Natalie Ruechel was hired as Averett University’s Csoftball head coach in May 2018 after previously serving as an assistant coach with the Cougars for two seasons.
A native of Oconto, Wisconsin, Ruechel joined Averett’s softball program in June 2016. In her first season, she helped guide Averett to the 2017 USA South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance. In two seasons with Ruechel as an assistant coach, Averett compiled a 50-44 overall with a 24-14 mark in the conference. The program enjoyed individual success as well, producing one All-American selection, one Academic All-America selection, one USA South Player of the Year and one USA South Rookie of the Year and six all-conference performers in addition to winning a pair of games over nationally ranked opponents.
Prior to coming to Averett, Ruechel spent one season as the pitching coach at her undergraduate alma mater, Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and helped guide the Pioneers to a 25-15 record. Her coaching experience also includes time working various softball clinics and teaching private pitching and catching instruction. Ruechel played two seasons at Division III Carroll, where she went 13-9 in the circle as a senior while earning All-Midwest Conference Second Team honors. In addition, she was a team captain for the Pioneers during her senior season. Prior to Carroll, She played at Division II Wayne State College for one season, where she appeared in 24 games as a relief pitcher and pinch hitter. She began her collegiate playing career at Iowa Western Community College, going 8-0 with a 1.64 earned run average in 42.2 innings pitched while helping her team compile a 38-18 record.
Allie Reid joined the Averett University softball program as an assistant coach in July 2017.
Reid played four-plus seasons of collegiate softball, finishing her career at Division II Concord. Mostly a pitcher, Reid went 41-25 in the circle while setting the program record for career wins at Concord. She earned All-Mountain East Conference Second Team honors in 2015, and she twice earned MEC Pitcher of the Week accolades. She began her career at Division I Radford University.
In addition to her playing experience, Reid has coached the Loudoun Storm fastpitch travel softball organization while also giving instructional lessons for six years. A native of Lovettsville, Virginia, Reid earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Concord in 2017. She is currently pursuing her master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Averett.
Summer Robinson joined the Averett University softball program as an assistant coach in July 2018.
Robinson previously served as a volunteer assistant coach at Division I Radford University, her alma mater, during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. She also worked as a fitness, strength and conditioning intern at Radford during the fall of 2017. Robinson played four years at Radford as an outfielder. She played in 212 games, making 207 career starts while hitting .241 with 140 hits, 79 runs batted in, 24 doubles and 16 home runs.
A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Robinson graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health and human performance in December 2017. She is currently pursuing her master’s of business administration from Averett.