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Sept. 8, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Recent Ohio State softball graduates Katie Chain, Chrissy Fowler, Kristine Himes and Anna Smith all have landed jobs in the softball coaching profession. Chain is the pitching coach at Akron. Fowler is an assistant coach at Bucknell (Pa.). Himes is an assistant coach at George Washington and Smith is a graduate assistant coach at Le Verne (Ca.).

“We’re very proud to have former OSU softball players move into college coaching positions,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “All four of these young ladies had great careers at Ohio State and now they look to make the same kind of impact as coaches at their respective schools. I know they’ll do an outstanding job as softball coaches and mentors for the young women they will come in contact with. I know if I was a young softball player, I would be privileged to be coached by any one of them.”

Chain will work largely with the pitchers and catchers at Akron. She is also responsible for organizing team travel and equipment and will share some recruiting duties. Chain, a letterwinner from 2000-03, left Ohio State at the top of every Ohio State career pitching record and was named the 2003 Coaches’ Award winner. A four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Chain owns the marks for most career wins (67), innings pitched (677.3), strikeouts (692) and shutouts (26) in Buckeye history. Ohio State’s first pitcher to reach 600 strikeouts, Chain was a three-time all-conference pick, a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. For a complete release about the hiring of Chain, please log on to: /sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/090604aaa.html

Fowler, who will be working primarily as the recruiting coordinator and with outfielders at Bucknell, was a senior captain on the 2002 Buckeye softball team that is considered to have posted one of the most impressive campaigns in Buckeye history. The team recorded a 55-14 overall record and runners-up finishes in the Big Ten, the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA Region 6 Tournament. A letterwinner from 2000-02, Fowler was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. Fowler, a three-time NFCA Academic All-American, was the 2000 Ohio State Most Improved Player and the 2002 Department of Women’s Studies Outstanding Achievement Award recipient. For a complete release on the addition of Fowler, please log on to: /sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/080204aaa.html Himes, a four-year lettwerwinner (2000-03) at OSU, will assist in all aspects of George Washington’s softball program, including recruiting, developing each hitter’s individual batting techniques and working on defense with the infielders. Himes was a 2002 Third-Team All-Big Ten selection and a two-time OSU Defensive Player of the Year award winner. Ohio State’s career home run leader with 41 dingers to her name, Himes was a 2002 Academic All-Big Ten selection, a 2002 OSU Scholar-Athlete and the 2000 Ohio State Rookie of the Year. For a complete release on Himes’ hiring at George Washington, please log on to: /sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/081604aaa.html

Smith, the 2002 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year, made history while wearing Scarlet and Gray when she became the Buckeyes’ only softball player in the 34-year history of the program to garner first team All-America honors and earn a tryout with the United States National Team. A first team selection for All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region, Smith was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year awards as a senior in 2002. She set six records in her final campaign, including highest batting average for a season at .507 and hits in a season with 105. To follow the La Verne softball program, please log on to: http://www.ulv.edu/athletics/