Bloomington, Ind. -- Indiana softball head coach Sara Hayes Nottger welcomes seven newcomers to this season's squad. Senior transfer Karly McCormack (Antioch, Calif./Central Michigan) heads the list along with freshmen Katie Collins (Morton, Ill./Morton), Heather Hohs (Morton Grove, Ill./Niles West), Kim Richards (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), Rachel Terry (Palatine, Ill./Fremd), Christy Wahl (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) and Andrea Williams (Clarkston, Ga.).
"We added a lot of speed and versatility to our team with this class" said Nottger. "We have one of the best players from the state of Indiana, three of the best out of Illinois, two of the top players from Georgia and one of California's best. Our position players will be able to play multiple positions. We also strengthened our pitching staff. We looked for quality individuals with character who work hard in the classroom, and we think this class does exactly that."
Karly McCormack (1B) heads to Indiana after playing three seasons at Central Michigan and her high school ball in California. As a member of the Chippewas, McCormack was named first-team All-Mac in 2002. The Antioch, Calif., native was named the MAC tournament co-MVP, hitting three home runs in three games at the tournament, including two two-run homers in the championship game. Playing in 45 games with 43 starts, McCormack hit .318 with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and 19 RBIs. She batted a team-best .468 in league games and was named MAC West Division Player of the Week on April 15.
McCormack started 56 games at first base her freshman season, pounding three home runs, eight doubles and 16 RBIs. She was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week on March 5.
At Antioch High School, McCormack was a four-time all-conference selection. She earned first-team All-CIF honors as a senior and second team as a junior, along with being named league MVP her senior season. McCormack also earned first-team all-county honors two times during her high school career.
The first of three additions from Illinois, Katie Collins (P/OF) will add depth to the Hoosier pitching staff. A four-year varsity pitcher at Morton High School, Collins was named first-team Mid-Illini All-Conference and third-team All-State in 2002. The Morton, Ill., native was the only undefeated pitcher in the league her sophomore and junior seasons (13-0), contributing to a .750 career winning percentage. The 2002 NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete was a member of the Illinois McDonalds/Mitsubishi all-star softball team playing the Cuban Olympic team in Havana. Collins also played in six national tournaments from 1998-2002 with an ASA travel team, which finished third in 1998 and 1999 and fourth in 2002 in the Illinois ASA State Tournament.
In addition to her athletic achievements, the Hoosier newcomer was an honor roll student and named Who's Who Among American High School Students all four years of her high school year.
A graduate of Niles West High School, Heather Hohs (OF) brings an impressive resume to IU. The left-handed hitting Hohs batted .451 as a four-year starter with a .532 on base percentage to go along with 27 stolen bases. Also hailing from Morton Grove, Ill., Hohs was a two-time all-conference and all-area selection and was an honorary captain of the all-area team her senior season.
Academically, Hohs was a three-year Central Suburban League Scholar Athlete named Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Rounding out the trio from Illinois is Rachel Terry (C/INF) from Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill. Terry will help solidify the catcher's position. The Palatine, Ill., native holds Fremd's career home run and RBIs records. In her senior season, Terry batted .330, netting all-conference and all-area honors and earning a sport on the Illinois All-Star team.
Off the diamond, Terry excelled in the classroom. An honor roll student, she received the Viking Pride Award and was named Student of the Month.
One of the top high school stars in the state of Indiana, Kim Richards (OF) will help patrol the outfield when action begins in the spring. The two-time all-state and three-time Indianapolis Star Super Team selection was named the Marion County Player of the Year in 2003. A versatile player, Richards sparkles with her glove and bat. Richards holds the Indiana state record for most defensive putouts in a season and is the all-time career hits leader at Warren Central High School. In addition to her all-state accolades, the Indianapolis, Ind., native was a four-year all-conference selection and three-time All-Marion County member. She finished her high school career in the top 10 in batting average, RBIs, doubles and triples. Richards was also a member of the 2003 Indiana 18U ASA State Champion team.
To go along with her prowess on the softball field, Richards also starred on the volleyball and basketball courts. She lettered four years in both sports, earning all-conference honors all four years in volleyball and All-Marion County honors three times. Her senior season, Richards was named honorable mention all-state in volleyball. Demonstrating respect from her peers and leadership ability, Richards was named captain simultaneously on her volleyball, basketball and softball squads.
Along with Collins, Christy Wahl comes to Indiana to help bolster the team's pitching depth. Wahl's impressive high school career at Tucker High School is filled with superlatives. The Tucker, Ga., native was a GACA AAAA All-State member all four seasons of her career, including first-team honors in 2002. Wahl was also named to the DeKalb All-County first team each season to go along with being named the 2001 DeKalb Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, her jersey (#6) was retired after she posted a 90-33 career record with a .67 ERA in addition to 1,601 strikeouts in 780 innings pitched.
Wahl also saw extensive action with summer traveling teams. She was a member of the 2003 Atlanta Vipers Gold team that placed fourth at the USF Canada Cup. Wahl also was a member of the South Gwinnett Comets (1999-2001) and the Tucker Elite Gold (2002).
In the classroom, Wahl was a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club.
"Overall, we increased our athleticism and talent," said Nottger. "This class is very good, and we are very happy they wanted to come play at Indiana University. We look forward to this spring and are ready to take this program to another level."