcher of the year while also getting involved in the community through numerous camps and clinics.
Prior to moving on to the Riptide, Hebert coached at the University of Northern Iowa for seven seasons, the last five as the head coach. With the Panthers, Hebert coached the school's only first team All-American as well as 15 All-Missouri Valley Conference selections and five Academic All-Conference selections.
Before joining Northern Iowa, Hebert was an assistant coach at Northwestern for the 1999 and 2000 seasons, helping the Wildcats collect three All-Big Ten selections and three NFCA All-Mideast Region selections in addition to an NFCA Academic All-American and a handful of Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Upon the completion of her collegiate career at Iowa, Hebert played three summers, from 1998-2000, as a shortstop with the North Carolina Diamonds of the Women's Professional Softball League and was named to the WPSL All-Star team.
During her career at the University of Iowa, she played shortstop for NFCA Hall of Fame head coach Gayle Blevins where she was an All-American in 1996 and 1997 and All-Big Ten from 1995-97. She was named team MVP in 1996 and a member of the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team in 1997 while the Hawkeyes participated in the World Series in each of her final three seasons in Iowa City.
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