Aug. 26, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia head softball coach Joanna Hardin announced the addition of Katie Repole as an assistant coach, completing the staff for the first-year head coach who took over program in June.

Repole, who comes to the Cavaliers after completing a playing career at nationally-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette last spring, brings with her playing and coaching experience at a variety of levels. Repole will work with the outfielders, assist with the offense and also serve as recruiting coordinator for the program.

“We are so fortunate to have Katie join our staff,” Hardin said. “She is incredibly bright, driven and passionate about building a championship culture at UVA. Katie has an eye for talent, great recruiting and scouting sense, and is excellent at player development. Her approach and work ethic definitely elevates our staff”

“I’m extremely blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of the UVA softball family,” Repole said. “Both the University and athletics department uphold values that I regard as essential and dear to my heart as they tirelessly strive to create an environment for athletes and coaches to pursue the best version of themselves.

“I’d like to thank Craig Littlepage and Valerie Richardson for the incredible opportunity to represent the University of Virginia, and its athletic department, through the softball program. I would also like to thank Coach Hardin, who has been a mentor and a friend of mine for years. I’m ready to get to work for UVA.”

Repole began her playing career at Illinois, playing two seasons with the Illini at third base. Repole made 66 starts across her two seasons before transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette. After sitting out a season following her transfer, Repole helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 46-9 record and a top-10 national rankings last season. Louisiana-Lafayette advanced to an NCAA Super Regional against the eventual NCAA Champion Oklahoma Sooners.

In a coaching capacity, Repole has worked at several instructional clinics across the country with multiple NCAA Division I programs. She has also served as an assistant coach with the Texas Bombers 18U softball team and the Texas Bombers 16U Gold team, a program that has consistently finished among the top teams in the nation with an ASA 16U Gold national championship.

She also worked as a Director of Development with the Texas Bombers organization, working with athletes from all 52 teams and assisting members of the program in the recruiting process.